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School of History, Philosophy and Culture
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483706
Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T513
Dr Robb is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a historian of international relations. His most recent research has centered upon the diplomatic and military history of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand which culminated in the recent publication of Divided Allies Strategic Cooperation against the Communist Threat in the Asia-Pacific during the Early Cold War, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019 (with David James Gill). Dr Robb is the co-founder and currently the Director of the International History and Grand Strategy Research Group within 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.
Currently Dr Robb is working upon a number of projects including a broad study on U.S. grand strategy from the end of the U.S. Civil War to the end of the First World War; a history of U.S. relations with China, and a study of U.S. clandestine activites in the second half of the Cold War.
By directly challenging existing accounts of post-World War II relations among the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, Divided Allies is a significant contribution to transnational and diplomatic history. At its heart, Divided Allies examines why strategic cooperation among these closely allied Western powers in the Asia-Pacific region was limited during the early Cold War. Thomas K. Robb and David James Gill probe the difficulties of security cooperation as the leadership of these four states balanced intramural competition with the need to develop a common strategy against the Soviet Union and the new communist power, the People's Republic of China
The majority of scholarly accounts suggest that Anglo-Americans throughout the era of détente, 1969–1977, were often fraught with difficulties. In particular, the relationship between the Nixon administration and the British government of Edward Heath is often seen as the nadir for the Anglo-American relationship during the Cold War. Nonetheless, elements of the Anglo-American “special relationship,” particularly those related to intelligence and nuclear co-operation, are often seen by scholars to have operated outside of these wider political difficulties. By utilising recently declassified documentation from both U.S. and UK archives, it is shown that both intelligence and nuclear co-operation were continually used by the United States as a means of convincing London to follow more amenable policy lines. With Henry Kissinger very much to the fore, it is illustrated how this coercive diplomacy had mixed results in achieving what Washington desired. Ultimately, this policy line would not accomplish what its main adherent, Henry Kissinger, sought.
Activities outside the University include appearing on radio broadcasts on BBC Radio 4.