Kristina Spohr

Kristina Spohr

Research Interest

Biography

Dr Spohr is a specialist in the International History of Germany since 1945 and interested in the theory and practice of Contemporary History. She is now researching and writing on the global exit from the Cold War 1989-1992 - with the financial support of The Leverhulme Trust.

She is author of The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order (Oxford University Press, 2016) and its extended German edition Helmut Schmidt: Der Weltkanzler (Theiss, 2016) as well as lead-author of a co-edited volume Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-1990 (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Her previous books include Germany and the Baltic problem after the Cold War: The Development of a New Ostpolitik, 1989-2000 (London: Routledge, 2004; paperback 2013); Building Sustainable and Effective Capabilities: A Systemic Comparison of Professional and Conscript Forces (IOS Press, 2004 - as editor and contributor); Journal of Contemporary History Special Issue: At the Crossroads of Past and Present — ‘Contemporary’ History and the Historical Discipline (London: Sage – vol. 46, 3 (2011 - as co-editor and contributor).

Dr Spohr gained her B.A. (1997) from the University of East Anglia - with a year abroad at Sciences Po, Paris - where she read European Studies, Economics, French. She then moved to Cambridge University where she completed her M.Phil. in Historical Studies (1998) and Ph.D. in History (2000) at Peterhouse. In 2001 she worked as a Research Fellow in the Secretary General’s Private Office at NATO headquarters in Brussels. She was a Junior Research Fellow in History at Christ's College, Cambridge (2001-4), before joining the LSE in 2004.

In 2003 she was the recipient of a €30,000 NATO grant (NATO Science Programme/NATO Public Diplomacy Division). In 2008 she was awarded grants amounting to £16,100 by the German Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Journal of Contemporary History. In 2014 she won a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant and awards by LSE HEIF5, CRASSH, and the Cambridge University Mellon Fund amounting altogether to £21,000. In 2016, she was awarded a one-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

Courses

Dr Kristina Spohr usually teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY116: International History since 1890 (taught jointly with other members of the Department)

HY320: The Cold War Endgame, 1975-1991

At postgraduate level:

HY432: From Cold Warriors to Peacemakers: The End of the Cold War Era, 1979-1997

Publications

Dr Kristina Spohr's published books include:

• The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order (Oxford: OUP,  2016);

• Helmut Schmidt: Der Weltkanzler (Theiss, 2016)

• (as co-editor and contributor) Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-1990 (Oxford University Press, 2016)

• Germany and the Baltic problem after the Cold War: The Development of a New Ostpolitik, 1989-2000 (London: Routledge, 2004; paperback 2013);

• (as co-editor and contributor) JCH Special Issue: At the Crossroads of Past and Present — ‘Contemporary’ History and the Historical Discipline (London: Sage – vol. 46, 3, 2011);

• (as editor and contributor) Building Sustainable and Effective Capabilities: A Systemic Comparison of Professional and Conscript Forces (IOS Press, 2004)

Dr Spohr has written numerous scholarly articles, including:

• 'Germany, America and the shaping of post-Cold War Europe’Cold War History 15, 2 (2015);

• 'Helmut Schmidt and the shaping of Western security in the late 1970s: The Guadeloupe Summit of 1979'International History Review, 37, 1 (2015);

• 'Die deutsch-amerikanische Sicherheitspolitik in der Phase der Wiedervereinigung 1989/90 - or: A story of German International Emancipation through Political Unification'Historisch-Politische Mitteilungen Heft [Archiv für Christlich-Demokratische Politik] 21/2014;

• 'Precluded or precedent-setting?: the "NATO enlargement question" in the triangular Bonn-Washington-Moscow diplomacy of 1990/1991'Journal of Cold War Studies, 14, 4 (2012);

• 'Conflict and cooperation in intra-alliance nuclear politics: Western Europe, America and the genesis of Nato's dual-track decision, 1977-1979',  Journal of Cold War Studies, 13, 2 (2011);

• 'Contemporary History in Europe: From mastering national pasts to the future of writing the World'Journal of Contemporary History 46, 3 (2011);

• 'Speaking truth to power: Contemporary History in the twenty-first century'Journal of Contemporary History 46, 3 (2011);

• ‘Germany and the politics of the neutron bomb, 1975-1979’Diplomacy & Statecraft, 21, 2 (2010);

• 'The Baltic Question in West German politics, 1949-1990'Journal of Baltic Studies 39, 2 (2007);

• 'National interests and the power of "language": West German diplomacy and the Conference on security and cooperation in Europe, 1972-1975'Journal of Strategic Studies29, 6 (2006);

• 'Between political rhetoric and realpolitik calculations: Western diplomacy and Baltic struggle for independence in the Cold War endgame'Cold War History 6, 1 (2006);

• (with Ryan Hendrickson) 'From the Baltic to the Black sea: Bush's NATO enlargement', White House Studies 4, 3 (2004);

• 'Naton laajentuminen 2002: "Kuka" ja "kuinka"?', Ulkopolitiikka 4 (2001)['Nato enlargement 2002: "Who" and "how"?', Journal of Foreign Affairs by the Finnish Institute of Intl. Affairs]

• 'German Unification: Between official history, academic scholarship, and political memoirs'Historical Journal 43, 3 (2000);

She has also contributed chapters to a number of edited volumes by:

• Leopoldo Nuti et al. (eds), The Euromissile Crisis and the End of the Cold War (Stanford University Press, 2015); 

• John Hiden, Vahur Made, David Smith (eds), The Baltic Question during the Cold War [Cold War History series] (Routledge, 2008; paperback 2009);

• Miriam Dobson and Benjamin Ziemann (eds), Reading Primary Sources: The Interpretation of Texts from Modern History [Routledge Guides to Historical Sources] (Routledge, 2008);

• Frederic Bozo et al. (eds), Europe and the End of the Cold War: A Reappraisal (Routledge, 2008);

• Robert Gerwarth (ed.), Twisted Paths: Europe, 1914-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2007; paperback 2008).

• Theresa Hitchens and Tomas Valasek (eds), Growing pains: the debate on the next round of Nato enlargement (CDI, 2002)

In preparation for her a co-edited volume Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-1990 (OUP, 2016), she was awarded together with Prof. David Reynolds of Cambridge University a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant and funding by HEIF5, CRASSH, and the Cambridge University Mellon Fund of overall £21,000 to co-host a conference on the book-draft in Cambridge (22-23 September 2014) and a practitioners' seminar at the FCO in London (24 September 2014). 

In 2008 she was awarded grants amounting to £16,100 by the German Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Journal of Contemporary History for a Joint LSE-King's College London conference entitled: 'At the Crossroads of Past and Present: "Contemporary" History and the Historical Discipline' (22-23 May 2009), which she organised with Prof. Jan Palmowski

She was the recipient of a €30,000 NATO grant in the summer of 2003 for an Advanced Research Workshop (NATO Science Programme/NATO Public Diplomacy Division), 'A Systemic Comparison of Professional and Conscript Forces', in December 2003 in Bratislava, Slovakia.