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Dr Heather Jones

Associate Professor

Other Titles: Masters Tutor (Michaelmas Term and Lent Term)
Research Interests: First World War; History of Prisoner of War Treatment; Weimar Germany; Irish Politics
Room: SAR.3.12
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7724

Dr Heather Jones is a specialist in First World War Studies with a particular interest in the evolution of wartime violence and the cultural impact of the conflict in Britain, France and Germany. Her other main research areas are: the history of prisoner of war treatment in twentieth-century Europe; Weimar Germany; Irish politics, conflict and culture, 1913-1923.

Dr Jones came to LSE in 2008. She is a former IRCHSS Lecturer in European History at Trinity College, Dublin and held a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence. She also held a research position at the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.

She obtained her B.A. at Trinity College Dublin where she was a foundation scholar, and holds an M.Phil. from St John's College, Cambridge. A former Government of Ireland Research Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences, she completed her Ph.D. at Trinity College Dublin, in 2006, on wartime violence against prisoners of war in Britain, France and Germany, 1914-1920, a study which was awarded the Eda Sagarra Medal by the Government of Ireland Research Council in the Humanities and Social Sciences. During her doctoral studies she spent a year as an affiliated student at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for the Research of the First World War at the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne and an external associate of the Centre for War Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. Jones co-edited two sections of the 2014, 3 volume, Cambridge History of the First World War, edited by Jay Winter. She is also a senior member of the International Society for First World War Studies and on the editorial board of its Journal First World War Studies. She is on the editorial board of the 14-18-Online Encyclopedia of the First World War, a major new online research encyclopedia of the conflict, a Great War centenary project.

Jones is an advisor to the Lives of the First World War Project at the Imperial War Museum.

In 2010, Heather Jones was selected to be included in Mosaic: A Celebration of Irish Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a book commissioned by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). This commemorative book profiles 27 outstanding IRCHSS awardees of the last decade and marks the special occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Research Council.

She has presented at scholarly conferences and seminars at a range of universities and research institutes, including Cambridge, Bielefeld, Sussex, Birmingham, Edinburgh, St Andrews, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Trondheim, Exeter, the European University Institute Florence, and the German Historical Institute, Paris. She is currently working on a new monograph on the propaganda representation of the economic blockade of Germany during the First World War and a study of the British monarchy.

In early 2013, Dr Jones won one of LSE's Major Review Teaching Prizes.



Watch Dr Heather Jones, Masters Tutor, introducing students to postgraduate programmes that are offered in partnership with other institutions. These are the LSE-Columbia University Double Degree in International and World History and the LSE-PKU Double Degree in Public Administration and Government, organised jointly by LSE and Peking University. The Department offers three other one-year programmes that examine the history of international relations and colonialism and globalisation. Students can find jobs in the government and in private firms.

Interview recorded and hosted by Postgraduate Research | Video recorded in 2013/2014. All values were correct at the time of the interview.


Dr Heather Jones teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY226: The Great War, 1914-1918

HY240: From Empire to Commonwealth: war, race and imperialism in British History, 1780 to the present day (taught jointly with other members of staff)

HY241: What is History? Methods and Debates

At Masters level:

HY439: War Cultures 1890-1945

Dr Jones also supervises the following PhD students:

Research Student Provisional Thesis Title
Alexander Mayhew The Power of Perception: Englishmen's Morale on the Western Front, 1914-1918
Tommaso Milani 'Les Belles Années du Plan': Mixed Economy and Supranational Integration in European Socialism, 1930-1945
Artemis Photiadou The Development of British Interrogation Policy
Ian Stewart Celtic Nationalism and the Pan-Celtic Movement in Britain, Ireland, and France, c.1860-1920

Dr Heather Jones's recent publications include the book Violence Against Prisoners of War in the First World War: Britain, France and Germany, 1914-1920 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Untold War. New Perspectives in First World War Studies (Boston; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2008) which she jointly edited with Christoph Schmidt-Supprian and Jennifer O'Brien. She co-edited, together with Arndt Weinrich, ‘Guerres Futures, Guerres Imaginées,’ a special themed section in Francia. Journal of the German Historical Institute Paris (December, 2013). Her newest co-edited volume, published in French with Nicolas Beaupré and Anne Rasmussen, is called Dans la Guerre, 1914-1918. Accepter, Endurer, Refuser (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2015). 

She has also published the following scholarly articles: 

  • Heather Jones and Richard D. Smith, 'Introduction: Sir Edward Grey and the Outbreak of the First World War,' The International History Review, 38, 2 (2016), 243-249.
  • Heather Jones, ‘Revising the Laws of War on Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century: Introduction,’ War in History, 23, 4 (2016), 408-415.
  • Heather Jones, 'The Great War: How 14-18 changed the relationship between war and civilians,' The RUSI Journal, (August 2014), 159, 4.
  • Heather Jones and Arndt Weinrich, ‘Introduction,’ ‘Guerres Futures, Guerres Imaginées,’ special edition of Francia. Forschungen zur westeuropäischen Geschichte. Journal of the German Historical Institute Paris (2013).
  • Heather Jones, “As the Centenary Approaches: The Regeneration of First World War Historiography,” Historiographical Review Article, Historical Journal, 56, 3 (2013), 857-878.
  • Heather Jones, “Kriegsgefangenenlager: Der moderne Staat und die Radikalisierung der Gefangenschaft im Ersten Weltkrieg” [“The Prisoner of War Camp, the Modern State and the Radicalization of Captivity, 1914-1918,”] Mittelweg 36. Journal of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, 4, 20 JG (2011), pp. 59-75.  
  • Heather Jones, “International or Transnational? Humanitarian Action during the First World War,” European Review of History, 16, 5 (2009), pp. 697-713.
  • Heather Jones, “A Missing Paradigm? Military Captivity and the Prisoner of War, 1914-1920” Immigrants and Minorities, 26, Issues 1/2, (March/July 2008), pp. 19-48.
  • "The Final Logic of Sacrifice? Violence in German Prisoner of War Labor Companies in 1918," The Historian, vol. 68, no. 4, winter 2006, pp. 770-791
  • "The German Spring Reprisals of 1917: Prisoners of War and the Violence of the Western Front," German History (2008)
  • "Encountering the 'Enemy': Prisoner of War Transport and the Development of War Cultures in 1914" in Pierre Purseigle ed., Warfare and Belligerence: Perspectives in First World War Studies (Boston; Leiden, Brill Academic Publishers, 2005), pp. 133-162
  • "How do you assess Rapallo in the context of early German Foreign Policy?",History Studies, History Society Journal, University of Limerick, vol. 2, autumn 2000, pp. 84-93

She has published the following (selected) chapters in edited volumes:

  • Heather Jones, “A Prince in the Trenches? Edward VIII and the First World War” in Heidi Merkhens and Frank Lorenz Müller eds., Sons and Heirs: Succession and Political Culture in 19th Century Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
  • Heather Jones, 'Endurer la captivité. Les mécanismes de coping des prisonniers de guerre pendant la Grande Guerre,' in Heather Jones, Nicolas Beaupré and Anne Rasmussen eds.,  Dans la Guerre 1914-1918: Accepter, Endurer, Refuser (Paris, Belles Lettres, 2015).
  • Nicolas Beaupré, Heather Jones, Anne Rasmussen, ‘Postface. Accepter, endure, refuser. Retours d’expérience, 1914-2014’ in Heather Jones, Nicolas Beaupré and Anne Rasmussen eds.,  Dans la Guerre 1914-1918: Accepter, Endurer, Refuser (Paris, Belles Lettres, 2015).
  • Heather Jones, ‘The German Empire,’ in Robert Gerwarth and Erez Manela eds, Empires at War, 1911-1923 (Oxford, OUP, 2014), pp. 52-72.
  • Heather Jones, ‘A Process of Modernization? Prisoner of War Interrogation and Human Intelligence Gathering in the First World War’ in Simona Tobia and Christopher Andrew, eds, Interrogation in War and Conflict: a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis (London, Routledge, 2014).
  • Heather Jones and Laurence van Ypersele, Introduction to the Section “Populations in Danger,” in Jay Winter ed., The Cambridge History of the First World War (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • Heather Jones and Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau, Introduction to the Section “Armed Forces,” in Jay Winter ed. The Cambridge History of the First World War (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • Heather Jones, “Prisoners of War” in Jay Winter, ed., The Cambridge History of the First World War, vol. 2, (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  •  Heather Jones, ‘Discipline and Punish? Forms of violent punishment in prisoner of war camps in the First World War: a comparative analysis,’ in Jens Thiel and Christoph Jahr, eds, Welt der Lager (Berlin, Metropol Verlages, 2013).
  • Heather Jones, “A Technological Revolution? The Great War and the Radicalization of the Prisoner of War Camp,” in Alan Kramer and Bettina Greiner, eds, Welt der Lager. Zur ‘Erfolgsgeschichte’ einer Institution (Hamburger Edition, Berlin, 2013).
  • Heather Jones, “Propaganda, Trauma and Remembrance: Trinity College Library’s Collection of First World War Memoirs” in William Vaughan, ed., The Old Library, Trinity College Dublin, 1712-2012 (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2012) 
  • Heather Jones, “Droit international et prisonniers de guerre occidentaux lors de la Grande Guerre” in Fabien Théofilakis and Anne-Marie Pathé, eds, La captivité de guerre au XXe siècle / Des archives, des histoires, des mémoires (Paris, Armand Colin, 2012)
  • Heather Jones, “Imperial Captivities: Colonial Prisoners of War in Germany and the Ottoman Empire, 1914-1918,” in Santanu Das ed., Race, Empire and First World War Writing(Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • Heather Jones, “Blockades” in Gordon Martel, ed., The Encyclopedia of War (Blackwell, 2011)
  • Heather Jones, “Un tournant dans la guerre: le typhus dans les camps de prisonniers de guerre allemands en 1915” in John Horne ed., Vers la Guerre Totale. Le Tournant de 1914-15 (Paris, Tallandier, 2010), pp. 221-244.
  • Heather Jones, “A Missing Paradigm? Military Captivity and the Prisoner of War, 1914-1920 ” in Matthew Stibbe, ed, Captivity, Forced Labour and Forced Migration in Europe during the First World War (Routledge, 2009).
  • Heather Jones, Jennifer O’Brien and Christoph Schmidt-Supprian, “ Untold War” in Heather Jones, Jennifer O’Brien and Christoph Schmidt-Supprian, eds, Untold War: New Perspectives in First World War Studies (Boston; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2008), pp. 1-19.
  • Heather Jones, “Encountering the ‘Enemy’: Prisoner of War Transport and the Development of War Cultures in 1914” in Pierre Purseigle ed., Warfare and Belligerence: Perspectives in First World War Studies (Boston; Leiden, Brill Academic Publishers, 2005), pp. 133-162.

She has also published book reviews in German History, The Journal of Modern History, The Journal of Contemporary History, The English Historical Review, Twentieth Century British History, The European Review of History, The Irish Times and Francia. Forschungen zur westeuropäischen Geschichte.

Watch Dr Jones discuss her research on A Very Modern Action: The Spring Reprisals of 1917.

Full list of publications on LSE Research Online


Dr Heather Jones Talks about “The Howth Mauser" on BBC Radio 3 “The Essay”

Dr Heather Jones contributed a 15-minute long piece to The Essay, a BBC3 Radio programme where leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond provide insights, opinions and intellectual surprises on a particular theme. In an episode aired on 27 January, under the theme of Gun Culture, Dr Jones talked about the deadly symbolism of the Howth Mauser and other guns as the struggles for freedom began in 20th Century Ireland. “The arrival of crate-loads of already out-of-date German rifles in 1914 proved electrifying to the Irish Nationalist struggle and the cult of the gun had deep meaning for all sides in the struggle to come." Download the podcast here.


Dr Heather Jones on BBC Radio 4

Dr Heather Jones was on BBC Radio 4 talking about the Easter Rising 1916 on 18 and on 25 March. Dr Jones explored how six days of armed struggle changed Irish and British History. Read more about it and catch up on the episodes here (UK only). On 14 March, Dr Heather Jones was an interviewed guest on the Start the Week, broadcast by the same radio station. The topic of conversation was “The Easter Rising: 100 Years On”. In her contribution, Dr Jones looked back a hundred years to the Easter Rising of 1916 and placed this historical moment in the context of the Great War. Listen to the the podcast here (UK only).


New publication by Dr Heather Jones

Dr Heather Jones has a new co-edited book coming out on 14 September. The book, published in French with Nicolas Beaupré and Anne Rasmussenis, focus on the First World War, her area of expertise, and it's called Dans la guerre 1914-1918. Accepter, Endurer, Refuser. Read more about it here (in french).
Dr Heather Jones Contributes to RTÉ Documentary

Dr Heather Jones contributed to a documentary broadcast by RTÉ on Tuesday, 21 April 2015, called 'Gallipoli-Ireland's Forgotten Heroes'. In the documentary, David Davin-Power travels to Turkey to commemorate the 3,000 Irish soldiers who were killed at the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War.
Dr Heather Jones on The Return of the Brute

On 18 January 2015, Dr Heather Jones was a guest on RTE Radio 1, The History Show, discussing Liam O’Flaherty’s novel about the First World War, The Return of the Brute. Other partipants in the book club choice discussion were consultant psychiatrist, Brendan Kelly and history teacher, Noel Wade. The novel was first published in 1929. Listen to the podcast here.


Dr Heather Jones on RTÉ Radio 1's History Show

On 7 December 2014, Dr Heather Jones recommended history books to be given on Christmas morning in RTÉ Radio 1's History Show. Other participants in the show were Anne McLellan; novelist and scholar, Alan Titley; and RTE's Richard Downes. Listen to the podcast here.
Dr Heather Jones on The History Show

On 9 November 2014, Dr Heather Jones was on RTE Radio 1's flagship history programme, The History Show, discussing First World War commemoration in Ireland. She talked about the Irish Memorials to WW1 Dead, more specifically the significance of these memorials and how the Irish attitude to commemorating the war dead has changed over the past century. She also discussed what the Enniskillen Bombing symbolised in terms of the polarisation of Irish views of war remembrance in 1987 and how it symbolised a turning point in terms of the Irish relationship with the First World War as an historical event. Listen to the podcast here.
Dr Heather Jones gives a lecture at the Parnell Summer School

Dr Heather Jones was invited to give a lecture to the Parnell Summer School in Avondale, Co Wicklow, Ireland, on the topic of “Violent transgression and the First World War, 1914–1918”. The lecture was to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel and was reported in the Irish Times on 12 August 2014. Read the article here.
Dr Jones on BBC Radio 4

On 11 August 2014, Dr Heather Jones spoke in BBC Radio 4's programme 'Document': 'The Hague Warning'. The programme examined "the state of the British intelligence community [in July 1939], the split between appeasers and those who distrusted every German move and why this Document and the later Venlo incident in which two British intelligence officers walked into a trap laid by the Germans, was a Secret Intelligence Crisis".  Listen to it here.
BBC2: Railways of the Great War

In August 2014, BBC2 showed a five-part documentary series on the Railways of the Great War, presented by Michael Portillo. Dr Heather Jones was interviewed in Episode 5: Railways and Remembrance.
RTE: Nationwide: WW1 - 100 Years

Dr Heather Jones contributed to the documentary "Nationwide: WW1 - 100 Years" broadcast by the Irish TV station, RTE, on 30 July 2014. This First World War special examined a collection of photos found in an Irish cellar which were developed to reveal Irish men on the front line. Watch it here.
Dr Heather Jones on BBC Radio 3

On 30 June 2014, Dr Heather Jones was on BBC Radio 3 The Essay as part of their Minds at War series. She talked about Henri Barbusse's novel Le Feu in light of how great artists and thinkers responded to the First World War in individual work. Listen to the broadcast here.
Dr Heather Jones on BBC News Magazine

On 29 June 2014, Dr Heather Jones's latest article, "WW1: Was it really the First World War?", was published online on BBC News Magazine. In the article, she ponders on whether the war we now call the First World War or World War One is really an accurate description, whether it was really a global war and whether it was really the "first". In the first 24 hours after publication online the article got over half a million hits and was the 14th most read story on the BBC website.
Dr Heather Jones on Sky News

On 28 June 2014, exactly a century after Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated, triggering the First World War, Dr Heather Jones was invited to give a history lesson on Sky News. Watch the full interview here.
Gearty Grilling featuring Dr Heather Jones on the First World War

In June 2014, Dr Heather Jones participated in the weekly Gearty Grilling. She discussed why the British public supported the First World War and thousands of men volunteered to fight despite reports of massive casualties. Gearty Grilling is a weekly series of short, to-the-point video debates from LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) on key issues affecting the world today. It's purpose is to showcase the School's word class research and faculty. Watch the interview.
Dr Heather Jones presented World War One programme on Radio BBC World Service

Supported by rare material from the archives, Dr Heather Jones talked about how war affected populations around the world beyond the static front lines in Northern Europe (Somme, Verdun, Ypres and the Vimy Ridge). The show, World War One, aired on Saturday 14 June 2014 at 8:06 GMT and at 19.06 GMT on Sunday 15 June.
Jones Interviewed for BBC Radio 4 documentary on First World War

Dr Heather Jones featured as one of the contributors to a new documentary on the First World, entitled ‘The Great War of Words’. The first episode was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 9am on Tuesday 4 February, with a repeat at 21.30 that evening. It is also available through the BBC iPlayer service. For more details, please see the programme's homepage.