Our Experts - International and Military History

Read about our tutors who teach on the MA in International and Military History.

Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler

I supervise the MA module ‘Warfare in the Medieval World, 1100-1500’.

My research explores political ethics and war in the central and later Middle Ages, in western Europe and the Holy Land. Recently I have focused on England’s first revolution, when Simon de Montfort earl of Leicester (d.1265) led a campaign to seize power from the king and establish conciliar government, exploring the cultural, intellectual and military contexts that made the revolution possible. My next major area of research brings together social, cultural and intellectual history to explore the experiences of troops operating in the British Isles and France between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, as well as the shifting patterns of thought concerned with soldiers and their roles and responsibilities in conflict.

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Professor Michael Hughes

I supervise the MA module ‘From Peter to Putin: Russia as a Great Power’.

I am a historian of nineteenth and twentieth century Russia, with a particular interest in the development of Russian conservative thought from 1815 down to the 1917 Revolution (particularly thinkers within the Slavophile tradition). Much of my recent work has focused on Anglo-Russian relations, seeking to place formal diplomatic relations in the context of wider cultural exchange, while my current research project explores the development of transnational revolutionary networks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I also have a long-standing interest in the role of religion in international politics.

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Dr Mark Hurst

I supervise the MA module ‘Fighting without Fire: Non-Military Conflict from 1945 to Today’.

My research focuses on campaigns conducted by human rights organisations during the Cold War, and on activism more broadly in contemporary history. My current research focuses on the history of Amnesty International, an organisation that has become synonymous with human rights concerns in the twentieth century. Despite this position, the influence of Amnesty International on the wider political process has been relatively understudied, something my research is aiming to address. I am particularly interested in how organisations such as Amnesty International functioned during the Cold War, when human rights issues were often at the forefront of international relations. Alongside this, I am interested more broadly in the history of human rights, dissent, and activism.

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Dr Thomas Mills

My research lies in the field of international relations in the twentieth century, with particular interests in US foreign policy towards Latin America and diplomatic relations between the US and Great Britain. My early work explored Anglo-American relations in South America during the Second World War in the broader context of the post-war economic diplomacy undertaken by the wartime allies. My current research projects include a collaborative project exploring Anglo-American relations in Latin America throughout the 20th century; an exploration of the role of British and American business groups in economic diplomacy; and a project exploring Britain's emerging role in Latin America at the turn of the 21st century.

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Dr Corinna Peniston-Bird

I am the Director of Post Graduate Studies, and supervise the MA module 'Researching and Writing History'. My research on gender focuses on femininities and masculinities at war, while my work on oral testimonies is centred on the relationship between memories and cultural representations. I am currently working on gendered commemoration, with a particular focus on British war memorials.

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Dr Thomas Rohkramer

I am a historian of nineteenth and twentieth century Germany, with a particular interest in the cultural and intellectual history of conservatism, nationalism and militarism. My research in military history focuses in particular on the concept of ‘total war’ and how war experiences link with the memory of war, social militarism and a more general political culture.

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Dr Marco Wyss

I convene the MA International and Military History and supervise modules on ‘The Cold War in the Third World’ and ‘Africa’s Cold War’.

My research focuses predominantly on the international history of the Cold War. While the initial focus was on the role of neutrality and Britain in the East-West struggle, I am currently working on the Cold War in the so-called Third World, specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa and in relation to Britain's and France's postcolonial security roles in this region. Meanwhile, I have also carried out research on peacekeeping in Africa, and the transformation of European armed forces since the end of the Cold War. Prior to moving into and beyond the Cold War, I carried out research on volunteers in the Waffen-SS.

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