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Dr N. Piers Ludlow

Associate Professor

Other Titles: PhD Programme Director
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.

Dr Ludlow’s main research interests lie in the history of Western Europe since 1945, in particular the historical roots of the integration process and the development of the EU. He has just completed a monograph looking in some detail at Roy Jenkins’ presidency of the European Commission, which was published by Palgrave in April 2016. He also works on the Cold War, and in particular West-West relations during the East-West struggle. In the medium term he plans to write a detailed study of the development of transatlantic relations during the Cold War – and in particular of the way in which the Americans sought to balance their bilateral and multilateral dealings with their Western European allies, and the way in which the European allies jostled for the ear of the Americans. A first taste of this research appeared in his Journal of Cold War Studies article in 2013.

Watch Dr Piers Ludlow talk about the International History Department, teaching, careers and London life.

Videos recorded in 2005/2006



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 (taught jointly with other faculty members)

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

HY411: European Integration in the Twentieth Century

Videos recorded in May 2015 | All information accurate at time of recording


Dr Ludlow also supervises the following PhD students:

Research Student Provisional Thesis Title
Bastiaan Bouwman The Human Rights Engagement of the Ecumenical Movement, 1948-1980: The World Council of Churches, Britain, and the Netherlands
Alexandre Dab Globalising national foreign policies: European Political Cooperation and the rise of a post-Cold War order, 1979-1981
Benjamin Heckscher Coming Soon
Corina Mavrodin Romanian foreign policy, 1956-1969
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

Teaching Awards

In June 2016, Dr Piers Ludlow won an LSE Excellence in Education Award with other members of the Department. Designed to support the School’s aspiration of creating ‘a culture where excellence in teaching is valued and rewarded on a level with excellence in research’ (LSE Strategy 2020), the Excellence in Education Awards are made, on the recommendations of Heads of Department, to staff who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.

Dr Piers Ludlow has written three 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) Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976-1980: At the Heart of Europe (Palgrave, 2016) and (jointly) edited five 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) Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945-1990 (Berghahn, 2012) and The European Commission 1973-1986. History and Memories of an institution (Luxembourg: Publication Office of the EU, 2014).

Other recent publications include:

List of publications on LSE Research Online


Dr Piers Ludlow Promoted

Dr Piers Ludlow was promoted to Professor in March 2017. The position will become official on 1 August 2017. 


Dr Piers Ludlow Analysis Brexit Outcome in the “UK in a Changing Europe Initiative” Blog

On 21 October 2016, Dr Piers Ludlow, our specialist in EU integration and development history, contributed an analysis post to KCL’s UK in a Changing Europe Initiative blog, entitled “An Elite Problem Too”. Dr Ludlow argues that Britain’s political elite, including many of those who voted remain, played a part in the Brexit referendum outcome. Read his full post here.
Dr Piers Ludlow on Brexit for the Politheor

On 29 August 2016, Dr Piers Ludlow was interviewed for the latest issue of Politheor: European Policy Network on the future of the European project. Dr Ludlow shares his views on European integration, Brexit and why he thinks that “Brexit is neither the first nor the worst crisis that the EU has confronted”. Read the interview here.
Author Interview with Dr Piers Ludlow: Portrait of President

In Dr Piers Ludlow’s latest book, Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976 –1980: At the Heart of Europe (Palgrave, 2016), he argues that Roy Jenkins brought great talent to Europe’s top job. He played a key role in re-launching European monetary integration, winning the right to attend the new global summits, and smoothing Greece’s path to EC membership. During his tenure as president of the European Commission, Roy Jenkins helped the institution emerge from a period of crisis and laid the foundations for the European Union (EU). In this interview with Peter Carrol for the LSE Review of Books (11 May 2016), Dr Piers Ludlow discusses Jenkins’s legacy in relation to Europe, British politics and how Jenkins’s gregarious personality was both a help and a hindrance in his political career. Read the full interview here. This interview was originally published as a ‘Research Highlights’ feature.



   Dr Piers Ludlow, Reader in International HistoryExpertsPage