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War, conflict and politics in Europe

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We have a wide range of expertise on conflict, war and politics in the late nineteenth to twentieth centuries. Annika Mombauer researches the history of the First World War; Dr Paul Lawrence has published on the history of nationalism; and Dr Christian Bailey’s research has focused on European integration after 1945. There is also overlap with the Empire Group; with Dr Karl Hack’s work on twentieth century imperial and colonial conflicts and insurgency; and with the International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice.

We welcome applications in areas which correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact the department.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

At least a 2:1 in a relevant degree plus a masters degree, or equivalent evidence of ability to write and research at a high level, or a first class degree with a dissertation element.

Potential supervisors

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Professor James Moore, Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)1908 653266

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.