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Qualifications

BA, PhD (Stirling)

About

I teach the following modules:
Approaches to History (BA)
The Russian Revolutions and the Soviet Union, 1917-1953
Espionage and Oppression in the Cold War World, 1945-1991
Approaches to History (MA)
I’m also Head of the Research Unit in History

Responsibilities

Head of theHistory Research Unit

Publications

Select Publications
Monographs

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) (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 (with Kevin Morgan and Matthew Worley)

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.

‘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.

‘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.

‘Between East German Marxism-Leninism and the British Road to Soc¬¬ialism: Relations between the SED and CPGB, 1968-89’, in A. Bauerkämper (ed.), SED und Westkontakte (Philo: Berlin, in press)

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 vol. 36, no. 3 (forthcoming: autumn 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 (forthcoming: autumn, 2006) (with Stefan Berger)

‘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)

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

‘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’ [The Power of Realism: British Labour MPs and the Building of the Berlin Wall in 1916], Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung (2011) (with Stefan Berger), pp.177-193

‘The Labour Party in Wales and the Cold War’, in Llafur (Special Issue), (October 2011), pp.58-76.

Memberships

Socialist History

Consultancy

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

Research

My research interests include:

Communism in Germany and comparative communisms
Relations between Britain and the German Democratic Republic, 1949-90 (with Stefan Berger)
The Cold War

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