World War II

Bomber Command, and Coming to Terms with Uncomfortable History

In this post, Malcolm Cavanagh looks at the legacy of RAF Bomber Command from the Second World War. He argues that Bomber Command’s role in the war is one of the most controversial aspects of Allied strategy, but that reckoning with it is important for public discourses on how modern wars should be waged. 


Across the street from LSE’s Clement House, […]

January 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

From Anschluss to VE-Day 2020: Britain’s Changing Attitudes Towards Austria

In the 1930s, a period fraught with diplomatic tension and uncertainty, the Chamberlain government was unwilling to go to bat to protect Austria from Nazi encroachment. However, from within the British Legation in Vienna, dissenting voices emerged who argued that Britain should take a stronger stance to safeguard Austrian interests. Reflecting upon Dominic Raab’s VE Day address to Austria, […]

The Second-Last Sunday Every September: Remembering South Africa’s Fallen Soldiers

In this article, LSE PhD student Rishika Yadav elaborates on her experience at a memorial service for the Cape Corps, which she attended while on a trip to South Africa, and contemplates on the space of non-White soldiers in First and Second World War remembrance ceremonies.


As Remembrance Sunday has drawn to a close, I reflect on my own experience […]

November 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Japan’s “Inherent” Territory and the Enigma of Malleable Words

It was a change announced in silence. On 30 January 2019, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō broke a long-lasting tradition of Japanese diplomacy: when asked about the government position on the so-called ‘Northern Territories’, the three islands (Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan) and one group of islets (Habomai) under Russian rule off eastern Hokkaido that Japan has claimed to be theirs […]

August 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

A brief history of chemical warfare: from Sparta to Syria

William King gives a historical overview of chemical warfare. 

The assassination of Kim Jong-nam with VX on 13 February and the recurrent use of Sarin against civilians in the Syrian conflict have thrust chemical warfare agents back in the international spotlight. What are these agents, and where did they originally come from? How does their recent use fit within the […]

April 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Broadening the concept of the Holocaust

In this post for LSE International History, Dr Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz provides an “untold” story of the history of the Holocaust and Nazi concentration camps, one based on the personal experiences of his grandfather at the diverse and “very last Nazi Concentration Camp of Stutthof.” Dr Dunin-Wąsowicz argues for a broadened and nuanced approach to the concept of the Holocaust.

Three weeks ago, […]