Publications

  1. Way of Life Propaganda? The Anglo-Soviet Exhibitions of 1961. Journal of Cold War Studies
  2. Britain's Cold War: Culture, Modernity and The Soviet Threat. London: I. B. Tauris.
  3. & Spies on British Screens.

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Teaching

  • HI-M80 Directed Reading in History

    Under the guidance of an expert supervisor, students analyse developments in research and historiography relating to a topic in History which they choose from a wide range of options.

  • HIH122 Making History

    History is an imprecise art and what historians say and write about the past is not the same as what actually happened in the past. Most people's knowledge about the past doesn't come from professional historians at all but rather from 'public history'. Public history is the collective understandings of the past that exist outside academic discipline of history. It is derived from a diverse range of sources including oral traditions, legends, literature, art, films and television. This module will introduce you to the study and presentation of the past. It will consider how the content, aims and methods of academic and public history compare and contrast and you will engage in your own small research project to investigate this. The module will also teach you about the fundamentals of studying and writing history at university. You will learn about essay writing, group work and critical analysis and employ these skills to understand and assess history today, both as an academic activity and as public knowledge.

  • HIH124 Modern British History

    This module explores the broad sweep of the history of the United Kingdom since its modern creation in 1801. It brings together different approaches from political, economic, social and cultural history to consider the different ways the history of a nation can be studied. At the module's heart are questions of what constitutes a nation and the extent to which British society can be considered to be unified.

  • HIH226 Post-War Reconstruction: Europe 1945 - 1956

    The module begins by examining the conditions on the continent at the end of the war in 1945 and then concentrates on the social and political reconstruction of both East and West Europe. A number of countries will be used as case studies, including Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, the two Germanies and Austria. The course will end with the burning rubble in Budapest in 1956.

  • HIH237 The Practice of History

    The purpose of the module is to encourage you to think more deeply about how historians work and, in particular, about how we as historians can locate and use primary historical sources effectively as a means of interpreting and understanding the past. During the module we will learn about the survival of historical evidence, how it is organised and made accessible to historians to undertake their research, and how to effectively locate and interpret it in your studies. We will consider how the process of doing historical research changes over time, in particular with the impact of recent developments like digitization. At the core of the module will be the work you undertake with others in your seminar group using a range of primary sources which your seminar tutor will introduce to you. As part of the module assessment you will also undertake your own primary source based research project using items from these collections. The module is designed strengthen your analytical skills and to help prepare you for the more extensive uses of primary evidence which you will encounter in final year special subjects and dissertation.

  • HIH274 Conflict & Memory: Europe in the Twentieth Century

    Collective memories of conflict and death were powerful historical forces in twentieth-century Europe. This module considers how popular and scholarly understandings of the past shaped debate, attitudes and decisions from the start of the First World War to the end of the Cold War. It addresses the pronouncements of politicians and the output of artists, as well as public debate about the work of historians. Co-taught by lecturers with expertise in comparative history, the module covers a range of countries and conflicts spanning Europe¿s turbulent twentieth century. Case studies to be examined in detail include the commemoration of conflict after 1918, the role of historical narratives in the articulation of ideologies of the interwar period, the development of a collective memory of the Holocaust, and the salience of memory and commemoration during the Cold War. Students will develop an appreciation of the different concepts, approaches and sources historians use to explore collective memories. The module will also explore cultural and political aspects of the current ¿commemorative fever¿ which has gripped Europe in the twenty-first century

  • HIH3300 History Dissertation

    The History dissertation is a free-standing, 40-credit module that runs across both semesters of Level Three. Candidates conduct research upon a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of staff teaching for the degrees in History, and concerning a topic that falls within staff research and teaching interests.

  • HIH3343 War, Photography and Visual Culture: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 1)

    Since the announcement of its invention in 1839, the medium of photography has influenced human activity in fields as diverse as science and leisure, politics and personal relationships. Nowhere has its impact been more dramatic, however, than in the representation of the devastating wars of the twentieth century. Addressing the photography of armed conflict in Britain from the start of the First World War to the end of the Cold War, this module takes a critical approach to a range of photographic imagery made and circulated in times of conflict including reconnaissance, press, amateur and even fine art photography. It examines the changing significance of photographic technology in the prosecution of war, as well as the increasing importance of news images in shaping public attitudes to conflict. Photographs are partial and unreliable documents, but in this they are no different from ego-documents, journalistic reports, political treaties or any other source which historians examine. Historical research with photographs involves refining existing skills of working with primary sources, as well as developing a sophisticated understanding of what sort of source a photograph can be and a new set of interpretive skills. Through its clear focus on `war photography¿ in twentieth-century Britain, this module combines an insight into the history of photography with a broader exploration of the value and importance of photographs to historical research.

  • HIH3345 War, Photography and Visual Culture: Britain, 1990-2008 (Part 2)

    Since the announcement of its invention in 1839, the medium of photography has influenced human activity in fields as diverse as science and leisure, politics and personal relationships. Nowhere has its impact been more dramatic, however, than in the representation of the devastating wars of the twentieth century. Addressing the photography of armed conflict in Britain from the start of the First World War to the end of the Cold War, this module takes a critical approach to a range of photographic imagery made and circulated in times of conflict including reconnaissance, press, amateur and even fine art photography. It examines the changing significance of photographic technology in the prosecution of war, as well as the increasing importance of news images in shaping public attitudes to conflict. Photographs are partial and unreliable documents, but in this they are no different from ego-documents, journalistic reports, political treaties or any other source which historians examine. Historical research with photographs involves refining existing skills of working with primary sources, as well as developing a sophisticated understanding of what sort of source a photograph can be and a new set of interpretive skills. Through its clear focus on `war photography¿ in twentieth-century Britain, this module combines an insight into the history of photography with a broader exploration of the value and importance of photographs to historical research.

  • HIH3366 Cultural Encounters, Globalism and Identities From 1945

    This module explores global interactions between cultures and questions how travel, conquest and trade has affected local, national and transnational identities, with a particular focus (although not limited to) the British and American reach around the world. Students will examine academic debates around cultural encounters and look at sources including travel & scientific literature, collections & material culture, official reports, press coverage, film and fiction. By addressing these primary sources students will be able to address how the interaction of cultures enabled societies to look beyond the local or the national and the impact on domestic cultures. Students will gain employment skills by designing a digital project history project that they will carry out and review; suitable objects include but are not limited to Historypin maps, videos, podcasts, social media sites, looped presentations or blogs.

External Responsibilities

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

    2013 - Present

  • Series Editor, Routledge Studies in Espionage and Culture

    2017 - Present

Research Groups

  • CRAM

    Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory