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Dr Alessandro Iandolo, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Research and Publications

Dr Iandolo’s main research interest is the history of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, with a specific focus on Soviet economic and technical cooperation with the Third World. His doctoral thesis is a study of the USSR’s relations with Ghana, Guinea, and Mali during the Khrushchev era, based on Soviet, Ghanaian, Malian, British and French sources.
Thanks to support from the British Academy, he is working on a new research project that links Soviet involvement in the Third World with the experience of modernisation within the USSR. The core aim of his research is to show the key contribution made by the Soviet Union to the emergence of a model of development centred on state investment and public ownership, a model that has proved successful in a large number of developing countries in recent decades.

Before joining the LSE in September 2013, Dr Iandolo taught modern history and international relations at Oxford, UWE, Cardiff, and at the New Economic School in Moscow. Dr Iandolo obtained his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2011. He previously gained an MPhil in Modern History from the University of Cambridge (2007), a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Warwick (2006), and a BA in International Relations & Development Studies from Roma Tre University (2004) in Italy.

His recent publications include:
‘Unforgettable 1956? The PCI and the International Crisis of Communism’ in Contemporary European History (forthcoming, 2014)

‘Imbalance of Power: the Soviet Union and the Congo Crisis, 1960-61’ in Journal of Cold War Studies 16:1, Winter 2014 (forthcoming)

‘The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Model of Development in West Africa, 1957-64’ in Cold War History 12:4, November 2012

Research interests: Soviet Union; Cold War; history of economic development; Third World

Teaching and Supervision

In 2013-14, Dr Iandolo is teaching:

At masters level:

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

Contact Details

Office: Room EAS.E306
Telephone: TBC
Email: A.Iandolo@lse.ac.uk |

Office Hours

Wednesday: 10:30-11:30; 14:30-15:30



Dr Alessandro Iandolo