Anthony Adamthwaite

Professor Emeritus


Ph.D., University of Leeds

B.A., University of Durham

Other advanced studies: London School of Economics; the Sorbonne

Research Interests

International history; twentieth century Europe


France and the Coming of the Second World War, 1936-1939, London: Frank Cass, 1977

The Making of the Second World War,  London: Allen and Unwin 1977

The Lost Peace: International Relations in Europe, 1918-1939, London: Edward Arnold, 1980

British Documents on Foreign Affairs: Western Europe 1918-1939, (ed) 15 vols., Washington, DC: University Publications of America,  1993.

Grandeur and Misery: France's Bid for Power in Europe, 1914-1940,  London: Arnold, 1995

Britain, France and Europe, 1945-1975: The Elusive Alliance, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Articles, Chapters in Books

‘The British Government and the media, 1937-1938’, Journal of Contemporary History, 18, 2, 1983, pp.281-297

‘France and the Coming of War’, in W.J.Mommsen and L.Kettenacher, eds., The Fascist Challenge and the Policy of Appeasement, London: Allen and Unwin 1983, pp.246-256

‘War Origins Again’, Journal of Modern History, 56, 1, 1984, 100-115

‘Nation shall speak peace unto nation’: The BBC’s response to peace and defence issues 1945-1958, Contemporary Record, 7,3, 1993, 557-577

"La recherche francaise et la reinvention de l'histoire diplomatique", Revue d'histoire diplomatique, 4, 2005, pp.343-360

‘The times they are a-changing’: reflections on the crisis of personal and collective identities in twentieth century Europe , Persona Y Derecha, 56, 2007, 19-34.

France and the internationalization of the Spanish Civil War: a reassessment,  Actas Del Congreso Internacional, Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales, Madrid 2008

‘Historians at War’, in The Origins of the Second World War: An International Perspective, ed. Frank McDonough, London: Continuum 2011, pp.507-524

‘A low dishonest decade’? War and Peace in the 1930s, The Oxford Handbook of European History 1914-1945, ed., Nicholas Doumanis, Oxford, OUP 2016, pp.207-222

Selling Marianne: France’s cultural diplomacy, 1945-1969, in Cultural Exchange and the  Transformation of Modern Diplomacy, ed., Eiko Kuwana, Tokyo 2017


Organized international conference "Mars vs.Venus: America, Europe and the Future of the West", April 2006, hosted by IES and IIS.

Keynote address " The Spanish Civil War- ideological battleground of a European civil war?", international conference "Democractic powers and the Right in interwar Europe", University of Salford UK, June 2006

"The internationalization of the Spanish Civil War", paper for the seventieth anniversary international conference, Madrid, November 2006

 Keynote lecture, "Twentieth Century Change and Modern Identities", Symposium , University of Navarra, Pamplona, 9 May 2007