Conference 2016


British International History Group 28th Annual Conference

8 - 10 September 2016
University of Edinburgh

The Conference

The main work of the conference takes place in panels starting on Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday morning. There will also be a keynote lecture on the Friday evening and a round table on Thursday. The Annual General Meeting will be held during the conference.

The conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh with the conference dinner in the Playfair Library.

University of Edinburgh maps

The University's Old College Quad after refurbishment. © University of Edinburgh


Keynote Address

John Bew 'Realpolitik and the British'

John Bew Reader in History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King's College London, where he runs the Grand Strategy Programme, which aims to bring more history into the foreign affairs debate. In 2015, he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Politics and International Studies. In 2013-14, he was the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy at the John W. Kluge Center at the US Library of Congress and in 2014 he held a Leverhulme Foundation Scholarship.

John began his career at Cambridge University (as College Lecturer in Modern British History) and was formerly co-Director of International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King's. John is a contributing writer at the New Statesman, and has also written for the Times Literary Supplement, American Interest, National Interest, New Republic, Literary Review and Irish Times. His fourth book Realpolitik: A History was published by Oxford University Press in November 2015. His fifth book, Citizen Clem: A Life of Attlee will be published by Quercus in the autumn of 2016. His 2011 book, Castlereagh: Enlightenment, War & Tyranny (Quercus and Oxford University Press, 2009), was the lead review in the Times Literary Supplement, and a book of the year in The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, Sunday Telegraph, Total Politics, and BBC Parliament's Booktalk.

Previous books include a co-written work, Talking to Terrorists: Making Peace in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country (Columbia University Press, 2009), which was named in Foreign Policy magazine's Global Thinkers Book Club and as the best in its category in the journal, Perspectives on Terrorism.

John Bew's page at King's College

John Bew's lecture at Kissinger chair

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