A number of academics at LSE specialise in the First World War and other conflicts. Their profiles, including contact information, and their most recent work are detailed on this page.
Professor David Stevenson of the Department of International History
Professor Stevenson's main fields of interests lie in international relations in Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; origins, course, and impact of the First World War.
Dr Heather Jones of the Department of International History
Dr Heather Jones is a specialist in First World War Studies with a particular interest in the evolution of wartime violence and the cultural impact of the conflict in Britain, France, Germany and Italy. Her other main research areas are: the history of prisoner of war treatment in twentieth-century Europe; Weimar Germany; Irish politics, conflict and culture, 1913-1923.
Heather is also involved with the Imperial War Museum's project Lives of the First World War
A Very Modern Actions: The Spring Reprisals of 1917
A Research Highlights article looks at work done by Dr Heather Jones exploring how the Germans used violence against prisoners of war to their tactical advantage in the First World War. According to Dr Heather Jones from the Department of International History these collective reprisals can be seen as part of the process of the totalisation of warfare that occurred in the First World War. They were a new form of violence and expanded wartime violence beyond established combat patterns.
Violent Reprisals on the Western Front
The prisoner reprisals of 1917 were a retaliatory action taken by German forces against captured French and British troops, in reaction to poor British and French treatment of German prisoner workers. This was a ruthless, calculated policy, intended to manipulate public opinion, as Heather Jones from the Department of International History explains in a short film.
Heather took part in the Institute of Public Affairs series of short films where academics are grilled by Professor Conor Gearty on their specialisms. Heather discusses why the British public supported the First World War and thousands of men volunteered to fight despite reports of massive casualties.
LSE academics and the First World War in the media
BBC Radio 4
The Great War of Words
Dr Heather Jones of LSE's International History was one of the contributors to a new documentary on the First World, entitled ‘The Great War of Words’.
BBC World Service
The Documentary: World War One
In a BBC World Service documentary, Heather tackles the familiar image of a war centred on a static front line in northern Europe, and looks at how World War One affected populations beyond the front line. Though place names such as the Somme, Verdun, Ypres and the Vimy Ridge serve to emphasise the Eurocentric view of the war, the conflict impinged on populations all over the globe. Heather reveals how with rare material from the archives.
World War One: 10 interpretations of who started WW1
Professor David Stevenson and Dr Heather Jones contribute to a BBC Magazine piece
As nations gear up to mark 100 years since the start of World War One, academic argument still rages over which country was to blame for the conflict.
BBC History Magazine
History Weekend 2014 preview...5 minutes with Heather Jones
Dr Heather Jones is interviewed about her passion for history and the topic of a lecture she is to give at BBC History Magazine's History Weekend.
Wall Street Journal
World War One Centenary: decline of the UK
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Professor Stevenson looks at how the First World War accelerated a chain of events which ultimately led to the decline of the British Empire.
France 24 interview
100 years ago: The gunshots that precipitated World War I
Dr Heather Jones is interviewed on the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz-Ferdinand.