Jones, Matthew


Professor Matthew Jones  

Department

Position held

Department of International History

Professor of International History

Experience keywords:

Vietnam War; nuclear history in the Cold War; British foreign and defence policy; British decolonization and the end of empire; Britain and South East Asia; Britain and nuclear weapons; US foreign policy

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I have been interested in a variety of topics in the broad area of post-war British and US foreign policy (including Anglo-American relations), but have particular interests in British and US nuclear history, as well as the Western presence in South East Asia.

My most recent book, After Hiroshima: The United States, Race, and Nuclear Weapons in Asia, 1945-1965, looked at the development of US nuclear strategy in Asia, placing a special emphasis on the influence of the widespread perception that the atomic bomb was a ‘white man’s weapon’ and the diplomatic and military dilemmas this helped create.

In 2008, I was appointed by the Prime Minister to become the Cabinet Office official historian of the UK strategic nuclear deterrent and the Chevaline programme, a commission which will lead to the publication of a two volume official history exploring British nuclear policy between 1962 and 1982.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

United States; South East Asia; Britain

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream pressRadioTV

Contact Points

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+44 (0)207 852 3791

Publications

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2013

Jones, Matthew (2013) A man in a hurry: Henry Kissinger, transatlantic relations, and the British origins of the year of Europe dispute Diplomacy and Statecraft, 24 (1). 77-99. ISSN 0959-2296

Jones, Matthew and McGarr, Paul (2013) 'Real substance, not just symbolism’? The CIA and the representation of covert operations in the foreign relations of the United States series In: Moran, Christopher R. and Murphy, Christopher J., (eds.) Intelligence studies in Britain and the US: historiography since 1945. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK, 65-89. ISBN 9780748646272

2011

Jones, Matthew (2011) Intelligence and counterinsurgency: the Malayan experience In: Dover, Robert and Goodman, Michael S., (eds.) Learning from the secret past: cases in British intelligence history . Georgetown University Press , Washington, USA, 135-154. ISBN 9781589017702

Jones, Matthew (2011) Great Britain, the United States, and consultation over use of the atomic bomb, 1950-194 The Historical Journal, 54 (03). 797-828. ISSN 0018-246X

2010

Jones, Matthew (2010) The diplomacy of restraint: Britain and the Laos crisis, 1961-1962 In: Laplante, Karine and Goscha, Christopher E., (eds.) L'échec de la paix en Indochine / the failure of peace in Indochina 1954-1962 . Les Indes Savantes, Paris, France, 159-177. ISBN 9782846542265

Jones, Matthew (2010) After Hiroshima: the United States, race and nuclear weapons in Asia, 1945–1965 Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521881005

2008

Jones, Matthew (2008) Between the bear and the dragon: Nixon, Kissinger and U.S. foreign policy in the era of détente The English Historical Review, CXXIII (504). 1272-1283. ISSN 0013-8266

Jones, Matthew (2008) Targeting China: U.S. nuclear planning and "massive retaliation" in East Asia, 1953–1955 Journal of Cold War Studies, 10 (4). 37-65. ISSN 1531-3298

2007

Jones, Matthew (2007) Lost opportunities or false expectations? The Kennedy administration and Indonesia, 1961-63 In: Berg, Manfred and Etges, Andreas, (eds.) John F. Kennedy and the ‘Thousand Days’: new perspectives on the foreign and domestic policies of the Kennedy administration. American studies – a monograph series (144). Universitätsverlag Winter , Heidelberg, Germany, 99-120. ISBN 9783825353032

2006

Jones, Matthew (2006) "Kipling and all that": American perceptions of SOE and British imperial intrigue in the Balkans, 1943-1945 In: Wylie, Neville, (ed.) The politics and strategy of clandestine war: special operations executive, 1940-1946 . Studies in intelligence. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 90-108. ISBN 9780415391108

2005

Jones, Matthew (2005) A "segregated" Asia?: race, the Bandung conference, and pan-Asianist fears in American thought and policy, 1954-1955 Diplomatic History, 29 (5). 841-868. ISSN 0145-2096

Jones, Matthew (2004) The Radford bombshell: Anglo-Australian-US relations, nuclear weapons and the defence of South East Asia, 1954-57 Journal of Strategic Studies, 27 (4). 636-662. ISSN 0140-2390

Jones, Matthew (2004) The 'preferred plan': the Anglo-American Working Group report on covert action in Syria, 1957 Intelligence and National Security, 19 (3). 401-415. ISSN 0268-4527

2003

Jones, Matthew (2003) Up the garden path? Britain's nuclear history in the Far East, 1954–1962 The International History Review, 25 (2). 306-333. ISSN 0707-5332

Jones, Matthew (2003) Anglo-American relations after Suez, the rise and decline of the working group experiment, and the French challenge to NATO, 1957-59 Diplomacy & Statecraft, 14 (1). 49-79. ISSN 0959-2296

2002

Jones, Matthew (2002) Book review: beyond Vietnam: the United States, Laos and Cambodia in the Johnson years Diplomacy & Statecraft, 13 (1). 191-205. ISSN 0959-2296

Jones, Matthew (2002) U.S. relations with Indonesia, the Kennedy-Johnson transition, and the Vietnam connection, 1963-1965 Diplomatic History, 26 (2). 249-281. ISSN 0145-2096

Jones, Matthew (2002) Conflict and confrontation in South East Asia, 1961-1965: Britain, the United States, Indonesia and the creation of Malaysia Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521801119

Jones, Matthew (2002) A decision delayed: Britain's withdrawal from South East Asia reconsidered, 1961-68 The English Historical Review, 117 (472). 569-595. ISSN 0013-8266

2001

Jones, Matthew (2001) ‘Groping toward coexistence:' US China policy during the Johnson years Diplomacy & Statecraft, 12 (3). 175-190. ISSN 0959-2296

2000

Jones, Matthew (2000) Creating Malaysia: Singapore security, the Borneo territories, and the contours of British policy, 1961–63 The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 28 (2). 85-109. ISSN 0308-6534

1999

Jones, Matthew (1999) 'Maximum disavowable aid:' Britain, the United States and the Indonesian rebellion, 1957-58 The English Historical Review, 114 (459). 1179-1216. ISSN 0013-8266

1997

Jones, Matthew (1997) Macmillan, Eden, the war in the Mediterranean and Anglo-American relations Twentieth Century British History, 8 (1). 27-48. ISSN 0955-2359

1996

Jones, Matthew (1996) Britain, the United States, and the Mediterranean war, 1942-44 St. Antony's-Macmillan series. Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9780312126469


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