Professor Stevenson's main fields of interests lie in international relations in Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; origins, course, and impact of the First World War.
His publications include With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918(Penguin/Harvard University Press, 2011); 1914-1918: the History of the First World War(Penguin Press, 2004) also published by Basic Books (New York) as Cataclysm: the First World War as Political Tragedy; and by Rizzoli (Milan) as La Grande Guerra: una Storia Globale. German edition with Patmos (Düsseldorf, 2006); Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe, 1904-1914 (Oxford University Press, 1996) Paperback edition, 1999; The First World War and International Politics (Oxford University Press, 1988) Paperback edition, 1991; French War Aims against Germany, 1914-1919(Oxford University Press, 1982) (Edited with introduction), Vols 1-8, 17-21, and 3-35 of Europe, 1948-1914, Series F in Part I of British Documents on Foreign Affairs: Reports and Papers from the Foreign Office Confidential Print (University Publications of America: Frederick, Maryland, 1987, 1990, 1991).
Professor David Stevenson newest book 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution is an international history of the year 1917. The book was released by Oxford University Press on 12 October 2017. Itt was chosen as one of Simon Heffer’s outstanding books of the year in 2017 in The Telegraph.
He has recently co-edited and contributed to a book for Oxford University Press: Arms Races in International Politics from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Centuries(2016).
He is the adviser to ‘Europeana 1914-1918 Learning Website’, which so far has had nearly 1.2 million individual visits.
Finally, Professor Stevenson is a Member of the academic advisory committee for the Imperial War Museum’s new First World War Galleries, which opened on 19 July 2014.
Other titles: Research Committee Chair; REF Co-ordinatior
Professor David Stevenson teaches the following courses:
At undergraduate level:
HY116: International History since 1890 (taught jointly with other members of the Department)
HY226: The Great War, 1914-1918 (taught jointly with other members of the Department)
At postgraduate level:
HY400: International History in the Twentieth Century (taught jointly with other members of the Department)
HY411: European Integration in the Twentieth Century (taught jointly with Professor Ludlow)
- French War Aims against Germany, 1914-1919 (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1982)
- The First World War and International Politics (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1988) [paperback edition, 1991; reissued, 1999]
- Editor (with introduction) of Volumes 1-8, 17-21, and 33-35 of Europe, 1848-1914, series F in Part I of K. Bourne and D. Cameron Watt (general editors), British Documents on Foreign Affairs: Reports and Papers from the Foreign Office Confidential Print (University Publications of America: Frederick, Maryland, 1987, 1990, 1991)
- Editor (with introduction) of Volumes 1-12 of The First World War, 1914-1918, series H in Part II of British Documents on Foreign Affairs (University Publications of America: Frederick, Maryland, 1989)
- Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe, 1904-1914 (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1996; paperback edition, 1999)
- The Outbreak of the First World War: 1914 in Perspective (Macmillan: Basingstoke, 1997) (Rights sold in 2008 to Peking University Press for Chinese translation expected to be published in 2010)
- 1914-1918: The History of the First World War (Penguin: London, 2004); North American edition: Cataclysm: the First World War as Political Tragedy (Basic Books: New York, 2004) [both also published in paperback, 2004]. Italian translation: La Grande Guerra: una Storia Globale (Rizzoli: Milano, 2004), also La Prima Guerra Mondiale, vol. 21 of Storia Universale (special edition for La Corriere della Sera, Milano, 2004). German translation: 1914-1918: Der Erste Weltkrieg (Artemis & Winkler, Düsseldorf, 2006). Swiss German edition; Spanish translation 1914-1918: Historia de la Primera Guerra Mundial ‘Debate’, owned by Penguin Random House, Barcelona, 2013. Rights agreed for Croatian edition, with Fraktura, 2013, scheduled for publication, June 2014. Publication with Editora Figura, Brazil, forthcoming.
- (edited with Professor Holger Afflerbach), An Improbable War? The Outbreak of World War I and European Political Culture before 1914 (Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford, 2007). Joint authored introduction (pp. 1-12) and single-authored chapter 7 ‘Was a Peaceful Outcome Thinkable? The European Land Arms Race before 1914’, pp. 130-48
- With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 (Allen Lane: London, May 2011). US edition (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Mass.), September 2011. Rights for Portuguese edition with Ferro e Aço, agreed 2013.
- Arms Races in International Politics: From Nineteenth to Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press: Oxford, January 2016).
- 1917. War, Peace, and Revolution (Oxford University Press: Oxford, October 2017)
Articles, papers, pamphlets, etc
- 'French War Aims and the American Challenge, 1914-1918', The Historical Journal, 22, 4 (1979), 877-894
- 'Belgium, Luxemburg, and the Defence of Western Europe, 1914-1920', The International History Review, 4, 4 (1982), 504-522
- 'The Failure of Peace by Negotiation in 1917', The Historical Journal, 34, 1, (1991), 65-86
- 'The End of History? The British University Experience, 1981-1992', Contemporary Record, 7, 1 (1993), 66-85
- 'French War Aims and Peace Planning', University of California Working Paper 5.19 (University of California: Berkeley, 1994). This paper was given at a conference on 'Versailles: Seventy-Five Years After' at Berkeley in 1994. Now published in The Treaty of Versailles: a Reassessment after Seventy-Five Years, edited by Manfred F. Boemeke, Gerald D. Feldman, and Elisabeth Glaser-Schmidt (German Historical Institute, Washington DC, and Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1998), 87-109
- 'Militarization and Diplomacy in Europe before 1914', International Security, 22, 1 (1997), 125-61
- 'War Aims and Peace Negotiations', in Hew Strachan, ed, The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War (Oxford University Press: Oxford and New York, 1998), 204-215
- 'France and the Paris Peace Conference: Addressing the Dilemmas of Security' in Robert Boyce, ed, French Foreign and Defence Policy, 1918-1940: the Decline and Fall of a Great Power(Routledge: London, 1998), 10-29
- 'War by Timetable? The Railway Race before 1914', Past & Present, 162 (February 1999), 163-194
- ‘The Politics of the Two Alliances’ in Jay Winter, Geoffrey Parker, and Mary R. Habeck, eds, The Great War and the Twentieth Century (Yale University Press: New Haven, 2000), 69-96
- ‘French Strategy on the Western Front, 1914-1918’, in Roger Chickering and Stig Förster, eds, Great War, Total War. Combat and Mobilization on the Western Front, 1914-1918 (German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, and Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2000), 297-326
- ‘France and the German Question in the Era of the First World War', in Stephen A. Schuker, ed, Deutschland und Frankreich vom Konflikt zur Aussöhnung. Die Gestaltung der Westeuropäischen Sicherheit 1914-1963 (Oldenbourg: Munich, 2000), 1-18
- ‘International Relations’, in Julian Jackson, ed, Short Oxford History of Europe: Europe, 1900-1945(Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002), 16-47
- ‘1918 Revisited’, The Journal of Strategic Studies, 28, 1 (2005), 107-39
- ‘Grands noms et construction d’une historiographie: l’affaire Fritz Fischer’, in Jean-Jacques Becker, ed, Histoire culturelle de la Grande Guerre (Armand Colin: Paris, 2005), 71-85
- ‘Britain, France, and the Origins of German Disarmament, 1916-19’, Journal of Strategic Studies, 29, 2 (2006), 195-224
- '”Inter-War” Strategic and Military Planning, 1871-1914: Context and Themes', chapter in Talbot C. Imlay and Monica Duffy Toft, eds, The Fog of Peace and War Planning: Military and Strategic Planning under Uncertainty (Routledge: Abingdon and New York, 2006), pp. 75-99
- ‘Battlefield or Barrier? Rearmament and Military Planning in Belgium, 1902-1914’, International History Review, 29, 3 (2007), 473-507
- ‘From Balkan Conflict to Global Conflict: the Spread of the First World War, 1914-18’, (based on keynote lecture at international conference at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, 2008) Foreign Policy Analysis, 7, 2 (2011), 169-182
- ‘The First World War and European Integration’, The International History Review 34, 4 (2012), 841-863
- ‘Fortifications and the European Military Balance before 1914’, Journal of Strategic Studies, 35, 6 (December 2012), 829-859
- ‘Learning from the Past: The Relevance of International History’, International Affairs, 90, 1 (2014), 5-22
- ‘Diplomats’ in Jay Winter, ed, The Cambridge History of the First World War (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2014), Vol. II, ch. 3, pp. 66-90.
- Stevenson, David (2018) 'Review Essay: Germany’s Fragile Rise', The Journal of Strategic Studies, 41, 1-2 (2018), 326-331.