Antony Best

Antony Best

Research Interest



Dr Best studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds before moving to London where he studied for his PhD at the London School of Economics. He joined the LSE as a Lecturer in 1989.

Dr Best's main fields of research interests lie in Anglo-Japanese relations, the origins of the Pacific War; the international history of East Asia; the history of modern Japan, and intelligence and International history.


Dr Best usually teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

At postgraduate level:

Watch Dr Antony Best talk about his courses, how they are structured and how students can benefit from taking them in order to better understand the world we live in today.


Dr Antony Best's publications include:

He has also edited the following volumes:

Dr Best is a co-author of International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond(Routledge, 2004) [co-written with J. Hanhimaki, J. Maiolo and K.E. Schulze, 3rd edition, 2016].

Current research: The main focus of his current research is a monograph which will deal with the role of race and monarchy in the shaping of the course of Anglo-Japanese relations in the period from 1854 to 1975. The book will study the way in which Japan was perceived by various groups in Britain such as the royal court, the political parties, the media, industrialists, the financial community, the labour movement and the church, and investigate to what degree domestic politics and perceptions influenced policy towards Japan.

Listen to Dr Best presenting a paper on Japan and the Cold War: An Overview from 2009).