Dr James Ellison
Reader in International History
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8357Room Number: ArtsTwo 4.07
Since joining QMUL in 1997, I have specialised in the history of international affairs, focusing on alliance politics, conflict and diplomacy after 1945.
I have commented on Britain’s international relations for BBC radio and television, LBC Radio (link is external) and RTS Switzerland (link is external), and for the Times and the Wall Street Journal (link is external). I have written articles for BBC Knowledge magazine and History Today (link is external).
I concentrate on the history of Britain’s relationships with Europe and the United States after 1945 and, more widely, on the history of the Cold War and European integration. I have written two books. The first, Threatening Europe: Britain and the Creation of the European Community, 1955-58 (link is external), asked why the British did not join the European Economic Community at its inception. The second, The United States, Britain and the Transatlantic Crisis: Rising to the Gaullist Challenge, 1963-1968 (link is external), examined how the Americans and the British defended Atlantic partnership, European security and unity in 1960s Cold War Europe. I am now moving on to the post-Cold War era to write about the Anglo-American relationship and the Iraq War.
- Post-1945 international history
- Modern and contemporary American and British foreign policies
- Anglo-American relations
- Britain and European unity
- 'Rethinking Britain and Europe, 1945-73’, in Martina Steber (ed.), Understanding Brexit (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming 2022)
- 'Clinton, Blair and Bush, 1997-2007: the Search for Order’, in Michael Cullinane and Martin Farr (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Presidents and Prime Ministers: from Cleveland and Salisbury to Trump and Johnson, 1895-2020 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2021)
- 'The search for world order and the wars in Kosovo and Iraq', Britain and the World, 14.1 (2021): 69-93.
- Pierson Dixon, 1961-65’ in Rogelia Pastor-Castro and John W. Young (eds), The Paris Embassy: British Ambassadors to France, 1944-1979 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, forthcoming 2013)
- ‘Reconciling the irreconcilable? Britain, the Atlantic Community and European Unity in the 1960s’ in Valerie Aubourg and Giles Scott-Smith (eds), Atlantic, Euratlantic, or Europe-America? The Atlantic Community and the European Idea from Kennedy to Nixon (link is external) (Paris: Soleb, 2011)
- ‘Britain, de Gaulle’s NATO policies and Anglo-French Rivalry, 1963-7’ in Christian Nuenlist, Anna Locher and Garret Martin (eds), Globalizing de Gaulle: International Perspectives on French Foreign Policies, 1958-1969 (link is external) (Langham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010) The Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series
- ‘Sir Harold Caccia, 1959-61’ in Michael Hopkins, Saul Kelly and John W. Young (eds), The Washington Embassy: British Ambassadors to Washington, 1939-77 (link is external) (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 110-130
I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:
- International history
- American foreign policy
- British foreign policy
- Anglo-American relations
- Britain and Europe
- The Cold War
- European unity
Past PhD Students:
- Lindsay Aqui – An exceptional case: Britain and the European Community, from entry to referendum, 1 January 1973 - 6 June 1975
- Alun Evans – Private Office since 1945