ACADEMIC YEAR 2011-12

26 January

Mercenaries and Idealists: The French Foreign Legion 1914-1926

Dr Christian Koller (University of Bangor)

Dr Christian Koller joined the School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology at Bangor in September 2007. His award-winning PhD thesis was completed in 1998 and published in 2001. In 2003 Koller earned his Habilitation. Between 1997 and 2007 he held several research, teaching and managerial posts at the universities of Zurich and Bern and also worked as a grammar school teacher, historical advisor for a law firm, and political campaigner. Koller has widely published on various topics of modern European and global history and participated in several international research networks. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 2010.

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115

29 March

The Irish 'strategic elite' in the Austrian Habsburg Imperial War Council during the eighteenth century

Dr Declan M. Downey (University College Dublin)

Declan M. Downey, Ph.D. (Cantab.), lectures in Modern European and Asian History at University College Dublin. He has a specialist research interest in Irish émigrés in Habsburg Europe (1600-1800), and he has published extensively on this subject for which he has been recognized with national and international honours, distinctions and awards. On 4 December 2009, he was elected to membership of the Spanish Royal Academy of History. He is the first Irish citizen to be elected to this 276 year-old institution. In 2002-2003, he was the historical advisor to the Exhibition The Wild Geese in Austria. Irish Soldiers and Civilians in the Habsburg Service, 1618-1918. This was jointly hosted by the National Museum of Ireland and by the Military History Museum in Vienna. His most recent co-edited book, Spanish-Irish Relations through the Ages, (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2008), sold out within the first six months of publication.

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K114

12 April

The Indian Army and the Challenge of Peace, 1919-1922

Dr Nick Lloyd (King's College)

Dr Nick Lloyd is Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department and specialises in British military and imperial history in the era of the Great War. He joined King’s College London in 2006 and was initially based at the RAF College in Cranwell, Lincolnshire. He had taught previously in the Department of Modern History, University of Birmingham, where he was the founding editor of the Journal of the Centre for First World War Studies. In December 2008 he was awarded a British Academy Research Grant to conduct primary research on Sir Evan Meredith Jenkins, the last British Governor of the Punjab. This project examined the themes of partition and communal unrest in 1946-7 and the declining influence of the Indian Civil Service in the final days of empire.

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115

26 April

Bolshevism and the British Fleet, 1917 - 1920

Dr Laura Rowe (University of Exeter)

Dr Laura Rowe was appointed as a Lecturer in Naval History at the University of Exeter in September 2009, has been a member of the International Society for First World War Studies since 2003, and in 2009 was Chair of the organising committee of their Fifth bi-annual conference, held at the Imperial War Museum, London. Her primary research interest focuses on the First World War and on the Royal Navy in particular, looking primarily at the relationship between the Navy as a military institution and the society from which it was drawn. She also has a wider interest European naval history in the same period, and the cultural and social history of war.

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115

23 Sept

Red and White Terrors in Hungary, 1919-1920

Dr Béla Bodó (Missouri State University)

Dr. Béla Bodó was born in Hungary, and received his Ph. D. from York University, Canada, in 1997. His articles have appeared in Yad Vashem Studies, Journal of Contemporary History, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, East Central Europe/L’ Europe du Centre-Est, Austrian History Yearbook, Hungarian Studies Review, Journal of Family History and Eastern European Quarterly. His book, Tiszazug: Social History of a Murder Epidemic, was published by Columbia University Press: Eastern European Monographs, in 2002. Dr. Bodó teaches modern European history at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, USA.

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115

29 Sept

Military Aid to the Civil Power or 'A Moral Effect from a Military Point of View': British Approaches to Internal Security, 1919-47

Dr Robert Johnson (Oxford University)

Dr Robert Johnson is a lecturer in the History of War at the University of Oxford. He received his PhD from the University of Exeter University in 1999. His research interests are the History of War and Military and Naval History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century, with particular interest in the First World War, the Indian Army and the 'Sideshows'; Wars in Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and South West Asia; Conventional operations, strategy, tactical developments, guerrilla and revolutionary warfare, intelligence and counter-insurgency.  

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115

6 October

War and sport in an Irish country town during the First World War

Dr Paul Rouse (University College Dublin)

Dr Paul Rouse main research interest lies in Irish social and cultural history in the nineteenth and twentieth century, particularly the history of sport. He is the Director of the GAA Oral History Project and has written extensively about the history of the GAA. In 2009 Paul co-authored the book The GAA: A People's History. Cork: Collins Press. and is the author of  Pride and Passion: Camogie in Offaly, Tullamore: Brosna Press (2009). He is also a former reporter with Prime Time Investigates in UCD. 

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115

20 October

From Russian to Polish to Soviet: Vilnius in two World Wars

Professor Theodore Weeks (Southern Illinois University)

Prof. Theodore R. Weeks earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and came to Southern Illinois University in 1993. His research interests are on nationality and ethnicity, in particular in the context of East- Central Europe.  He is the author of Nation and State in Late Imperial Russia: Nationalism and Russification on Russia’s Western Frontier 1863-1914 (1996) and From Assimilation to Antisemitism: The "Jewish Question" in Poland, 1850 – 1914 (2003).  He is presently working on a history of Vilnius, Lithuania's present-day capital, as a multi-ethnic city from 1795 to 2000.

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115

10 November

Astronauts and POWs: Grassroots Activism and Support for the Vietnam War

Dr Sandra Scanlon (University College Dublin)

Dr Sandra Scanlon received her doctorate from Cambridge University and is currently a lecturer in American history in the UCD School of History and Archives. Sandra’s research focuses on American political culture and its relationship with US foreign policy during the Cold War. In particular, her research considers the extent to which conservative activists succeeded in utilizing American national identity and popular understanding of American exceptionalism to promote support for the Vietnam War and to challenge detente and Realpolitik in US foreign policy. 

She is currently completing a monograph provisionally titled ‘The Pro-War Movement: Vietnam and the Making of Modern American Conservatism.’ Her article on this subject, ‘The Conservative Lobby and Nixon’s “Peace with Honor” in Vietnam,’ was published by the Journal of American Studies in August 2009. Sandra is also interested in transatlantic relations during the Cold War and recently co-edited a collection of essays, Reform and Renewal: Transatlantic Relations during the 1960s and 1970s (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). 

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115

1 December

US Foreign Policy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Dr Vincent Durac (University College Dublin)

Dr Vincent Durac is a lecturer at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. He teaches on Politics of Development; Middle East Politics; the International Politics of the Middle East; and Political Islam. His research is focused on a number of aspects of contemporary Middle East Politics, including political reform, the role of civil society, and the impact of external actors in the region. He is a visiting lecturer in Middle East Politics in Bethlehem University in Palestine and is External Examiner on the International Relations programme at the University of Plymouth.

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115