Our Histories

Podcast series

Our Histories is an interview series conducted by Dr Artemis Photiadou, PhD alumna and Guest Teacher in the Department. She discusses pivotal moments in modern history with experts from the LSE International History Department. Each episode is devoted to the research conducted by one of our faculty members.

Episode 1 - Professor David Stevenson

1917: War, Peace and Revolution

David Stevenson discusses the key events of the year 1917, a turning point in the history of WWI and the evolution of the modern world. He explains how the war was transformed during that year, but also what kept it going and why it continued to escalate. | Read the transcript in the Department's blog.


Episode 2 - Dr Imaobong Umoren

Race Women Internationalists

Imaobong Umoren discusses the lives of three black activist women: Eslanda Robeson, Paulette Nardal, and Una Marson. She explains how, between the 1920s and the 1960s, the trio participated in global freedom struggles by traveling; building networks in feminist, student, black-led, anticolonial, and antifascist organizations; and forging alliances with key leaders. This made them race women internationalists—figures who engaged with a variety of interconnected internationalisms to challenge various forms of inequality facing people of African descent across the diaspora and the continent.


Episode 3 - Dr Megan Black

The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power

Megan Black explains how the Department of the Interior - a government organ best known for managing domestic natural resources and operating national parks - has constantly supported and projected American power.


Episode 4 - Professor Matthew Jones

The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent

Matthew Jones draws on his official history of the UK strategic nuclear deterrent to discuss the strategic, political and diplomatic considerations that compelled UK governments, in the face of ever-increasing pressures on the defence budget, to persist in their efforts to develop nuclear weapons and to deploy a credible nuclear force.


Episode 5 - Dr Dina Gusejnova

European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917-1957

Who thought of Europe as a community before its economic integration in 1957? Dina Gusejnova explains how a supranational European mentality was forged from depleted imperial identities. In the revolutions of 1917 to 1920, the power of the Hohenzollern, Habsburg and Romanoff dynasties over their subjects expired. She discusses a group of German-speaking intellectuals of aristocratic origin who became pioneers of Europe's future regeneration.


Episode 6 - Dr Paul Stock

Europe and the British Geographical Imagination, 1760-1830

Paul Stock explores what geographical reference works, textbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopaedias tell us about literate Britons' understandings of Europe in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.


Episode 7 - Dr Tanya Harmer

Beatriz Allende: A Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America

Tanya Harmer discusses her recent biography of Beatriz Allende (1942–1977), revolutionary doctor and daughter of Chile’s socialist president, Salvador Allende. She explains how, inspired by the Cuban Revolution, Beatriz and her generation influenced developments in Chile, and how the terrible consequences of the coup drained Beatriz of the dreams she once had.



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Our Histories is produced with the generous help from an LSE’S KEI fund.