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  • International History


History at UCLan ranges internationally. Research on the twentieth-century world covers the Unites States, Germany, and Asia, and topics of international scope such as Jewish history and public history.

The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962; British and US foreign policies during the Cold War; the institutions of diplomacy. (Jonathan Colman).
Dalit History and Politics in 19th and 20th-century Western India; Buddhism, Society and the State in 19th and 20th century Asia and the Asia-Pacific. (Philip Constable)

Modern Germany; commemoration of the holocaust and Nazism. (Caroline Sharples)

Economic development of British colonial Africa. (Billy Frank) 

Dr Alix Green is organising a public engagement event at Uclan in September 2016, ‘Europe at the Crossroads – history and memory at the sharp end of politics’

Dr Caroline Sharples is co-organising a one day workshop entitled ‘NeW Directions in German History’ to be held at Uclan on 16 September 2016.)

A one-day symposium on ‘Britain and the Easter Rising’ to be held at Uclan on Friday 9 Sept 2016 will bring together new and leading historians on the Dublin Easter Rising and its consequences against the backdrop of the First World War. Convener: Dr Máirtín Ó Catháin, with the support of the AHRC First World War Co-ordinating Centre at the University of Hertfordshire.

Dr Jonathan Colman, Lecturer in History, specialises in the study of British and American Cold War foreign policies, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, and the institutions of diplomacy. His latest monograph is The Cuban Missile Crisis: Origins, Course, and Aftermath (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), which presents the crisis as a global event with complex legacies. He has also published numerous articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, and is a contributing editor to the forthcoming Routledge Encyclopedia of Diplomacy.

Dr Billy Frank is Senior Lecturer in History. He first travelled to Africa in 1952. He researches the impact of colonial economic development in British Africa in the twentieth century, and also has an interest in business history. Recent articles: ‘The ‘private’ face of African development planning during the Second World War’ in Developing Africa ed. J. Hodge (Manchester University Press, 2014), and (with Maria Sienkiewicz) ‘An eagle eye: Africa in the 20th century as viewed through the archives of Barclays Bank’ African Research and Documentation, Jan. 2015.

Dr Philip Constable, Senior Lecturer in History, works on modern Asia and the Asia-Pacific, with a particular focus on the history and politics of South and South-east Asia. His main research interest focuses on Dalit history, culture and politics in 19th and 20th-century India. He is also involved in an inter-university research project on Buddhism, society and politics in Asia and the Asia-Pacific. His latest articles are ‘Alexander Robertson, Scottish Social Theology and Low-caste Hindu Reform in Early 20th-century Colonial India’, Scottish Historical Review, October 2015, and ‘Sitting on the School Verandah’: The Ideology and Practice of Untouchable Educational Protest in Late 19th-century Western India’, in Caste in Modern India, (Delhi, Permanent Black, 2013).

Dr Caroline Sharples is Lecturer in History specialising in modern Germany, where she specialises in the memory of the holocaust and the commemoration of Nazi war criminals. (Link to ‘Public History and Memory’). Her latest book is Postwar Germany and the Holocaust (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), and her articles include ‘Burying the Past? The Post-Execution History of Nazi War Criminals’, in A Global History of Execution and the Criminal Corpse ed. R. Ward et. al. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Dr Alix Green is Lecturer in Public History, specialising in historical methods and practices and the uses of the past in contemporary politics and society. Her work has an essential international and comparative dynamic, looking in particular at North America and Germany and how the intellectual lineages of historical scholarship have influenced understandings of history’s place in public life. She also works on Jewish periodical culture in the UK and Germany. Her latest book is History, Policy and Public Purpose (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

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