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Rankings

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History at LSE Highly Rated in Major World Rankings

The Department of International History has once again performed impressively in the QS World University Rankings. For the second year in a row, the QS World University History Subject Table for 2016 has ranked History at LSE 6th overall in the world and one of three UK universities in the top 10. In 2014, the department had been ranked 7th in the world and 3rd in the UK. Other UK institutions featuring in the top 30 in 2016 are Cambridge and Oxford (1), UCL (15), KCL (17) and Warwick (22).

At the national level, History at LSE jumped from 5th place to 2nd place in the Guardian's University Guide 2017, behind Cambridge, but ahead of St Andrews, Durham and Oxford.

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REF 2014 Results

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) were announced on 18 December 2014. Taking into account the proportion of its eligible staff submitted for assessment, LSE History (Economic History and International History) was ranked sixth out of 83 submissions to the REF History panel for the percentage of its research outputs rated 'world leading '(4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*) and ninth for its submission as a whole. On the basis of the combination of quality of publications and number of staff submitted, a measure of research power, LSE History ranks 4th in the UK. More information on LSE's impressive performance can be found here.

 

Achievements

Dr Joanna Lewis
2016 LSE Teaching Awards

On 11 May 2016, several departmental members were distinguished at the LSE Teaching Awards Celebration. Dr Paul Stock won a LSE Teaching Promotion Award for his major review. Our Graduate Teaching Assistants Dr Andrea Mason and Mr Alexandre Dab won the LSE Class Teacher Award, the Department’s Martin Abel Gonzalez Prize. It's the fourth year in a row that Dr Mason has won this award. And Dr Joanna Lewis (picture) was shortlisted for the Student Union LSE Teaching Excellence Award in the category of Innovative Teaching, for which she was ‘highly commended’. She already holds an LSE Teaching Prize from a previous year, and last year she was also nominated for an award. The Teaching Excellence Awards are the only awards at LSE that are student-led - students make the nominations and students choose the winners. More information.
 
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Professor Paul Preston, Four-Time Honorary Doctorate Receiving Hispanist, Awarded the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2015

Professor Paul Preston, Príncipe de Asturias Professor of Contemporary Spanish History Emeritus, was awarded the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2015 in the international impact category on 3 February 2016. The award was presented to Professor Preston on 15 February 2016 at the Barcelona City Council for "his important international profile as a historian of Spain, especially the Second Republic, the Civil War and its aftermath, and the Transition to democracy, periods of great significance for the city of Barcelona - and for the donation of his archive to the monastery of Poblet.” Read more about this prestigious award ceremony here (in Spanish). The award ceremony, as reported by the Spanish newspaper El Pais. In 2015, in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements, Professor Paul Preston received four Honorary Doctorates. One from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, 15 May 2015), another from the University of Liverpool (21 July 2015), a third from the Universidad de Extremadura in Cáceres (28 September 2015) and a fourth from the Universitat de Valencia (26 October 2015). Professor Preston is due to receive a fifth Honorary Doctorate in the coming months from the Universitat de Barcelona.
 
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Professor Prazmowska Awarded Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship

Professor Anita Prazmowska was awarded a two-year Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, 2016-18. The topic of her research will be ‘The Cold War Jigsaw: Poland's role in the Angolan Civil War, 1976-1986’.
 
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Professor Steven Casey Wins the 2015 Richard E. Neustadt Prize

Professor Steven Casey has won the 2015 Richard E. Neustadt Prize for his book, When Soldiers Fall: How Americans have Confronted Combat Casualties, from World War I to Afghanistan (Oxford University Press). This is the second time he has won the prize, which is awarded annually by the American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association for the best book in American Politics. In 2009, Professor Casey's book, Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion, 1950-1953 (Oxford University Press, 2008; paperback 2010), also won the Neustadt Prize.
 

Events

Upcoming events sponsored by us and/or featuring our academics. Read more about these and other events in our Events section.
9-10 June 2016, Thursday and Friday, Instituto Mora, Mexico
International Conference: Intellectual Cultures of Revolution in Latin America: A Transnational Perspective
Convenors: Dr Tanya Harmer (LSE) and Alberto Martín Alvarez (Instituto Mora)

Publications

Works Published by our faculty in the last three months

For a full list of our faculty publications since 2012, visit Staff Publications.
Professor Marc David Baer's new book was released in May 2016. The book, published in Turkish, is a collection of his articles and it’s called At Meydanı’nda Ölüm: 17. Yüzyıl İstanbul'unda Toplumsal Cinsiyet, Hoşgörü ve İhtida (Death on theHippodrome: Gender, Tolerance, and Conversion in 17th century Istanbul). Read more about it here.
Dr Padraic X. Scanlan’s article, “Blood, Money and Endless Paper: Slavery and Capital in British Imperial History” was published in the History Compass (14:5, May 2016). In his article, Dr Scanlan examines why the passing of anti-slavery laws, rather than the implementation of anti-slavery reforms, has been so pivotal in the historiography of slavery in Britain and the British Empire. Read Dr Scanlan’s article here. LSE students and staff can read it for free here.
Dr N. Piers Ludlow newest book was published by Palgrave MacMillan in April 2016. The book, called Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976 –1980: At the Heart of Europe, centres on Jenkins's key role in re-launching European monetary integration, winning the right to attend the new global summits, and smoothing Greece’s path to EC membership. The book also covers Jenkins's shortfalls regardng Commission reform and an improvement of UK’s troubled relationship with the EC. In short, this study looks at how Jenkins approached his role, identifying his priorities, examining his working methods, and exploring his rapport with the European and international statesmen with whom he had to work. In the process, the book sheds light on the nature of the job, on Jenkins’ own talents and limitations, and on the European Community as it struggled with the global economic crisis of the 1970s. Purchase the book here. Read an interview with Dr Piers Ludlow about his book to the LSE Review of Books (11 May 2016).
Dr Gagan Sood’s new book, India and the Islamic Heartlands: An Eighteenth-Century World of Circulation and Exchange, was published by Cambridge University Press on 31 March 2016. Based on the chance survival of a remarkable cache of documents, India and the Islamic Heartlands recaptures a vanished and forgotten world from the eighteenth century spanning much of today's Middle East and South Asia. The book helps us better understand the region during a pivotal moment in its history, and offers new answers to old questions concerning early modern Eurasia and its transition to colonialism. Read more about about the book on CUP's website. Order it here
Dr Kristina Spohr’s much anticipated book, The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order, was published on 24 March 2016 by Oxford University Press. Her new book is the first major study in English of Schmidt's foreign policy and its intellectual roots. It shows Schmidt as a 'global chancellor', engaging with major world leaders such as Kissinger. It combines biography, economic history, and security studies. It contributes to current debate on the Cold War and globalization in the 1970s; and it presents a multi-national approach, based on numerous archives in five countries, including Schmidt's own private papers. Read all about The Global Chancellor in the OUP's website. Order it here
In March, Dr Tanya Harmer published a new chapter, called ‘Commonality, Specificity, and Difference: Histories and Historiographies of the Americas’ in the edited volume Cooperation and Hegemony in US-Latin American Relations: Revisiting the Western Hemisphere Idea by Juan Pablo Scarfi and Andrew R. Tillman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Read a preview of her chapter here.  Learn more about the book in Palgrave Macmillan’s website. Order the book here.

In February, she also published an article in the Hispanic American Historical Review. The article is called, “The View from Havana: Chilean Exiles in Cuba and Early Resistance to Chile's Dictatorship, 1973–1977”, and can be read here. LSE account holders can read the article for free here.
Dr Paul Stock, our specialist on 18th- and 19th-Century Intellectual History, has a new article out in The English Historical Review (131:548). The article, called ‘America and the American Revolution in British Geographical Thought, c.1760–1830’, investigates British ideas about ‘America’ in the years before and after the American Revolution. It addresses the characteristics and qualities thought to distinguish the continent from other parts of the globe; and it analyses how the Revolution affected ideas about ‘American’ space. General public may read the article here. LSE students and staff can read it for free here.
Professor Paul Preston's newest book came out in February 2016. Told for the first time in English, The Last Days of the Spanish Republic (Harper Collins, 2016) recounts the story of a preventable tragedy that cost many thousands of lives and ruined tens of thousands more at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Read more about The Last Days of the Spanish Republic in the publisher's website. Buy the book here. Read reviews in The Herald Scotland, in The Times and in The Spectator.

PhD Graduates

2015-16 Successful International History PhD Vivas

Supervised by Dr Kirsten Schulze: Ranj Alaaldin, The Rise of the Shi'a: 1958-1980

Supervised by Professor Steven Casey: Chris Parkes, The Welles of Loneliness: Sumner Welles and the Creation of American Foreign Policy

Supervised by Dr Antony Best: Takahiro Yamamoto, Balance of Favour: The Emergence of Territorial Boundaries around Japan, 1861-1875; Yu Suzuki, Relationship with Distance: Korea, East Asia and the Anglo-Japanese Relationship, 1880-1894.

Supervised by Professor Arne Westad: Simon Toner, The Counter-Revolutionary Path: South Vietnam, the United States and the Global Allure of Development, 1968-1973; Vladimir Dobrenko, Institutions of Peace for the Cold War: The History of the Soviet Committee for the Defence of Peace and its Affiliated Institutions, 1949-1991.

Supervised by Dr Joanna Lewis: Rosalind Coffey, British Media and Decolonisation in Africa between 1957 and 1960.

Supervised by Dr Kirsten Schulze and Dr Taylor Sherman: Sara Al-Qaiwani, Nationalism, Revolution and Feminism: Women in Egypt and Iran, 1880-1980. |
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Media Appearances

Our faculty and students in the news and blogs, lately:
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Dr Kristina Spohr on the Schmidt-Carter Non-Relationship in the OUP Blog

In an article published by the the Oxford University Press’s blog on 26 April, Dr Kristina Spohr explains how the Schmidt-Carter non-relationship “strained to the limit the bond between West Germany and America”. Her analysis, entitled “A Prickly Pair: Helmut Schmidt and Jimmy Carter”, shows why Schmidt and Carter’s relationship was soured from the beginning, marking an exception in the “chancellor’s modus operandi in international politics, which privileged the importance of reliable ‘political friendships.’” Read her article here.
 
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Dr Kristina Spohr on Genscher in the European Politics and Policy LSE Blog

On 18 April 2016, Dr Kristina Spohr contributed a post to the EUROPP LSE Blog, called “A reminder of the road not taken: Hans-Dietrich Genscher and the holy grail of a united Europe. In her post, she writes about the career of the late Hans-Dietrich Genscher, West Germany’s longest serving foreign minister and vice-chancellor, his role in unifying Germany, and his ultimate aspiration to integrate both NATO and the Warsaw Pact into an all-European security order that incorporated the Soviet Union. Read the full post here.
 
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Dr Joanna Lewis in the Times Higher Education

Dr Joanna Lewis, our specialist in African and Imperial History, was featured in an article published in the Times Higher Education on 14 April. She is one of several scholars around the world recommending ‘essential’ texts to introduce sixth-formers to the academy. Her choice is Owen Jones’s The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It (2014). Read why here.
 
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Dr Kristina Spohr on Cambridge TV  on the Late Hans-Dietrich Genscher

On Friday, 8 April 2016, Dr Kristina Spohr was on Cambridge TV News. She gave a 10-minute long interview on Hans-Dietrich Genscher, the former German Foreign Minister (1974-1992), who passed away on 31 March 2016. Watch the interview here.
 
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Professor Paul Preston in The Guardian

Professor Paul Preston wrote a riveting analysis of Hemingway’s 1937 play, “The Fifth Column”, for The Guardian on 18 March. Hemingway’s forgotten Spanish civil war play is to be produced for the second time ever from 24 March to 16 April, at the Southwark Playhouse, London. "The Fifth Column, now revived for the first time in 70 years, is fascinating for what it reveals about the author", claims Professor Preston. Read Professor Preston's full analysis here.
 
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First-Year Undergraduate Student Arjun Alimchandani in The Independent

Arjun Alimchandani, one of our first-year undergraduate students, published a Voice article in The Independent on 18 March, entitled “Amol Rajan is Wrong: The Gateway to India is Mumbai, not 'Bombay'". Read Arjun Alimchandani’s article on Hindu nationalism and reactions to it here.
 
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Dr Heather Jones on BBC Radio 4

Dr Heather Jones was on BBC Radio 4 talking about the Easter Rising 1916 on 18 and on 25 March. Dr Jones will explored how six days of armed struggle changed Irish and British History. Read more about it and catch up on the episodes here (UK only). On 14 March, Dr Heather Jones was an interviewed guest on the Start the Week, broadcast by the same radio station. The topic of conversation was “The Easter Rising: 100 Years On”. In her contribution, Dr Jones looked back a hundred years to the Easter Rising of 1916 and placed this historical moment in the context of the Great War. Listen to the the podcast here (UK only).
 
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Dr Kristina Spohr on Meeting Helmut Schmidt

Dr Kristina Spohr has contributed a post to the Oxford University Press Blog (17 March) on "Meeting Helmut Schmidt: The Man Behind the Statesman". Her book, The Global Chancellor, is published by Oxford University Press and comes out on 24 March. In this post, Dr Spohr offers the reader a fascinating glance into her research and the man she places at the centre of her manuscript. Read the full post here.
 
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Professor David Stevenson on BBC Future

Professor David Stevenson contributed to an article on why Britain introduced daylight time saving a hundred years ago for BBC Future on 11 March 2016. Love it or hate it, there’s a stubborn British campaigner one can thank. The article focuses on the builder who changed how the world keeps time. Read it here.
 
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Dr Antony Best in the Yomiuri Shimbun

Dr Antony Best was interviewed by the Japanese daily, the Yomiuri Shimbun, on 1 February 2016. In his interview, he talks about his recent book, Daiei Teikoku no Shin-Nichi Ha: Kaisen ha Naze Sakerare Nakattaka [British Japanophiles: Why Could Britain and Japan Not Avoid War?]. His book is translated from the original English-language essays by Dr Tomoki Takeda and came out in September 2015.
 
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Dr Roham Alvandi in the Times Higher Education

Dr Roham Alvandi was quoted in an article in the Times Higher Education called “End of Iran Sanctions will not Lead to ‘Sea Change' in Region for HE” (28 January 2016). Read his views on the lifting of sanctions on Iran and Higher Education here.
 
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PhD Student Caroline Green in the Guardian

Our PhD student Caroline Green had an article published in the Guardian on Friday, 8 January. Her article entitled, "UK Must Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with Women Living amid War", addresses the country’s shortcomings in the support given to the lives and livelihoods of women in conflict zones. Read the article here. Ms Green is interim director at Gender Action for Peace and Security. Her doctoral thesis is on morality and the end of Empire. She is being supervised by Dr Joanna Lewis, our expert on Modern Britain and Africa History.
 
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Professor Hartley on BBC Four

Professor Janet Hartley appeared in the first two episodes of the BBC Four programme, Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley. The first episode aired on 6 January 2016 and the second episode aired a week later. Watch the trailer here. Read more about Empire of the Tsars here.
 
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Dr Kristina Spohr on German TV ZDF and on BBC Radio 4

Dr Kristina Spohr was a co-presenter in the 5-part TV series 'Secrets of the Cold War’ (Geheimnisse des Kalten Krieges) on the German TV channel ZDFinfo, first aired on 27 and 28 December 2015. Watch part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5 of the TV series, currently available on live stream.

On 16 February 2016, Dr Spohr was on BBC Radio 4's Making History programme. At a time when historians are taking more and more interest in the end of the Cold War, with their research aided by the opening up of archives in the former Eastern Bloc countries, Helen Castor met up with Professor David Reynolds from the University of Cambridge and Dr Kristina Spohr to discuss history of the Cold War. Their new edited book, Transcending the Cold War (OUP) will be published in September 2016. Listen to Dr Kristina Spohr from 07m15s.
 

The Department introduced the following new courses in 2016-2017:

Undergraduate Courses:
Professor Nigel Ashton
HY327: The Anglo-American Special Relationship, 1939-89

Professor Nigel Ashton

This course will analyse the changing nature of the Anglo-American "special" relationship from its creation against the backdrop of the Second World War through to the end of the 1980s. It will illuminate the foundations of the relationship in terms of culture and ideology, and also the threat posed by common enemies in the Second World War and Cold War. The competitive dimension of the Anglo-American relationship will also be highlighted as a means of explaining instances of discord such as the Suez Crisis of 1956. Topics addressed include: the creation of the Anglo-American alliance, 1939-41; competitive co-operation in war strategy and politics, 1941-45; the American "occupation" of Britain during the Second World War; the emergence of the Cold War in Europe and Asia, 1945-54; the Palestine question; the Suez Crisis; nuclear relations; the Cuban Missile Crisis; European integration; decolonisation; the impact of the Vietnam War; the cultural Cold War; intelligence co-operation; Anglo-American relations in the 1970s; the Falklands War of 1982; and the revival of the special relationship under Thatcher and Reagan in the 1980s.
 
Postgraduate Courses:

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2016

Books authored and edited by our faculty:
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At Meydanı’nda Ölüm: 17. Yüzyıl İstanbul'unda Toplumsal Cinsiyet, Hoşgörü ve İhtida (Death on theHippodrome: Gender, Tolerance, and Conversion in 17th century Istanbul)

Professor Marc David Baer
 
LudlowRoyJenkins
Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976-1980: At the Heart of Europe

Dr N. Piers Ludlow
 
IndiaandtheIslamicHeartlands
India and the Islamic Heartlands: An Eighteenth-Century World of Circulation and Exchange

Dr Gagan D. S. Sood
 
TheGlobalChancellor
The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order

Dr Kristina Spohr
 
PrestonLastDaysSpanishRepublic
The Last Days of the Spanish Republic

Professor Paul Preston
 
ArmsRaceinInternationalPolitics
Arms Races in International Politics. From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century (co-edited)

Professor David Stevenson
 

2015

PrazmowskaWladyslawGomulka
Władysław Gomułka. A biography.

Professor Anita Prazmowska
 
MentalMaps
Mental Maps in the Era of Détente and the End of the Cold War (co-edited)

Professor Steven Casey
 
JapanandtheGreatWar

Japan and the Great War (co-edited)

Dr Antony Best

 
DaieiTeikoku
Daiei Teikoku no Shin-Nichi Ha: Kaisen ha Naze Sakerare Nakattaka [British Japanophiles: Why Could Britain and Japan Not Avoid War?]

Dr Antony Best
 
RussiaAndTheNapoleonicWars
Russia and the Napoleonic Wars (co-edited)

Professor Janet Hartley, Dr Paul Keenan, Emeritus Professor Dominic Lieven
 
DansLaGuerre
Dans la guerre 1914-1918. Accepter, Endurer, Refuser (co-edited)

Dr Heather Jones
 
MuslimBelonginginSecularIndia
Muslim Belonging in Secular India: Negotiating Citizenship in Postcolonial HYderabad

Dr Taylor Sherman
 
InternationalHistoryoftheTwentiethCenturyandBeyond

International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond
3rd Edition


Dr Antony Best, Dr Kirsten Schulze, et al

 
TheUsesOfSpace
The Uses of Space in Early Modern History (edited)

Dr Paul Stock
 

2014

TheLastStalinist

The Last Stalinist: The Life of Santiago Carrillo

Professor Paul Preston

 
SiberiaAHistoryofthePeople

Siberia: A History of the People

Professor Janet Hartley

 
ChileylaGuerraFria

Chile y la Guerra Fría Global

Dr Tanya Harmer

 
NixonKissingerAndTheShah

Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War

Dr Roham Alvandi

 
When Soldiers Fall

When Soldiers Fall: How Americans Have Confronted Combat Losses from World War I to Afghanistan

Professor Steven Casey

 

2013

Restless Empire

Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750

Professor Odd Arne Westad

 
With Our Backs to the Wall

With Our Backs to the Wall

Professor David Stevenson

 
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Violence against Prisoners of War in the First World War

Dr Heather Jones

 
Allendes Chile Tanya Harmer

Allende's Chile & The Inter-American Cold War

Dr Tanya Harmer

 
St Petersburg and the Russian Court

St Petersburg and the Russian Court, 1703-61

Dr Paul Keenan

 

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