PhD Scholarship: The Cold War in Global Perspectives
Lancaster University’s Department of History invites applications for a PhD in History focused on exploring the Cold War in global perspectives. Particular themes could include post-colonial security issues, such as defence and/or military assistance relations between the superpowers, the former metropoles or other West European countries and African states, conflicts, human rights or peacekeeping. We would particularly welcome applications which avoid a Eurocentric perspective.
The Department of History has a strong and growing reputation for research in this field with three new appointments complementing the thematic expertise of existing staff. The department is launching a new MA in Military and International History in 2019 and are thus growing research communities in this field. You are also likely to benefit from a variety of Cold War-related projects in the department, as well as staff roles on international academic bodies and Marco Wyss’s editorial roles including the International Journal of Military History and Historiography, and the book series ‘New Perspectives on the Cold War’ (Brill).
Please contact Dr Marco Wyss (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your interest in this fully funded PhD.
MA International and Military History
From the rise and fall of great powers to the treatment of non-combatants, from diplomacy and peace-making to strategy and doctrine, and from wars of propaganda to weaponry and intelligence, explore the major themes of international and military history across the world from ancient times to today.
Recent development in geo-politics – from the increasing militarisation of the Asia-Pacific to the military resurgence of Russia – have led to a renaissance in the study of warfare and relations between states, as academics, students, governments, and the general public seek to understand the making and conduct of war and peace on the global stage. At the same time, the field of international history has been transformed, moving away from a western-centric perspective and a focus on high politics to integrate the perspective of the Global South, while also focussing on ‘lesser’ political actors and people. Military History, meanwhile, has grown from its original focus on strategy, battles, and military leaders to incorporate the study of the political, economic, societal, and cultural dimensions of war. These disciplinary developments are embedded in Lancaster's Masters in International and Military History, which draws from the History Department's particular expertise in war and inter-state relations from the ancient world to the present day, in order to explore these themes across time.
Whether you are seeking to develop professional expertise or pursue a research career, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to engage with key debates and advance new arguments, informed by a global perspective and a broad chronological understanding.
- Study the only degree in the UK to combine international and military history at Masters level
- Pursue your interest across a broad chronological range, from the ancient world to the present day
- Gain a truly global perspective, across Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East
- Develop expertise and skills that will enhance your career potential in a range of sectors or prepare you for doctoral research
- Work with scholars expert in the fields of international and military history, and whose teaching is fuelled by the latest research
- Through our guest speaker programme, you can engage with the work of other leading scholars, as well as diplomats, politicians, and military leaders
- Join the History department ranked 6th in the UK overall, and 3rd in the UK for graduate prospects, by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
Dr Marco Wyss FRHistS FHEA
Lecturer in the International History of the Cold War
Department of History
Lancaster LA1 4YT