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Dr N. Piers Ludlow

Associate Professor

Other Titles: Undergraduate Examinations Chair
Research Interests:
Western Europe since 1945; European Integration
Room: SAR.2.16
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7099

Dr Ludlow studied for his undergraduate degree at Trinity College, Oxford before moving on to St Antony's College Oxford to study for his D.Phil. He was then a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford until he joined LSE in 1998.

Dr Ludlow’s main research interests lie in the history of Western Europe since 1945, in particular the historical roots of the integration process and the development of the EU. He has just completed a monograph looking in some detail at Roy Jenkins’ presidency of the European Commission, which was published by Palgrave in April 2016. He also works on the Cold War, and in particular West-West relations during the East-West struggle. In the medium term he plans to write a detailed study of the development of transatlantic relations during the Cold War – and in particular of the way in which the Americans sought to balance their bilateral and multilateral dealings with their Western European allies, and the way in which the European allies jostled for the ear of the Americans. A first taste of this research appeared in his Journal of Cold War Studies article in 2013.

Dr Piers Ludlow teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY206: The International History of the Cold War, 1945-1989

HY238: The Cold War and European Integration

At Master's level:

HY400: Crisis Decision-Making in War and Peace, 1914-2003 (taught jointly with other faculty members)

HY411: European Integration in the Twentieth Century

Dr Ludlow also supervises the following PhD students:

Research Student Provisional Thesis Title
Bastiaan Bouwman Becoming Politics. Human Rights Institutionalization and International Civil Society in the Netherlands and Britain in the 1970s
Alexandre Dab National foreign policies and European Political Cooperation, 1979-1981: A historical analysis of the Venice Declaration
Tommaso Milani  'Les Belles Années du Plan': Mixed Economy and Supranational Integration in European Socialism, 1930-1945 
Eline van Ommen  Nicaraguan and Western European Relations in the late 1970s and 1980s
Roberto Ventresca
(Visiting Research Student, Michaelmas Term only)
The era of technocracies: Italy and OEEC in the first stages of the European integration process (1947-1953)

Dr Piers Ludlow has written three books: Dealing with Britain: The Six and the First UK Membership Application (Cambridge University Press, 1997) The European Community and the Crises of the 1960s: Negotiating the Gaullist Challenge (Routledge: 2006) Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976-1980: At the Heart of Europe (Palgrave, 2016) and (jointly) edited five more, Les administrations nationales et la construction européenne: une approche historique (1919-1975) (Peter Lang, 2005); European Integration and the Cold War: Ostpolitik-Westpolitik, 1965-1973 (Routledge, 2007); Europe and the End of the Cold War: A Reappraisal (Routledge, 2008) Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945-1990 (Berghahn, 2012) and The European Commission 1973-1986. History and Memories of an institution (Luxembourg: Publication Office of the EU, 2014).

Other recent publications include:

List of publications on LSE Research Online


Watch Dr Piers Ludlow talk about his courses, how they are structured and how students can benefit from taking them in order to better understand the world we live in today.

HY206: The International History of the Cold War, 1945 - 1989

HY238: The Cold War and European Integration, 1947 - 1992

HY400: Crisis Decision Making in War and Peace, 1914 - 2003

HY411: European Integration in the Twentieth Century

Videos recorded in May 2015

Piers Ludlow

Watch Dr Piers Ludlow talk about the International History Department, teaching, careers and London life.

Videos recorded in 2005/2006

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Author Interview with Dr Piers Ludlow: Portrait of President

In Dr Piers Ludlow’s latest book, Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976 –1980: At the Heart of Europe (Palgrave, 2016), he argues that Roy Jenkins brought great talent to Europe’s top job. He played a 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. During his tenure as president of the European Commission, Roy Jenkins helped the institution emerge from a period of crisis and laid the foundations for the European Union (EU). In this interview with Peter Carrol for the LSE Review of Books (11 May 2016), Dr Piers Ludlow discusses Jenkins’s legacy in relation to Europe, British politics and how Jenkins’s gregarious personality was both a help and a hindrance in his political career. Read the full interview here. This interview was originally published as a ‘Research Highlights’ feature.



   Dr Piers Ludlow, Reader in International HistoryExpertsPage