School of History

Dr Andrew Whitehead

Honorary Professor in the School of History



I spent thirty-five years in BBC News, working variously as a news correspondent, programme and documentary maker and radio presenter;  I was the Editor of BBC World Service News when I took early retirement in the spring of 2015. Seven years working in India prompted my interest in using personal testimony to look again at the genesis of the Kashmir conflict, and the resulting book was the basis of a PhD by published works awarded by the University of Warwick.

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Research Interests:

My principal research interest is in the modern history of Kashmir, which has extended into working on a biography of Freda Bedi (1911-77), an English woman who became active in leftist and nationalist movements in India, including Kashmir, before taking ordination as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. I also pursue a long-standing research interest in London - notably the radical politics of the city, its representations in fiction and the built environment of north London where I live.


On Kashmir:

On London:

On political radicals:

  • ‘God gave the land to the people: The Liberal land song’, Journal of Liberal History, 76, 2012, pp.26-33
  • ‘Red London: radicals and socialists in late-Victorian Clerkenwell’, Socialist History, 18, 2000, pp.1-31
  • ‘Dan Chatterton and his “Atheistic Communistic Scorcher”’, History Workshop Journal, 25, 1988, pp.85-99
  • ‘Notes on the Labour Press: the New World and the O’Brienite colony in Kansas’, Bulletin of the Society for the Study of Labour History, 53/3, 1988, pp.40-3
  • ‘”Against the Tyranny of Kings and Princes”: radicalism in Workers in the Dawn’Gissing Newsletter, 22/4, 1986, pp.13-28
  • ‘”Quorum Pars Fui”: the autobiography of H.H. Champion’ [documentary essay], Bulletin of the Society for the Study of Labour History, 47, 1983, pp.17-35
  • Edited and wrote introduction and postscript to J.W. RounsfellOn the Road: journeys of a tramping printer, Caliban, 1982

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