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Dr Daniel Lee publishes book to critical acclaim
5 October 2020

Dr Daniel Lee from Queen Mary University of London’s School of History has received critical acclaim for his book about little-known SS officer Dr Robert Griesinger.

The book, The SS Officer’s Armchair, tells the story of the life of Dr Robert Griesinger from Stuttgart, a low-ranking Nazi official who, like most Nazis outside of Hitler’s inner circle, has remained relatively unknown. As such the book offers a unique insight into one of the darkest periods of Europe’s history.


School of History alumnus confirmed as UK’s top civil servant
2 September 2020

Simon Case, who holds a PhD from the School of History, has been named as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service from 9 September 2020, succeeding Sir Mark Sedwill.




Analysis of Henry VIII's personal Bible sheds new light on Britain's past
20 August 2020

An analysis of King Henry VIII's personal Bible by ourvery own Dr Eyal Poleg has revealed new information about the Reformation and sheds fresh light on Britain’s religious, political and constitutional past.

Centre for the History of the Emotions wins two major podcast awards
13 July 2020

The podcast series produced by the Living With Feeling project at Queen Mary's Centre for the History of the Emotions won two awards at the British Podcast Awards on Saturday night. The Sound of Anger, produced by Natalie Steed won in two categories - smartest podcast, and best wellbeing podcast and was also nominated in the creativity category. 

In the series, our very own Professor Thomas Dixon goes on an odyssey to come to terms with the nature of anger, and his own complex feelings about it. He is helped by historians, psychologists, and political thinkers along the way. Thomas thanked the team behind the podcast on Twitter, in response to messages of congratulations stating 'The real credit goes to their multi-award winning producer Natalie Steed! @bawdynan And to playwright @CraigBaxter for his brilliant Seneca and Darwin dramas.'

The judges of the best wellbeing podcast noted that 'the experimental approach to this genre of podcast feels both valuable and refreshing'. Whilst the judges of the smartest podcast acclaimed that 'the subject matter is fascinating and takes you on a journey through the expression and understanding of a very common and challenging emotion. We were angry that we couldn't listen to more.' Full details on all the winners are available on the British Podcast Awards website.

You can find out more about the podcast on The Emotions Lab website. You can also listen to the full series of The Sound of Anger on The Emotions Lab SoundCloud page

The Sound of Anger was made with the support of the Wellcome Trust.


Dr Robert Saunders writes for New Statesmen
31 March 2020

Reflecting on comments made by the Prime Minister this week, Reader in Modern British History Dr Robert Saunders wrote for New Statesman. In the piece, Robert reflects on Boris Johnson's comments on society and how this fits with the legacy of former Prime minister Margaret Thatcher. 

You can read the full article on the New Statesman website

Professor Daniel Todman on History Hit
25 March 2020

Head of the School of History and Professor of Modern History Daniel Todman appeared on Dan Snow's History hit podcast this week. Discussing the launch of his new book, Britain's War: A New World, 1942-1947, Dan also compared wartime responses to crises in relation to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19. 

You can listen to the full episode online

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