About British International History

The BIHG is governed by an elected committee of historians at various career stages and co-opted members from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK National Archives. It sponsors an annual thesis prize named in honour of Professor Mike Dockrill and offers career and research support for PGRs and ECRs. At its annual conference, it holds roundtables which explore disciplinary and interdisciplinary innovations. The BIHG also invites leading scholars as keynote speakers to consider new approaches to the study of the past and the relevance of international history to contemporary global concerns.

Past events

2019: University of Lancaster

31st Annual Conference - 30 August - 1 September 2017
Keynote Speaker: Professor Kathleen Burk, (Emeritus Professor, UCL) ‘Lubricating Diplomacy: The Uses of Wine’
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2018: University of Exeter

30th Annual Conference - 30 August - 1 September 2017
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Jessica Reinisch ‘The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration’’
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2017: University of Keele

29th Annual Conference - 7 - 9 September 2017
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Richard Vinen ‘The Long 68’
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2016: University of Edinburgh

28th Annual Conference - 8 - 10 September 2016
Keynote Speaker: John Bew 'Realpolitik and the British'
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2015: University of Kent

27th Annual Conference - 10 - 12 September 2015
Keynote Speaker: Dr James Ellison (QMUL) 'Failed Intelligence? The Origins of the Iraq War'
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2014: London School of Economics and Political Science

26th Annual Conference - 4 - 6 September 2014
Keynote Speaker: Professor Steven Casey, (LSE) ‘Propaganda, casualties and domestic support for war: The US experience in the twentieth century’
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2013: University of Bristol

25th Annual Conference - 5 - 7 September 2013
Keynote Speaker: Professor Geoffrey Roberts, ‘Memoirs and the Historian: Writing the Biography of Marshal Georgy Zhukov’
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2012: University of De Montfort

24th Annual Conference - 6 - 8 September 2012
Keynote Speaker: Professor Geoff Berridge, University of Leicester: ‘Diplomacy and Journalism in the Victorian era: Charles Dickens, the Roving Englishman and the “white gloved cousinocracy”’
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2011: University of Strathclyde

23rd Annual Conference - 8 - 10 September 2011
Keynote Speaker: Professor Andrew Williams, University of St Andrews, ‘Waiting for Monsieur Bergson: Nicholas Murray Butler and the French Sage’
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2010: University of Oxford

22nd Annual Conference - 9 - 11 September 2010
St Antony's College
Keynote Speaker: Professor David Stevenson, London School of Economics, ‘European Integration and Disintegration, 1900-1919’ Download the Programme

2009: University of Salford

21st Annual Conference - 3 - 5 September 2009
Keynote Speaker: John Keiger 'France’s Readiness for War in 1914'
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2008: University of Salford

A One Day Conference - ‘Facing the Dictators: The Neville Chamberlain Premiership, 1937-1940’.
Wednesday 5th March 2008
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2007: University of Liverpool

19th Annual Conference - 6 - 8 September 2007 
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Glyn Stone 'The much maligned Neville Chamberlain: British Foreign Policy in the late 1930s'
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2006: University of Greenwich

18th Annual Conference - 7 - 9 September 2006
Keynote Speaker: John Charmley 'Britain and the Levant: Victorian Visions'
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2005: University of Bolton

29 June to 30 June
Keynote Lecture: Professor Paul Preston (London School of Economics)‘The Spanish Conflict 1936-39: A Battlefield in the European Civil War’
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2004: University of East Anglia

16th Annual Conference - 9 - 11 September 2004
Keynote Speaker: MacGregor Knox 'Fascist Italy faces the Final Solution.'
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2003: University of Nottingham

15th Annual Conference - 11 - 13 September 2017
Keynote Speaker: Mick Cox 'E.H. Carr and the Versailles Conference, 1919'
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2002: University of Dundee

14th Annual Conference - 12 - 14 September 2002
Keynote Speaker: Peter Hennessy 'British Intelligence History: The State of Play and Future Play.'
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2001: University of Canterbury

13th Annual Conference - 13 - 15 September 2001
Keynote Speaker: Richard Overy 'Operation Barbarossa: Sixty Years After.'
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2000: University of Aberystwyth

12th Annual Conference - 14 - 16 September 2000
Keynote Speaker: Richard Langhorne 'Principals, Principles and Representation: An Evolutionary Approach.'
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1999: University of Worcester

11th Annual Conference - 9 - 11 September 1999
Keynote Speaker: Donald Cameron Watt 'The Proper Study'
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1998: University of Leicester

10th Annual Conference - 10 - 12 September 1998
Keynote Speaker: Donald Cameron Watt 'International History: Language, Concepts and Reality.'
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1997: University of Ulster

9th Annual Conference - 11 - 13 September 1997
Keynote Speaker: Keith Klye 'The Aftermath of Suez.'
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1996: University of Exeter

6th Annual Conference - 19 - 21 September 1996
Keynote Speaker: Warren F. Kimball, 'Observations on Historical Agency: Churchill, Roosevelt and the Political Wars.'
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1995: University of Southampton

7th Annual Conference - 21 - 13 September 1995
Keynote Speaker: John Gooch, 'The Diplomacy of Strategic Partnership: The Grand Alliance in World War Two.'
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Patrick Finney
Aberystwyth University
Colin McDowall
University of Glasgow



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