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English Patriotism and the Implicit Nation: Homelands and Soldiers’ National Identity during the Great War

Alex Mayhew's newest article has been published by the English Historical Review. Focussing on the First World War, it explores English soldiers' patriotism and national identity through their relationship with their homelands and the 'implicit nation.

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Lifescapes: A Biographer's Search for the Soul

Dr Victoria Phillips will interview the highly acclaimed biographer, poet and obituary writer for the Economist, Ann Wroe, who will be speaking about her recent book 'Lifescapes: A Biographer's Search for the Soul' (Penguin). Monday 26 February 2024 at 6:00 pm Open to the Public

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Professor Sergei Radchenko

To Run the World: the Kremlin’s Foreign Policy from the Cold War to the post-Cold War

The Cold War Studies Project is delighted to announce that LSE alumni, Professor Sergei Radchenko will be delivering a seminar at the Research Forum on the 7th March.

The seminar is titled “To Run the World: the Kremlin’s Foreign Policy from the Cold War to the post-Cold War" and will be chaired by Prof Vladislav Zubok.

Full details about the seminar


Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance

We are excited to share that a smaller version of the Black Atlantic exhibition that our very own Jake Richards co-curated will move to the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the period 23 February – 28 March.

For all those in Columbia interested in visiting the exhibition this is your invitation!

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Trip to the National Army Museum

This year we are running a series of optional archive visits for our undergraduate module ‘Historical Approaches to the Modern World.’

Last week, Alex Mayhew led the first of these to the National Army Museum where Justin Saddington allowed the students to look at some of the treasures held by the museum.



Rewarding mobility? Towards a realistic European policy agenda for academics at risk

Dr Dina Gusejnova and Dr Artemis Photiadou have completed a seed project for CIVICA, which is part of a broader Horizon2020 project on "Protecting Academics at Risk" with colleagues from CEU (Vienna) and SNSPA (Bucharest), which will now reive continued support from a Gerda Henkel grant with a new partner from Uni Erfurt. 

The first publication is out, titled: "Rewarding mobility? Towards a realistic European policy agenda for academics at risk". It calls for a robust EU, UK and broader European response to an issue that is currently inadequately addressed by national governments, professional associations and NGOs.

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Qing China and Its Offshore Islands in the Long Eighteenth Century

Dr. Po's first article of 2024 and the final piece in the Year of the Rabbit, “Qing China and Its Offshore Islands in the Long Eighteenth Century” is now available online with The Historical Journal!

If you're interested in the connections between frontier management, island governance, and the formation of the Qing as an early modern empire, please dive in through the link below! It is free and open access to all

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Congradulations Ségolène Le Stradic! 

A graduate of our LSE-Columbia Double Degree MSc in International and World History programme, Ségolène Le Stradic, has won a joint-first prize of the 2023 LSE Middle East Centre MA Dissertation prize. 

Ségolène's award winning dissertation is a study of radio broadcasting in the Levant between 1939-1941. Through careful analysis of a range of archival sources, Le Stradic advances historiography on radio broadcasting as propaganda and its relationship to colonial practices in the Levant. 

Ségolène has worked in multiple news and research organisations in France and Lebanon and is now interning at a French newspaper, hoping to pursue a career in journalism. 

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Professor Kristina Spohr & Anders Adlercreutz

"It is clear that we need Europe to step up [support to Ukraine] and we need the US to stay in the game".

Our very own Professor Kristina Spohr, currently a Fellow at The Wilson Centre in Washington DC, was in conversation with Finland’s Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering: Anders Adlercreutz. They discussed Finland’s foreign policy priorities and challenges entering 2024. 

View the video recording of the discussion


 Indonesian Jihadi Training Camps: Home and Away

Dr. Kirsten E Schulze has published an article on ‘Indonesian Jihadi Training Camps: Home and Away’ (co-authored with Julie Chernov Hwang) in the Studies in Conflict and Terrorism journal. 

This article looks at Indonesian training in foreign camps in Afghanistan, the Philippines, and Syria as well as domestic training camps and opportunities in Ambon, Poso, Aceh, and Java. It examines the roles that these camps played not only in building military capacity but also with respect to ensuring organizational continuity, building networks, and fulfilling the obligation of jihad.

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Dr Eline van Ommen - Nicaragua Must Survive

Our former PhD student has published her first book with the University of California Press

Congratulations to our former PhD student, Dr Eline van Ommen who has published her first book this year!

The book is based on her doctoral dissertation, which was supervised by Tanya Harmer and Piers Ludlow

Read Eline's book


Academia and Democracy

Academic freedom of research and teaching is key to a democracy. Much of the knowledge we need to form a political opinion is the result of academic work. 

Join Dr Dina Gusejnova on Wednesday, 24 January as she speaks as part of a panel discussing Academia and Democracy at the Staatsbibliothek Berlin. 

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Our former PhD student has published his first book with Palgrave

Dr Hamish McDougall who won the 2022 British International History Group Michael Dockrill prize for his PhD, has now published his book based mainly on his PhD. 

This is an important personal milestone, but it’s also a reminder to current and prospective PhD students of what can be achieved with our PhD programme!

Read Hamish's book

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Assistant Professor in Modern South Asian History position

The Department of International History at the LSE invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Modern South Asian History.

We are especially interested in candidates who study South Asia with respect to international, transnational and global developments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and who have a capacity to undertake research in at least one South Asian language. Applications are welcome on themes that include conflict, empires, political movements, the environment, gender and caste.

Position closed

Hong Kai Koh

Congradulations Hong Kai Koh! 

A graduate of our MSc International and Asian History programme, Hong Kai Koh, has won the 2023 LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre Postgraduate Dissertation Prize. 

His award-winning dissertation was supervised by Dr Qingfei Yin

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