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Dr N. Piers Ludlow

Associate Professor

Other Titles: Undergraduate Examinations Chair
Research Interests:
Western Europe since 1945; European Integration
Room: SAR.2.16
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7099

Dr Ludlow studied for his undergraduate degree at Trinity College, Oxford before moving on to St Antony's College Oxford to study for his D.Phil. He was then a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford until he joined LSE in 1998.

In 2009, Dr Ludlow completed a six month spell as a visiting fellow at the History Department, Princeton University. While in the US his research focused on the development of transatlantic relations during the Cold War – and in particular in the way in which the Americans sought to balance their bilateral and multilateral dealings with their Western European allies. The eventual plan is to produce a wide-ranging monograph on this theme drawing upon research from both US and European archives. In the shorter term, Dr. Ludlow is also planning a monograph looking in some depth at the Roy Jenkins’ Presidency of the European Commission, and a detailed historical investigation of the Treaty of Rome negotiations which, inexplicably in view of their subsequent importance, still await a comprehensive archival treatment. 

Dr Ludlow's main research interests lie in the history of Western Europe since 1945, and in particular in the historical roots of the European integration process and the early stages of development of the EU. He is also interested in the history of the Cold War in Europe (he is an editor of Cold War History) and in the links between Western Europe and the United States throughout the Cold War period. 


Dr Piers Ludlow teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY206: The International History of the Cold War, 1945-1989

HY238: The Cold War and European Integration

At Master's level:

HY400: Crisis Decision-Making in War and Peace, 1914-2003 (taught jointly with other faculty members)

HY411: European Integration in the Twentieth Century

Dr Ludlow also supervises the following PhD students:

Research Student Provisional Thesis Title
Bastiaan Bouwman Becoming Politics. Human Rights Institutionalization and International Civil Society in the Netherlands and Britain in the 1970s
Alexandre Dab National foreign policies and European Political Cooperation, 1979-1981: A historical analysis of the Venice Declaration
Tommaso Milani  'Les Belles Années du Plan': Mixed Economy and Supranational Integration in European Socialism, 1930-1945 
Eline van Ommen  Nicaraguan and Western European Relations in the late 1970s and 1980s
Roberto Ventresca
(Visiting Research Student, Michaelmas Term only)
The era of technocracies: Italy and OEEC in the first stages of the European integration process (1947-1953)

Dr Piers Ludlow has written two books: Dealing with Britain: The Six and the First UK Membership Application (Cambridge University Press, 1997) The European Community and the Crises of the 1960s: Negotiating the Gaullist Challenge (Routledge: 2006) and (jointly) edited four more, Les administrations nationales et la construction européenne: une approche historique (1919-1975) (Peter Lang, 2005); European Integration and the Cold War: Ostpolitik-Westpolitik, 1965-1973 (Routledge, 2007); Europe and the End of the Cold War: A Reappraisal (Routledge, 2008) and Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945-1990 (Berghahn, 2012).

Other recent publications include:

  • ‘The Real Years of Europe: US-West European Relations during the Ford Administration’, Journal of Cold War Studies, forthcoming 2013;
  • ‘Transatlantic Relations in the Johnson and Nixon Eras: the crisis that didn’t happen and what it suggests about the one that did’, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 8 (1), 2010;
  • ‘Navigating the European Stream at Full Flood: Jacques Delors as Commission President (1985-95)’ in J. van der Harst and G. Voerman (eds.), European Commission Presidents (John Harper, 2013 forthcoming);
  • ‘The Unnoticed Apogee of Atlanticism: US-West European Relations during the Early Reagan Era’ in K. Patel & K. Weisbrode (eds), European Integration and the Atlantic Community in the 1980s: Old Barriers, New Openings (Cambridge University Press, 2013 forthcoming);
  • ‘The New Cold War and the Expansion of the EC – A Nexus?’ in J. Laursen (ed.), From Crisis to New Dynamics: the European Community 1973-83 (Bruylant, 2013 forthcoming)
  • ‘Problem Partners: De Gaulle, Thatcher and their Impact’ in A. Menon, E. Jones & S. Weatherill (eds.), Oxford Handbook to the EU (Oxford University Press, 2012)

List of publications on LSE Research Online

Watch Dr Piers Ludlow talk about his courses, how they are structured and how students can benefit from taking them in order to better understand the world we live in today.

HY206: The International History of the Cold War, 1945 - 1989

HY238: The Cold War and European Integration, 1947 - 1992

HY400: Crisis Decision Making in War and Peace, 1914 - 2003

HY411: European Integration in the Twentieth Century

Videos recorded in May 2015

Piers Ludlow

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Videos recorded in 2005/2006

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