Dr William King

Dr William King

PhD Alumni and Guest Teacher

Department of International History

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Office Hours
Wednesday, 11am to 12pm
Key Expertise
Cold War history, British defence policy, chemical and biological warfare

About me

Dr William King’s current research focuses on British defence policy and chemical warfare in the Cold War. William holds a BA in Politics and International Relations from Lancaster University, an MA in Intelligence and International Security from KCL, an MPhil in Historical Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in International History from LSE.

Thesis provisional title:

"The British Nerve Agent Debate: Acquisition, Deterrence and Disarmament, 1945-1976"

Expertise Details

Cold War history; Anglo-American relations; British defence policy; chemical warfare; biological warfare; radiological warfare


Dr King teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY116 - International History since 1890


Conference papers

  • ‘Anglo-American Intelligence Cooperation and the Japanese Biological Warfare Program, 1944-1947’, LSE International History Research Seminar, 27 September 2017.
  • ‘The 1952 Global Strategy Paper and British Chemical Warfare Policy’, The British International History Group, Keele University, 7-9 September 2017.
  • ‘Assessing British Biological Warfare Gains from the Axis Powers: The Biological Warfare Intelligence Committee, 1944-1946’, Science/Technology/Security: Challenges to global governance?, UCL, 20-21 June 2016.
  • ‘British CBW intelligence on Germany in the Second World War’, CIISS 7th Biennial Conference on Intelligence, Public Confidence and Security, 4-6 June 2015, Gregynog Hall.

Awards and scholarships

  • LSE Research Studentship 2015-2019
  • LSE Class Teacher Award 2016-17, 2017-18