It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of International History Blog. In recent years, the importance of social media in disseminating research and expertise has increased and the Department is pleased to be part of this modern approach to academic research and excellence. This Blog combines historical analysis with contemporary affairs. It provides students and staff from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, across the LSE, with a platform that allows them to engage with a broader audience as well as an opportunity to apply their historical research and perspective to current affairs.
Historical research and insight has been notably lacking in the formulation of UK policy-making, a concern highlighted by the current government and others before it. This emphasis on history will only increase in the coming years as both policy-makers and decision-makers look for fresh perspectives and answers to ongoing challenges. Whether it is the economic crisis, the rise of China; armed conflict in the Middle East, Ukraine or famine and conflict in Africa, this Blog encourages the application of history to major issues of local and international affairs. I hope readers find the Blog useful and indeed contribute to the discussions and analyses that it generates.
Professor Janet Hartley
Head of Department