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Dr Aino Rosa Kristina Spohr
Other Titles: Deputy Head of Department
Research Interests: Germany after 1945; Cold War Summitry; the Global Ending of the Cold War; Theory and Practice of Contemporary History
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7103
Dr Kristina Spohr is a specialist in the International History of Germany since 1945. She is also researching the global end of the Cold War and interested in the theory and practice of Contemporary History.
Her books include Germany and the Baltic problem after the Cold War: The Development of a New Ostpolitik, 1989-2000 (London: Routledge, 2004; paperback 2013); Building Sustainable and Effective Capabilities: A Systemic Comparison of Professional and Conscript Forces (IOS Press, 2004 -- as editor and contributor); Journal of Contmporary History Special Issue: At the Crossroads of Past and Present — ‘Contemporary’ History and the Historical Discipline (London: Sage – vol. 46, 3 (2011 - as co-editor and contributor).
She is currently finishing a book entitled West Germany Comes of Age: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order in the 1970s; as well as working as lead-author on a co-edited volume for Oxford University Press on Cold War Summitry: Transcending the Division of Europe, 1970-1990.
Dr Spohr gained her B.A. (1997) from the University of East Anglia - with a year abroad at Sciences Po, Paris - where she read European Studies, Economics, French. She then moved to Cambridge University where she completed her M.Phil. in Historical Studies (1998) and Ph.D. in History (2000) at Peterhouse. In 2001 she worked as a Research Fellow in the Secretary General’s Private Office at NATO headquarters in Brussels. She was a Junior Research Fellow in History at Christ's College, Cambridge (2001-4), before joining the LSE in 2004.
In 2003 she was the recipient of a €30,000 NATO grant (NATO Science Programme/NATO Public Diplomacy Division). In 2008 she was awarded grants amounting to £16,100 by the German Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Journal of Contemporary History. In 2014 she won a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant and awards by LSE HEIF5, CRASSH , and the Cambridge University Mellon Fund amounting altogether to £21,000.
Dr Kristina Spohr usually teaches the following courses:
At undergraduate level:
HY116: International History since 1890 (taught jointly with other members of the Department)
HY320: The Cold War Endgame, 1975-1991
At Masters level:
HY432: From Cold Warriors to Peacemakers: The End of the Cold War Era, 1979-1997
Dr Spohr's former PhD students include Dr Elizabeth J. Benning (2011), Dr Eirini Karamouzi (2012), Dr Rui Lopes (2012), Dr Rita Augestad-Knudsen (2014) and Dr Zhong Z. Chen (2014).
Dr Kristina Spohr's published books include:
Dr Spohr has written numerous scholarly articles, including:
'Die deutsch-amerikanische Sicherheitspolitik in der Phase der Wiedervereinigung 1989/90 - or: A story of German International Emancipation through Political Unification', Historisch-Politische Mitteilungen (2014, forthcoming)
'Helmut Schmidt and the shaping of Western security in the late 1970s: The Guadeloupe Summit of 1979', International History Review (pre-published online version, 25 Nov. 2013).
'Precluded or precedent-setting?: the "NATO enlargement question" in the triangular Bonn-Washington-Moscow diplomacy of 1990/1991', Journal of Cold War Studies, 14, 4 (2012);
'Conflict and cooperation in intra-alliance nuclear politics: Western Europe, America and the genesis of Nato's dual-track decision, 1977-1979', Journal of Cold War Studies, 13, 2 (2011);
'Contemporary History in Europe: From mastering national pasts to the future of writing the World', Journal of Contemporary History 46, 3 (2011);
'Speaking truth to power: Contemporary History in the twenty-first century', Journal of Contemporary History 46, 3 (2011);
‘Germany and the politics of the neutron bomb, 1975-1979’, Diplomacy & Statecraft, 21, 2 (2010);
'The Baltic Question in West German politics, 1949-1990', Journal of Baltic Studies 39, 2 (2007);
'National interests and the power of "language": West German diplomacy and the Conference on security and cooperation in Europe, 1972-1975', Journal of Strategic Studies 29, 6 (2006);
'Between political rhetoric and realpolitik calculations: Western diplomacy and Baltic struggle for independence in the Cold War endgame', Cold War History 6, 1 (2006);
(with Ryan Hendrickson) 'From the Baltic to the Black sea: Bush's NATO enlargement', White House Studies 4, 3 (2004);
'Naton laajentuminen 2002: "Kuka" ja "kuinka"?', Ulkopolitiikka 4 (2001)['Nato enlargement 2002: "Who" and "how"?', Journal of Foreign Affairs by the Finnish Institute of Intl. Affairs]
'German Unification: Between official history, academic scholarship, and political memoirs', Historical Journal 43, 3 (2000);
She has also contributed chapters to a number of edited volumes by:
Leopoldo Nuti et al. (eds), The Euromissile Crisis and the End of the Cold War (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2014);
John Hiden, Vahur Made, David Smith (eds), The Baltic Question during the Cold War [Cold War History series] (Routledge, 2008; paperback 2009);
Miriam Dobson and Benjamin Ziemann (eds), Reading Primary Sources: The Interpretation of Texts from Modern History [Routledge Guides to Historical Sources] (Routledge, 2008);
Frederic Bozo et al. (eds), Europe and the End of the Cold War: A Reappraisal (Routledge, 2008);
Robert Gerwarth (ed.), Twisted Paths: Europe, 1914-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2007; paperback 2008).
Theresa Hitchens and Tomas Valasek (eds), Growing pains: the debate on the next round of Nato enlargement (CDI, 2002)
Dr Spohr is currently writing a monograph West Germany Comes of Age: Helmut Schmidt and the Rehaping of the International Order in the 1970s.
She is also working on a co-edited volume for Oxford University Press on Cold War Summitry: Transcending the Division of Europe, 1970-1990, for which together with Prof. David Reynolds of Cambridge University she won a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant and awards by HEIF5, CRASSH , and the Cambridge University Mellon Fund of overall £21,000 to co-host a conference on the book in Cambridge (22-23 September 2014) and a practitioners' seminar at the FCO in London (24 September 2014).
In 2008 she was awarded grants amounting to £16,100 by the German Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Journal of Contemporary History for a Joint LSE-King's College London conference entitled: 'At the Crossroads of Past and Present: "Contemporary" History and the Historical Discipline' (22-23 May 2009), which she organised with Prof. Jan Palmowski.
She was the recipient of a €30,000 NATO grant in the summer of 2003 for an Advanced Research Workshop (NATO Science Programme/NATO Public Diplomacy Division), 'A Systemic Comparison of Professional and Conscript Forces', in December 2003 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Full list of publications on LSE Research Online
Beyond the Cold War: how summits shaped the new world order
The seventh LSE Works lecture took place on Thursday 5 March and was given by LSE International History’s Dr Kristina Spohr on ‘Beyond the Cold War: how summits shaped the new world order’.
The respondents were Rodric Braithwaite GCMG, a British diplomat and author; Roderic Lyne, Deputy Chairman of Chatham House and Adviser, Russia and Eurasia Programme, and Arne Westad, Professor of International History at LSE and Director of LSE IDEAS. The event was chaired by Professor Stuart Corbridge, Deputy Director and Provost of LSE.
LSE Works is a series public lectures that will showcase some of the latest research by LSE's academic departments and research centres. In each session, LSE academics present key research findings, demonstrating where appropriate the implications of their studies for public policy.
Listen to the podcast or watch the lecture here.
Funding Success for Dr Kristina Spohr's Cold War Summitry
Dr Kristina Spohr, Deputy Head of the International History Department is lead-author of a book entitled Cold War Summitry: Transcending the Division of Europe, 1970-1990
, for which she has a contract with Oxford University Press.
She is collaborating on this project with Professor David Reynolds (Cambridge University), with whom she has recently won a British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant as well as getting awards from LSE HEIF5 (Knowledge Exchange), and Cambridge University's CRASSH (Centre for research in the arts, social sciences and humanities) and Mellon Fund, amounting overall to £ 21,000.
This is to hold a conference
on the book at Cambridge University (22-23 Sept. 2014) and a practitioners seminar at the FCO, London (24 Sept. 2014). A document collection of ca. 100 digitised government sources from Germany, Britain, France, America, Russia and China will be made publicly available after the conference by the National Security Archive
in Washington D.C.
Spohr Invited to Speak at the 2014 Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Conference
Dr Kristina Spohr, Deputy Head of the International History Department, was an invited guest speaker at the Petersberg in Königswinter on 5 February. She gave a lecture entitled ‘"Die deutsch-amerikanische Sicherheitspolitik in der Phase der Wiedervereinigung 1989/90"
,or "A story of German International Emancipation through Political Unification" as part of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s conference "Die Ära Kohl im Gespräch". Fellow lecturers included former chancellor Helmut Kohl’s national security advisor Horst Teltschik and former U.S. president George H.W. Bush’s national security advisor General Brent Scowcroft. More