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Dr Martin D. Brown

Associate Dean for Research; Associate Professor of International History

Dr Martin D. Brown

Dr Martin D. Brown

Dr Brown holds a Ph.D. in International History from the University of Surrey, and a M. A. in central and eastern European studies from the School Of Slavonic and East European Studies (S.S.E.E.S.) at the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (F.R.Hist.S.), a member of the New Diplomatic History Network and Chatham House.

He travelled to Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand , in the summer of 2012 to take up a position as the second Novara visiting scholar.

His last book was a co-edited collection of essays written by distinguished central European historians on the history of Slovakia for Cambridge University Press.

Faculty Research

Slovakia in History, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, [Co-editor with Professors Mikuláš Teich (Cambridge) and Dušan Kovác (Bratislava)], Cambridge, 2011.

Jak se jedná s demokraty. Britské ministerstvo zahranicí a ceskoslovenská emigrace ve Velké Británii, 1939-1945, Pavel Dobrovský – Beta, Prague, 2008.

Dealing with Democrats. The British Foreign Office’s relations with the Czechoslovak émigrés in Great Britain, 1939-1945, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 2006.

‘Stanowisko Foreign Office wobec rzadów i komitetów na uchodzstwie w Wielkiej Brytanii podczas drugiej wojny swiatowej’[ The Foreign Office’s attitude towards the Governments and Committees in Exile in Great Britain during the Second World War], in Radek Zurawski vel Grajewski (ed.), Rzady bez ziemi. Struktury wladzy na uchodzstwie [Governments without Territory. Structures of Power in Exile], Wydawnictwo DiG, Warszawa, 2014, pp. 329-48.

‘Je „Transfer” pouhým eufemismem pro „ethickou cistku”?: Koreny pojmu a vývoj anglicky psané debaty o odsunu sudetských Nemcu z Ceskoslovenska’, in Václav Houžvicka (ed.), Odsun Nemcu z Ceskoslovenska 65 let poté , EKR, Brno, 2013, pp. 28-45.

‘A very British vision of Détente: The United Kingdom’s foreign policy during the Helsinki process, 1969–1975’, in Frédéric Bozo, Marie-Pierre Rey, N. Piers Ludlow and Bernd Rother(eds.), Overcoming the Iron Curtain: Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945–1990, Berghahn books,Oxford,pp. 139-56.

„Desperackie lekarstwo”. Brytyjskie Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych, Wenzel Jaksch i „kwestia sudetoniemiecka” (pazdziernik 1938 – grudzien 1945)’ [‘“A desperate remedy”: The British Foreign Office, Wenzel Jaksch and the ‘Sudeten German question’, 1938 to 1945’], Przeglad Zachodni [Western Review], vol. 327, no. 2 (2008), 45-70.

‘Setting Europe ablaze? : The Special Operations Executive’s (SOE) attempts to foster resistance in Central Europe and its relations with the Czechoslovak Government-in-exile, 1940-1945’, in Martin Rady and Péter László (eds.) Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution in Hungary and Central Europe: Commemorating 1956, UCL SSEES, London, 2008, pp. 145-158.

‘A Munich Winter or a Prague Spring? The evolution of British policy towards the Sudeten Germans from October 1938 to September 1939’, in H. H. Hahn (ed.), Hundert Jahre sudetendeutsche Geschichte. Eine völkische Bewegung in drei Staaten, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 2007, pp.257-273.

„Nigdy nie narzekaj, nigdy nie wyjasniaj”. Wplyw Foreign Office na ksztaltowanie stosunków brytyjsko-polsko-czechoslowackich w latach 1939-1945’ [‘ “Never complain, never explain”. The Foreign Office’s influence on the formation of British policy with regard to Anglo-Polish-Czechoslovak relations in exile, 1939-1945’], in P. Blažk, P. Jaworski, L. Kaminski (eds.), Miedzy przymusowa przyjaznia a prawdziwa solidarnoscia: Czesi – Polacy – Slowacy, 1938/39 – 1945 – 1989 , vol. 1 [Between compulsory friendship and true solidarity: Czechs – Poles – Slovaks], Institute of National Memory, Warsaw, 2007, pp. 101-109.

‘Forcible population transfers – A flawed legacy or an unavoidable necessity in protracted ethnic conflicts? The case of the Sudeten Germans’, in J. Black (ed.), The Second Wold War, vol. 2, The German War, 1943-1945, Ashcroft, Aldershot, 2007, pp. 377-383.

I teach on:
Certificate in British Studies
Minor in European Studies
BA Degree – Film Studies
BA Degree – History
BA Degree – International Relations
MA – International Relations

Some of the courses I teach:
INR 4105 – Evolution of International Systems
HST 5110 – Nationalism And Conflict
INR 6410 – Diplomatic Studies
HST 6205 – Pictures Of Power: Hist, Image
HST 6215 – History and Film

Research Clusters:
The Study of the State, Power and Globalisation

Research Interest & Expertise:
The primary focus of Dr Brown’s recent research is European diplomatic history. He is currently studying British foreign policy during the era of Détente leading up to the Helsinki Final Act of 1975, as well as the period more generally. He is also interested in international discourses surrounding the forcible removal of the Sudeten Germans from Czechoslovakia after 1945, film, and the influence of the Cold War on historiography.