LSE, Internationalism, and Peace, 1914-1945

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PAN.G.01, Pankhurst House, United Kingdom


Professor David Stevenson

Stevenson Professor of International History at LSE


Sue Donnelly

LSE Archivist

This lecture will examine the LSE’s experience during and after the First World War, considering in particular the emergence of the modern internationalist movement and the League of Nations. It will also examine the School’s role in confronting the challenges to the League during the 1930s, and in the developments leading to the League’s replacement by the UN.

This lecture is connected to the LSE Library exhibition Give Peace A Chance: From the League of Nations to Greenham Common, which has been guest curated by Professor Stevenson. The exhibition looks at the activities of international organisations (UN, League of Nations, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) alongside the work of later peace activists such as Pat Arrowsmith and CND.

Professor David Stevenson's main fields of interests lie in international relations in Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; origins, course, and impact of the First World War.

His publications include With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 (Penguin/Harvard University Press, 2011); 1914-1918: the History of the First World War (Penguin Press, 2004) also published by Basic Books (New York) as Cataclysm: the First World War as Political Tragedy; and by Rizzoli (Milan) as La Grande Guerra: una Storia Globale. German edition with Patmos (Düsseldorf, 2006); Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe, 1904-1914 (Oxford University Press, 1996) Paperback edition, 1999; The First World War and International Politics (Oxford University Press, 1988) Paperback edition, 1991; French War Aims against Germany, 1914-1919 (Oxford University Press, 1982) (Edited with introduction), Vols 1-8, 17-21, and 3-35 of Europe, 1948-1914, Series F in Part I of British Documents on Foreign Affairs: Reports and Papers from the Foreign Office Confidential Print (University Publications of America: Frederick, Maryland, 1987, 1990, 1991).

Professor David Stevenson newest book 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution is an international history of the year 1917. The book was released by Oxford University Press on 12 October 2017. It was chosen as one of Simon Heffer’s outstanding books of the year in 2017 in The Telegraph.

Sue Donnelly joined LSE in 1989 and as LSE Archivist is responsible for the development of LSE’s institutional archive and raising awareness of the School’s unique and fascinating history. Her work has included creating content for the LSE History blog and developing a campus history tour to introduce staff and students to the history of LSE.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

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