Dr Robert Boyce Emeritus Teacher

Research and Interests

Dr Boyce's fields of interest are French external relations in the twentieth century, Canadian external relations since 1900, the influence of international communications in modern history, but mainly the dynamics of globalisation in the twentieth century, including the influence of economic and political ideas, business and banking on the course of international relations.

Recent publications include: ‘When “Uncle Sam” became “Uncle Shylock”: sources and strength of French anti-Americanism, 1919-1932’, Histoire@Politique, 18 (Jan-Apr 2013); The Great Interwar Crisis and the Collapse of Globalization (London, 2010, revised paperback ed. 2012); ‘Aristide Briand: défendre la République par des accommodements économiques’, Histoire@Politique, 16 (January – April 2012); 'The Persistence of Anglo-Saxonism in Britain and the origins of Britain’s appeasement policy towards Germany', Histoire@Politique, 15 (September - December 2011); ‘The significance of 1931 for British imperial and international history’ Histoire@Politique, no.11 (May-August 2010); ‘The Origins of Cable and Wireless Limited, 1918-1939: capitalism, imperialism and technical change’, in B. Finn and Daqing Yang (eds.) Communications Under the Seas: A Twice-Rejuvenated 19th-Century Technology and its Social Implications (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2008); ‘Money and International Politics’, in Gordon Martel (ed.), The Companion to International History, 1900 – 2001 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007); ‘Le rôle d’Aristide Briand en Europe: quelques autres oublies de l’histoire de l’entre-deux-guerres’, in J. Bariéty (ed.), Aristide Briand, la Société des Nations et l’Europe, 1919-1932 (Bruxelles et Berne: Peter Lang, 2007); 'Behind the façade of the Entente cordiale after the Great War' in A. Capet (ed.), Britain, France and the Entente Cordiale since 1904 (London, 2006); ‘Grande-Bretagne/États-Unis: une “relation spéciale” à sens unique?’, in Jacques Leruez (ed.), Londres et le Monde: stratèges et stratégies britanniques (Paris, 2005); 'La position du Foreign Office face à l'Europe, de 1919 à 1931: entre professionalisme et préjugés' in L. Badel, S. Jeannesson et P. Ludlow (eds.), Les administrations nationales face aux défis européens au XXème siècle (Berne, 2005); ‘The Government, the City of London and the subversive impact of the gold standard, 1925-1931’, in Ranald Michie and Phillip Williamson (eds.), The Power to Influence: The British Government and the City of London 'Government-City of London relations under the gold standard, 1925-1931', in R. Michie and P. Williamson (eds.), The Power to Influence: The British Government and the City of London (Cambridge, 2004); with J. Maiolo (eds.), The Origins of World War Two: The Debate Continues (London, 2003); 'In Search of the Special Relationship in the Economic and Financial Spheres', in A. Capet and A. Sy-Wonyu (eds.), The 'Special Relationship': La 'relation spéciale' entre le Royaume-Uni et les Etats-Unis (Rouen, 2003); 'The trial of Maurice Papon for crimes against humanity and the concept of bureaucratic crime', in R. A. Melikan (ed.), The Trial in History: Domestic and international trials, 1700-2000, (Manchester 2003); 'La Banque de France et la Banque d'Angleterre dans l'entre-deux-guerres: origines et conséquences d'un conflit', in O. Feiertag et M. Margairaz (eds.), Politiques et pratiques des banques d'émission en Europe (XVIIe - XXe siècle): Le bicentenaire de la Banque de France dans la perspective de l'identité monétaire européenne (Paris, 2003).

Dr Boyce studied at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, and University College London, before obtaining his PhD from the London School of Economics. He joined the Department of International History as a Lecturer in 1977. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, the Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne, and the Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris. He is a member of the Comité scientifique de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme de Dijon, and the editorial board of Histoire@Politique, the first fully refereed electronic journal of modern history, published by the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po, and is adjunct professor at the Collège Universitaire de Sciences Po, Campus de Dijon. In October 2005 he gave the keynote address to the international conference on 'Aristide Briand, la Société des Nations et l'Europe, 1919-1932', sponsored by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held at the Sorbonne.

Forthcoming or in progress: ‘Tentatives de modernisation libérale et conservatrice en Grande Bretagne 1925 – 1935’, in M. Margairaz (ed.), De la croissance à la crise: le moment Tannery (Paris, 2014); Britain’s Problem with Europe (monograph, London, 2015); ‘National priorities and national traditions: the Bank of England in the First World War and its aftermath’, in O. Feiertag and M. Margairaz (eds.), Central Banks in the Great War (Paris, 2015). 

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Dr Boyce's teaching at the LSE reflects the research interests outlined above. He teaches the following course:

At Masters level:

HY400: International History in the 20th Century|

Contact Details

Room: E401

Email: R.Boyce@lse.ac.uk|


Dr Robert Boyce

Dr Robert Boyce
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