School of History, Philosophy and Culture

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  • Modern Political and International History

    Ideas and interests

    The relationship between ideas and ideals, on the one hand, and material interests, on the other, is one of the core components of modern political systems and political conflict. It is a basic consideration that links politics “as usual” and politics “at the extremes”, from the fast moving world of democratic elections in individual states to the often secret domain of international diplomacy and geopolitics.

    Staff have published on the Russian Revolution and civil war, the Anglo-American “special relationship” in science and industry, as well as politics, domestic policy formation in Britain and America from the Victorian era onwards, and the relationship between the British Empire and Southern Africa. They investigate politics “at the extremes”, from Communist and Fascist revolutions to contemporary terrorism movements, with a particular concern for making sense of political violence.

    Current projects include studies of the myth of blood and its effect on catastrophic events in recent history, international history and grand strategy in the Cold War, American responses to the Northern Ireland conflict, and the politics of water in post-war Britain.

  • Academic staff with related research interests

    Dr Tom Crook

    Reader in Modern British History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 484246 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, T532

    Dr Erik Landis

    Senior Lecturer in Modern European History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 484330 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T524

    Professor Glen O'Hara

    Professor of Modern and Contemporary History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 484166 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T535

    Dr Viviane Quirke

    Senior Lecturer in Modern History and History of Medicine
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483706 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T530

    Dr Thomas Robb

    Lecturer in History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483706 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T513

    Professor Marius Turda

    Professor in 20th Century Central and Eastern European Biomedicine
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483698 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T324