Kent, John

Dr John Kent  


Position held

Reader in International Relations


Experience keywords:

Britain; British Defence Policy; British foreign policy; France; Middle East; US foreign policy; cold war; decolonisation; diplomatic aspects; international aspects

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Britain; France; Middle East

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

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+44 (0)20 7955 7167

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Kent, John (2017) The neo-colonialism of decolonisation: Katangan secession and the bringing of the Cold War to the Congo Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 45 (1). 93-130. ISSN 0308-6534


Kent, John (2013) The US and decolonisation in Central Africa: 1957-1964 In: Butler, Larry and Stockwell, Sarah, (eds.) The Wind of Change: Harold Macmillan and British Decolonization. Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 195-214. ISBN 9780230361034


Kent, John (2010) America, the UN and decolonisation cold war conflict in the Congo LSE international studies series. Routledge. ISBN 9780415464147


Kent, John (2008) British elites and attitudes to the "other" in cold war Europe In: Benzoni, Maria Matilde and Frank, Robert and Pizzetti, Silvia Maria, (eds.) IMAges des Peuples et Relations Internationales De Xvi Siècle a Nos Jours. Publications de la Sorbonne, Série internationale (74). UNICOPLI-Publications de la Sorbonne, Milan, Italy - Paris, France. ISBN 9788840012025

Kent, John (2008) The foreign office and defence of the empire In: Kennedy, Greg, (ed.) Imperial Defence: the Old World Order 1856-1956. Cass military studies. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 50-70. ISBN 9780415355957


Kent, John (2005) British policy and the origins of the cold war In: Leffler, Melvyn P and Painter, David S, (eds.) The Origins of the Cold War. Rewriting histories (2nd). Routledge, London, 155-167. ISBN 0415341094

Kent, John (2005) United States reactions to empire, colonialism, and cold war in black Africa, 1949-1957 Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 33 (2). 195-220. ISSN 0308-6534


Kent, John (2002) Defending the Middle East: Britain, Egypt and Palestine 1945-48 In: Sella, Emmanuel and Aronson, Shlomo, (eds.) New Records, New Perspectives: Lectures on the Holocaust, the Birth of Israel, and the Contemporary Middle East: Published in Ho. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Press, Israel. ISBN 9789655100051


Kent, John (2001) British postwar planning for Europe 1942-45 In: Varsori, Antonio and Calandri, Elena, (eds.) The Failure of Peace in Europe, 1943-1948. Cold War history series. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke; New York, 40-48. ISBN 9780333723388


Kent, John (1999) Informal empire and the defence of the Middle East 1945-1956 In: Bridges, Roy, (ed.) Imperialism and Decolonization in Africa. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780333741139

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