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BA, PhD (Stirling)


I teach the following modules:
Approaches to History (BA)
German Identities
The Russian Revolutions and the Soviet Union, 1917-1953
Espionage and Oppression in the Cold War World, 1945-1991
Approaches to History (MA)


Teaching and researching


Dissertation Coordinator

Schools liaison



The German Communist Party (KPD) in Saxony, 1924-33: Factionalism, Fratricide and Political Failure (Peter Lang: Bern, 2003), Pp. 399 [IBSN: 3 906768 45 7]

Friendly Enemies: Britain and the German Democratic Republic, 1949-90 (Berghahn, 2010), Pp. 364; ISBN 978-1-84545-697-9 (with Stefan Berger)

Edited Volumes

The Other Germany. Perceptions and Influences in British-East German Relations, 1945-1990 (Wißner, 2005) (with Stefan Berger).

Towards a Comparative History of Coalfield Societies (Ashgate, 2005) (with Stefan Berger and Andy Croll)
Bolshevism, Stalinism and the Comintern. Perspectives on Stalinization, 1917-53 (Basingstoke, 2008) (with Kevin Morgan and Matthew Worley)

State and Minorities in Communist East Germany (Berghahn, 2011) (with Mike Dennis)
Weimar Communism as Mass Movement (Lawrence and Wishart, July 2017) (with Ralf Hoffrogge)

Chapters in Edited Volumes

‘Presenting a Crisis as an Opportunity: The German Communist Party in the “Third Period”’, in Mathew Worley (ed.), In Search of Revolution. International Communist Parties in the Third Period (I B Taurus, 2004), pp. 38-64
‘Official Anti-Communism and What Lay Beneath: The British Trade Unions and the ‘Other’ Germany, 1949-1989’, in: Stefan Berger/Norman LaPorte (eds.) The Other Germany, pp. 141-58.

‘Ein zweiter Kalter Krieg? Die Beziehungen zwischen der DDR und Großbritannien, 1979-1989’, in P. Barker, M.-D. Ohse and D. Tate (eds.), Views from Abroad. Die DDR aus britischer Perspektive (Bertelsmann, 2007), pp. 163-173 (with Stefan Berger)

‘Kings among the subjects’? Ernst Thälmann, Harry Pollitt and the Leadership Cult as Stalinization’, in Norman LaPorte, Kevin Morgan and Matthew Worley (eds.) Stalinisation and Beyond (Palgrave, 2008), pp. 124-145 (with Kevin Morgan)

‘Great Britain: Between Avoiding the Cold War and Supporting Free Trade Unionism’, in I. Goddeeris (ed), Solidarity? Western European Trade Unions and the Polish Crisis 1980-1982 (Lexington Books, 2010), pp. 129-58 (with Stefan Berger)

‘Zwischen ostdautschem Marxismus-Leninismus und dem britischen Weg zum Sozialismus. Die Beziehungen zwischen der SED und der Communist Party of Great Britain (1968-1989), in A. Bauerkämper/Francesco Di Palma (eds.), Bruderparteien jenseits des Eisernen Vorhangs. Die Beziehungen der SED zu den kommunistischen Parteien West- und Südeuropas (1968-1989) (Berlin, 2011), pp.123-46 (with Stefan Berger)

‘Sub-cultures: Punks, Goths and Heavy Metallers’, in M. Dennis/N. LaPorte, State and Minorities in Communist East Germany (Berghahn, 2011), pp.153-69

‘Skinheads and Right Extremism in an Anti-fascist State’, in M. Dennis/N. LaPorte, State and Minorities in Communist East Germany (Berghahn, 2011), pp.170-94

‘Weimar Communism as Mass Movement: An Introduction’, in Weimar Communism as Mass Movement (Lawrence and Wishart, in press 2017) (with Ralf Hoffrogge)

‘The Rise of Ernst Thälmann and the Hamburg Left, 1921-1923’, in Weimar Communism as Mass Movement (Lawrence and Wishart, in press 2017)

‘A Dialogue of Deaf: the Communist Party of Great Britain and Socialist Unity Party (SED) during the Gorbachev Era, 1985-90’, in Francesco Di Palma (ed.), Perestroika and Communist Parties in Europe (1985-1990/91). Reception, Reactions and Consequences (Berghahn, forthcoming 2017/18) (with Stefan Berger)

Journal Articles

‘“Stalinization” and its limits in the Saxon KPD, 1925-8’, European History Quarterly 31 (4) (2001), pp. 549-90
‘“Social Fascism”, “Stalinisation” and the Case of the Saxon Communist Party, 1928-29’, in Labour History Review 67 (1) (2002), pp. 65-81

‘John Peet: An Englishman in the German Democratic Republic’, in History, 89:1 (2004), pp. 49-69 (with Stefan Berger)

‘Britische Parliamentarierkontakte nach Osteuropa 1945-1989. Zwischen fellow travelling und ostpolitischer Erneuerung’, in Archiv für Sozialgeschichte (2005), pp. 3-42 (with Stefan Berger)

‘Ostpolitik before Ostpolitik: The British Labour Party and the German Democratic Republic (GDR), 1955 – 1964’, in European History Quarterly 36:3, 396-420 (2006) (with Stefan Berger)

‘Being Friendly with the ‘other’ Germany: Dorothy Diamond and British Support for the German Democratic Republic, 1949-1961’, in Socialist History 30 (2007), pp.60-81 (with Stefan Berger)

‘Der Rote Frontkämpfer und der militante Gewerkschaftler: Konstruktionen der proletarischen Führerfigur in Deutschland und Großbritannien’, in Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung (March 2008), pp. 69-89 (with Kevin Morgan)

‘Towards a Comparative History of Communism: A Survey of the British and German Communist parties to 1933’, in Contemporary British History, 22:2 (2008), pp. 227-55 (with Matthew Worley)

‘In Search of Antifascism: The British Left’s Response to the German Democratic Republic during the Cold War’, in German History 26:4 (2008), pp. 536-52 (with Stefan Berger)

‘Die Macht des Faktischen: britische Labourabgeordnete und der Mauerbau 1961’, Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung (2011), pp.177-193 (with Stefan Berger)

‘The Labour Party in Wales and the Cold War’, in Llafur 10:4 (2011), pp.58-76 (with Stefan Berger)

‘Learning from the future? Begegnungen deutscher und britischer Gewerkschafter mit Amerika in den Zwanzigerjahren’, in Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung (2012), pp.129-143 (with Kevin Morgan)

‘Isaac Deutscher and the Biographer’s Dilemma’, Journal of Social Movements 51 (2014), pp.5-30

‘Ernst Thälmann: The Making of a German Communist’ (1886-c.1921), in Journal of Social Movements 51 (2014), pp.127-158

‘Between Scylla and Charybdis: END and its Attempt to Overcome the Bipolar World Order in the 1980s’, in Labour History 11 (2016), pp.1-16 (with Stefan Berger)

Review Articles

‘Ernst Thälmann: Man and Myth in New Literature’, in International Newsletter of Communist Studies XX/XXI (2014/15), nos. 27-28, pp.58-72

‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue: Recent Literature in Communist Studies’, in Journal of Social Movements 55 (2016), pp.113-39

Other publications

‘Between Stalin and Hitler: Communists in Inter-War Germany’, in Modern History Review 8 (1) (1996) pp.25-8.

Moscow’s Marionettes or German Militants: Saxony and the Debate on the German Comm¬¬unist Party during the Weimar Republic (University of Wolverhampton, Discussion Paper No. 2, October 2000), Pp.43. ISBN 1 897 618 13 1

‘Communists against the Weimar Republic: New Perspective in the Post-Cold War World’, in History Teaching Review Yearbook 21 (2007), pp.39-49

‘“Life according to the principles of the left”: an interview with Hermann Weber’, in Twentieth Century Communism 1 (2009), pp.187-196

‘The German Communist Party, 1918-33’, in I. Ness (eds.), The Encyclopaedia of Protest and Revolution (Blackwell, 2009)

Translations from German

Peter Huber, ‘The Central Bodies of the Comintern: Stalinization and Changing Social Composition’, in LaPorte, Morgan and Worley (eds), Bolshevism, Stalinism and the Comintern. Perspectives on Stalinization, 1917-53 (Basingstoke, 2008), pp.66-88

R. Tosstorff, ‘The syndicalist encounter with Bolshevism’, in Anarchist Studies, 17:2 (2009), pp. 12-28.

R. Tosstorff, ‘Alexander Losovsky: Sketch of a Bolshevik Career’, in Socialist History 34 (2009), pp.1-19

R. Tosstorff, ‘The Syndicalists and the Bolshevik Revolution’, in Socialist History 37 (2010), pp.48-55

Andreas Wirsching, ‘Violence as Discourse? For a “linguistic turn” in communist history’, in Twentieth Century Communism 2 (2010), pp.12-39

Andreas Stergiou, ‘The Socialist Unity Party of Germany’s bizarre relationship with the Greek Communist Party in the period 1968-1989’, in Twentieth Century Communism 2 (2010), pp.114-30

Membership of Editorial Boards

Jahrbuch Historische Kommunismusforschung (Berlin), 2006-present

Co-founding editor of Twentieth Century Communism: a journal of international history (Lawrence and Wishart) 2009-present

Editorships and Guest Editorships of Special Issues

Biography and the Political Uses of Memory, Socialist History 34 (2009), ‘Editorial’, pp. i-v (with Stephen Hopkins)

Syndicalism, in Anarchist Studies 17:2 (2009), ‘Guest Editorial’, pp.6-11 (with Paul Chambers)

Cold War Wales, Llafur (Journal of Welsh People’s History), 10:4 (2011), ‘Introduction: Cold War Wales’, pp.2-4

‘Local Communisms’, Twentieth Century Communism, 5 (2013), ‘Local communisms within a global movement’, pp.7-20

‘Lives on the Left’, Journal of Social Movements 51 (2014), (Introduction) ‘Isaac Deutscher and the Biographer’s Dilemma’, (an 11,000 word introduction contextualising the articles in the special issue)

Series co-editor of ‘Studies in Communism’ (Lawrence and Wishart), which (so-far) represents three edited volumes associated with the journal Twentieth Century Communism

Book Reviews

I’ve reviewed for a range of journals and specialised communist studies newsletters, notably History, English Historical Review; H-Soz-u-Kult (on-line); Labour History Review; Communist History Network Newsletter (online); Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, London; International Newsletter of Communist Studies.


International Advisory Board (Beirat) of Jahrbuch fuer Historische Kommunismusforschung.
Co-editor of Twentieth Century Communism.


My research interests include:

Communism in Germany and comparative communism

Relations between Britain and the German Democratic Republic, 1949-90 (with Stefan Berger)

The Cold War

Areas of Expertise

Communist studies

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