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In this section you can find news of relevance about the Department and its members, such as new appointments, publications, book launches, awards received, speaking engagements, media coverage and standings in world and national ranks.


Undergraduate Student to Give a Paper at the 7th Annual IIPE Conference in Lisbon, Portugal

Rory Coutts, a third-year International Relations and History undergraduate, was selected to present a paper at the 7th Annual Conference on Political Economy, hosted by the IIPPE (International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy) in Lisbon from the 7th to the 9th of September. Mr Coutts’s proposal is to assess the impact the UK's turn to China has had on USA-China competition for influence on the world stage. As he tell us about his paper, “I cover economics (especially the internationalization of the RMB) in light of the UK being a major component of neo-liberal economics and China having snubbed neoliberalism in its development; the diplomatic value of the UK-China relationship as a P5 member and the ignoring of human rights issues; and the significance it has as the UK was portrayed as America's special partner in Europe. Ultimately, the turn has little material value at present, but has potential and plays a symbolic move in China's rise as a world power.” IIPPE was founded in 2006 with the aim of promoting political economy in and of itself but also through critical and constructive engagement with mainstream economics, heterodox alternatives, interdisciplinarity, and activism understood broadly as ranging across formulating progressive policy through to support for progressive movements. Read more about IIPPE here.
Dr Kristina Spohr at the German Embassy to Talk about her Latest Book

At the invitation of the German Ambassador, Dr Peter Ammon, Dr Kristina Spohr was at the German Embassy in London on 12 May 2016 to talk about her book Helmut Schmidt: The Global Chancellor with Quentin Peel, former Foreign Editor of the Financial Times. Dr Spohr’s book, published by Oxford University Press earlier this year, 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. Buy the book here. Read more about the event in the German Embassy in London website.
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 is the fourth year in a row that Dr Mason has won that 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.
New Book by Professor Marc David Baer

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 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.
International History PhD Student Publishes Article in The Historical Journal

Second-year PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant, Max Skjönsberg, published his article “Lord Bolingbroke’s Theory of Party and Opposition” in The Historical Journal. In his article, Mr Skjönsberg examines one of the most important but disputable aspects of Bolingbroke's political thought: his views on political parties and his theory of opposition. It aims to demonstrate that Bolingbroke's views on party have been misunderstood and that it is possible to think of him as an advocate of political parties rather than the ‘anti-party’ writer he is commonly known as. Mr Skjönsberg is working with Dr Tim Hochstrasser on the topic ‘Concepts of Party in Eighteenth-Century British Political Thought.’ Read the article here. LSE users can read it for free here.
Complete University Guide
Complete University Guide 2017

The Complete University Guide 2017 – the first university rankings of the year – has ranked LSE History 7th in the UK, same place as last year. LSE History is also ranked 7th overall for job prospects. LSE has maintained its position as the top university in London and third in the UK. It is the fourth consecutive year the rankings have placed LSE in third overall, just behind Oxford and Cambridge. The Complete University Guide rates 127 UK universities on a number of measures, including research quality, graduate prospects and student satisfaction.
International History Undergraduate Student Nominated for LSE Volunteer of the Year

Undergraduate student, Chloe Organ was nominated for the LSE Volunteer of the Year 2016 by three of her mentees. Their feedback included: “I would strongly recommend Chloe for special mention as she has been an especially great mentor who has always been happy to help. She has regularly made an effort to reach out and is always available to meet up. I couldn’t have wished for a better mentor who has really helped me settle into Uni life.” “Chloe has been an amazing mentor. (…) It was very reassuring to know that there was someone friendly to whom I could direct questions and small problems – Chloe was always prompt in responding to my queries and giving me great advice. She’s always made it clear that I can contact her at anytime for help. I’m really grateful to her.” “Chloe was great, she did answer all my questions about life at LSE. She was very proactive and engaging – I really liked her.”
Dr Kristina Spohr on Genscher in the European Politics and Policy LSE Blog

On 18 April, 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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The Global Chancellor to be published in German

Dr Kristina Spohr’s book, The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order, will be made available in German by Theiss,  on 15 September 2016. The book will be entitled Helmut Schmidt: Der Weltkanzler. Read more about the German edition in Theiss’s website.
Dr Joanna Lewis
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.
New Book by Dr N. Piers Ludlow

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 for the LSE Review of Books (11 May 2016).
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.
The Global Chancellor's Book Launch

Dr Kristina Spohr’s book launch took place on Wednesday, 6 April 2016, at the European Parliament. The event was hosted by the MEPs Jakob von Weizsaecker and Knut Fleckenstein. The Global Chancellor was published by Oxford University Press in March. In her book, Dr Spohr retrieves Chancellor Helmut Schmidt’s true significance as a pivotal figure who helped reshape the global order during the crisis-ridden 1970s. This major reinterpretation, based on detailed research in Schmidt's private papers and numerous archives in Europe and America, reveals him as a leader equally skilled in economics and security, and adept at personal diplomacy, who dared to act as a 'double interpreter' between the superpowers during the nadir of the Cold War. Read more about The Global Chancellor in the OUP's website. Buy the book here.
International History Postgraduate Students Publish Essay in The National Interest

Our postgraduate students, Nicholas Butts and Jared McKinney,  published an essay in The National Interest magazine, entitled “What Would China Do if America Sold Taiwan F-35s?”. In their own words, the essay “challenges a widespread belief that if the United States can help China’s neighbours to 'stand up' to China, then the Chinese will be forced to back down and magnanimously change their behaviour. The trouble with this belief is that it assumes away any other Chinese response - an erroneous and dangerous assumption.” Butts and McKinney “attempt a creative approach to analyse US-China relations in the National Interest “, called “futures imagined”. Nicholas Butts and Jared McKinney are studying for the LSE-PKU Double MSc Degree in International Affairs at our department, completing the second year of the programme at Peking University.
New Book by Dr Gagan Sood, India and the Islamic Heartlands

Dr 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
New Book by Dr Kristina Spohr, The Global Chancellor

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
Professor Paul Preston Acclaimed in New Book by Professor Helen Graham

A forthcoming edited book by Helen Graham, Professor of European Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London, salutes Professor Paul Preston’s extensive work and expertise on contemporary Spanish history. Professor Graham’s book is called About Interrogating Francoism: History and Dictatorship in Twentieth-Century Spain, and it will be published in September 2016. The book brings together leading historians of international renown to examine 20th-century Spain in light of Franco's dictatorship and its legacy. “In part a tribute to Paul Preston, the foremost historian of contemporary Spain today, Interrogating Francoism includes an interview with Professor Preston and a comprehensive bibliography of his work, as well as extensive further readings in English. It is a crucial volume for all students of 20th-century Spain.” Pre-order the book here.
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.
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.
MSc Student Tobias Pester Awarded LTI Grant

Tobias Pester, a postgraduate student in our department, has been awarded an Learning Technology and Innovation Grant for his project Sustainable Autorship with Academic Markdown. In his own words: “I am proposing to develop, document, and teach a Workshop for Sustainable Authorship for students of the LSE that familiarizes and equips them with the writing environment of Academic Markdown. […] One, it provides the automatic generation of references and bibliographies. Two, it relies on the single most sustainable file format since the invention of computers: human-readable plain text. Three, it is platform independent: the most basic text editor available on any operating system will do. Four, it does not rely on proprietary software.” Tobias Pester's workshop will be made available in video format for our future students in our Moodle research pages.
International History Students Thanked for their Volunteering Work at LSE

On 9 March, our undergraduate students Radhika Soni, Chloe Organ and Hayat Mohamed were invited to attend a “thank you” event hosted by Professor Paul Kelly to recognise their contribution to the LSE community for their volunteering work as student mentors. The volunteering work is part of the Off Campus Support Scheme. The Scheme connects new students who are not living in LSE halls of residence with an experienced LSE student to act as a mentor. Mentors help new students to settle in at LSE. Chloe Organ shared with us these lines: “I wanted to be a mentor as I've lived at home whilst attending LSE and think I would have benefitted from a mentor when I first started, so I wanted to make sure incoming students had a more welcoming experience. My mentees have settled in really well so it's made it quite easy for me really but it's been great getting to know new people and perhaps bringing them together through our group meetings.”
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.
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 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).
Dr Paul Stock
Dr Paul Stock's New Article in the EHR

Dr Paul Stock, our specialist on 18th- and 19th-Century Intellectual History, has a new article out in The English Historical Review. 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. Existing studies tend to present the Revolution as a disruptive moment in British intellectual life. Instead, this article analyses mainstream geographical works—sources which, due to their popularity and summative nature, can help expose the longstanding, formative ideas about America circulating widely in British literate culture. The English Historical Review is a very prestigious peer-reviewed British journal and the oldest journal of historical scholarship in the English-speaking world. It is published by the Oxford University Press. Read the article here (paid subscription).  LSE students and staff can read the article for free here.
Professor David Stevenson
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.
New Book by Professor Paul Preston

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), tells 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. This is the story of an avoidable humanitarian tragedy that cost many thousands of lives and ruined tens of thousands more. 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. Professor Paul Preston is a leading historian of 20th century Spain and the Príncipe de Asturias Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Spanish History.
Professor Paul Preston 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.
Dr Kristina Spohr on BBC Radio 4

On 16 February 2016, Dr Kristina 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.
Dr Antony Best
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.
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.
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.
New Publication by Professor David Stevenson

Professor David Stevenson’s newest book was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016. The book, edited with Thomas Mahnken and Joseph Maiolo, is called Arms Races in International Politics: from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century. Professor Stevenson has contributed a section introduction, a chapter, and a conclusion to the book. The volume provides the first comprehensive history of the arms racing phenomenon in modern international politics, drawing both on theoretical approaches and on the latest historical research. It is divided into four sections: before 1914; the inter-war years; the Cold War; and extra-European and post-Cold War arms races. Arms Races in International Politics addresses two key questions: what causes arms races and what is the connection between arms races and the outbreak of wars. Read Chapter 1 here.
New Book by Professor Anita Prazmowska

Professor Anita Prazmowska newest book came out in December 2015. Wladyslaw Gomulka. A Biography is part of series Communist Lives, published by I.B. Tauris. The volume is a new and challenging reinterpretation of the role played by the Polish Communist leader in Polish and European politics. Professor Prazmowska traces Gomulka's progression from a poorly educated worker in the Krosno district of Poland, to his election as First Party Secretary in 1956 and finally to his forced resignation in 1970. She considers Gomulka's pivotal role in building a communist-led resistance in occupied Poland during World War II as well as the critical part he played in post-war Polish politics and the 'de-Stalinization' process. Incorporating recently released and previously unpublished sources, this book provides a vivid picture of how Communism functioned in Poland and an original analysis of Poland's international role in the Cold War era. Read more about the book and purchase it in the publisher’s website, I.B.Tauris.
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.
Dr Kristina Spohr on German TV ZDF

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. You can watch part 1, part 2, part 3part 4 and part 5 of the TV series currently available on live stream.

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