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  • Dr Thomas Robb

    Lecturer in History

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483706

    Email: trobb@brookes.ac.uk


    Dr Robb is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a historian of international relations. His research centres upon the diplomatic and military history of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. He is the co-founder and currently the Director of the International History and Grand Strategy Research Group in the Department. His work has appeared in the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations journal, Diplomatic History as well as within the International History Review; Contemporary British History; Diplomacy and Statecraft; the Journal of Cold War Studies and Journal of Strategic Studies. His most recent work has analysed the Anglo-American "special relationship" during the era of detente, 1969-81 which has led to the publication of two monographs: A Strained Partnership? US-UK relations in the era of detente, 1969-99 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013); Jimmy Carter and the Anglo-American special relationship (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Currently Dr Robb is working upon a number of projects including a new book on U.S. and British strategic rivalry during the early years of the Cold War which focuses on the Asian-Pacific region. Dr Robb is also conducting work into a broader study on U.S. grand strategy from the end of the U.S. Civil War to the end of the First World War.

    Dr Robb is happy to offer supervision to both undergraduates and postgraduates in subject areas that encompass American or British foreign policy, political history, military history or international history subjects more broadly.

    Modules taught


    • U67866 America and the Vietnam War (3rd year) [Advanced Study in the History of America] 
    • U67823 The Making of the American Giant, 1861 – 1945 (2nd year)
    • U67920 History and Documents (2nd year)
    • U67511 Superpowers: An International History of the Cold War (1st year)
    • U67920 History and Documents (2nd year)
    • U67900 Making History: Theory Methods and Sources (1st year)



    • P67503 American Colossus: U.S. Domestic and Foreign Politics, 1945 - 2012 


    Journal articles

    • Thomas Robb David Gill, 'The ANZUS Treaty during the Cold War: A Reinterpretation of U.S. Diplomacy in the Southwest Pacific'
      Journal of Cold War Studies 17 (4) (2015) pp.109-157
      ISSN: 1520-3972 eISSN: 1520-3972
    • Thomas Robb Michael Seibold, 'Spying on Friends: British assessments of French security'
      International History Review 36 (1) (2014) pp.112-141
      ISSN: 0707-5332 eISSN: 0707-5332
    • Robb T, Hughes R G, 'Kissinger and the Diplomacy of Coercive Linkage in the "Special Relationship" between the United States and Great Britain, 1969-1977'
      Diplomatic History 37 (4) (2013) pp.861-905
      ISSN: 0145-2096 eISSN: 0145-2096
      Abstract Website
    • Robb T, 'The Power of Oil: Edward Heath, the 'Year of Europe' and the Anglo-American 'special relationship' '
      Contemporary British History 26 (1) (2012) pp.73-96
      ISSN: 1361-9462 eISSN: 1361-9462
      Abstract Website
    • Robb T, 'The 'limit of what is tolerable': British defence cuts and the 'special relationship', 1974-1976'
      Diplomacy and Statecraft 22 (2) (2011) pp.321-337
      ISSN: 0959-2296 eISSN: 0959-2296
      Abstract Website
    • Robb T , 'Henry Kissinger, Great Britain and the 'Year of Europe': The 'Tangled skein''
      Contemporary British History 24 (3) (2010) pp.297-318
      ISSN: 1361-9462 eISSN: 1361-9462
      Abstract Website
    • Robb T , 'Antelope, Poseidon or a Hybrid: the upgrading of the British Strategic Nuclear Deterrent, 1970-74'
      Journal of Strategic Studies 33 (6) (2010) pp.797-817
      ISSN: 0140-2390 eISSN: 0140-2390
      Abstract Website



    Activities outside the University include appearing on radio broadcasts on BBC Radio 4.