Stevenson, David

Professor David Stevenson  


Position held

Professor of International History


Experience keywords:

First World War; international relations

Research summary > [Click to expand]

The history of international relations in Europe since c.1900, with special reference to the First World War.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Britain; Europe; France; Germany


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Fluent]; German [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Fluent]; Italian [Spoken: Basic, Written: Intermediate]; Russian [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7115



Stevenson, David (2014) Learning from the past: the relevance of international history International Affairs, 90 (1). 5-22. ISSN 1468-2346


Stevenson, David (2012) Fortifications and the European military balance before 1914 Journal of Strategic Studies, 35 (6). 829-859. ISSN 0140-2390

Stevenson, David (2012) The First World War and European integration The International History Review, 34 (4). 841-863. ISSN 0707-5332


Stevenson, David (2011) From Balkan conflict to global conflict: the spread of the First World War, 1914-18 Foreign Policy Analysis, 7 (2). 169-182. ISSN 1743-8586

Stevenson, David (2011) With our backs to the wall: victory and defeat in 1918 Allen Lane, London, UK. ISBN 9780713998405


Stevenson, David (2009) Book review: Marion Girard - a strange and formidable weapon: British responses to World War I poison gas American Historical Review, 114 (5). 1534-1535. ISSN 0002-8762


Stevenson, David (2007) Battlefield or barrier?: rearmament and military planning in Belgium, 1902-1914 International History Review, 29 (3). 473-507. ISSN 0707-5332

Afflerbach, Holger and Stevenson, David, eds (2007) An improbable war?: the outbreak of World War I and European culture before 1914 Berghahn Books, New York, USA; Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781845452759

Stevenson, David (2007) Was a peaceful outcome thinkable?: the European land arms race before 1914 In: Afflerbach, Holger and Stevenson, David, (eds.) An Improbable War?: the Outbreak of World War I and European Political Culture Before 1914. Berghahn Books, New York, USA; Oxford, UK, 130-148. ISBN 9781845452759


Stevenson, David (2006) Der erste weltkrieg: 1914 - 1918 Artemis & Winkler, Dusseldorf, Germany. ISBN 9783538072145

Stevenson, David (2006) Britain, France and the origins of German disarmament, 1916-19 Journal of Strategic Studies, 29 (2). 195-224. ISSN 0140-2390

Stevenson, David (2006) Strategic and military planning, 1871-1914 In: Imlay, Talbot C. and Toft, Monica Duffy, (eds.) The Fog of Peace and War Planning: Military and Strategic Planning Under Uncertainty. Strategy and history. Routledge, Abingdon, UK; New York, USA, 75-99. ISBN 9780415366960


Stevenson, David (2005) Grands noms et construction d'une histographie: l'affaire Fritz Fischer In: Becker, Jean-Jacques, (ed.) Histoire Culturelle De la Grande Guerre. Armand Colin, Paris, France, 71-85. ISBN 9782200269951

Stevenson, David (2005) 1918 revisited Journal of Strategic Studies, 28 (1). 107-139. ISSN 0140-2390


Stevenson, David (2004) Cataclysm : the First World War as political tragedy Basic Books, New York. ISBN 0465081843

Stevenson, David (2004) La grande guerra: una storia globale la prima guerra mondiale Storia universale, 21. Rizzoli, Milan. Italy. ISBN 8817004375

Stevenson, David (2004) 1914-1918: the history of the First World War Allen Lane, London, UK. ISBN 9780713992083


Stevenson, David (2002) International relations In: Jackson, Julian, (ed.) Europe, 1900-1945. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 16-47. ISBN 9780199244287


Stevenson, David (2001) The politics of the two alliances In: Winter, Jay and Parker, Geoffrey and Habeck, Mary R., (eds.) The Great War and the Twentieth Century. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA; London, UK, 69-96. ISBN 9780300081541


Stevenson, David (2000) France and the German question in the era of the First World War In: Schuker, Stephen A., (ed.) Deutschland und Frankreich: Vom Konflikt Zur AussöHnung. Munich, Germany, Oldenbourg, 1-18. ISBN 9783486564969

Stevenson, David (2000) French strategy on the Western front, 1914-1918 In: Chickering, Roger and Förster, Stig, (eds.) Great War, Total War: Combat and Mobilization on the Western Front, 1914-1918. Publications of the German historical institute. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 297-326. ISBN 9780521773522


Stevenson, David (1999) War by timetable?: the railway race before 1914 Past and Present, 162 (1). 163-194. ISSN 0031-2746


Stevenson, David (1998) War aims and peace negotiations In: Strachan, Hew, (ed.) The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War. Oxford illustrated histories. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 204-215. ISBN 9780198206149

Stevenson, David (1998) French war aims and peace planning In: Boemeke, Manfred F. and Feldman, Gerald D. and Glaser, Elisabeth, (eds.) The Treaty of Versailles: a Reassessment After 75 Years. Publications of the German Historical Institute (20). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 87-109. ISBN 9780521621328

Stevenson, David (1998) France and the Paris Peace Conference: addressing the dilemmas of security In: Boyce, Robert, (ed.) The Decline and Fall of a Great Power: French Foreign and Defence Policy, 1918-1940: the Decline and Fall of a Great Power. Routledge Studies in Modern European History. Routledge, New York, USA, 10-29. ISBN 9780415150392


Stevenson, David (1997) The outbreak of the First World War: 1914 in perspective Palgrave macmillan. ISBN 9780333583272

Stevenson, David (1997) Militarization and diplomacy in Europe before 1914 International Security, 22 (1). 125-161. ISSN 0162-2889


Stevenson, David (1996) Armaments and the coming of war : Europe, 1904-1914 Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 0198202083


Beck, Peter and Stevenson, David (1994) Careers guide for history graduates Historical Association, London, UK. ISBN 9780852783870


Stevenson, David (1993) The end of history?: the British university experience, 1981-1992 Contemporary Record, 7 (1). 66-85. ISSN 0950-9224


Stevenson, David (1991) Policy in the era of nationalism - introduction In: Tombs, Robert, (ed.) Nationhood and Nationalism in France: From Boulangism to the Great War, 1889-1918. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 231-237. ISBN 9780044457428

Stevenson, David (1991) The failure of peace by negotiation in 1917 The Historical Journal, 34 (1). 65-86. ISSN 0018-246X


Stevenson, David (1988) The First World War and international politics Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198730491


Stevenson, David (1986) Reading history: the Treaty of Versailles History Today, 36 (10). 50-52. ISSN 0018-2753


Stevenson, David (1982) French war aims against Germany, 1914-1919 Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198225744

Stevenson, David (1982) Belgium, Luxemburg, and the defence of Western Europe, 1914-1920 The International History Review, 4 (4). 504-522. ISSN 0707-5332


Stevenson, David (1979) French war aims and the American challenge, 1914-1918 The Historical Journal, 22 (4). 877-894. ISSN 0018-246X

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