N. Piers Ludlow
Professor Ludlow studied for his undergraduate degree at Trinity College, Oxford before moving on to St Antony's College Oxford to study for his D.Phil. He was then a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford until he joined LSE in 1998.
Professor Ludlow’s main research interests lie in the history of Western Europe since 1945, in particular the historical roots of the integration process and the development of the EU. He recently completed a monograph looking in some detail at Roy Jenkins’ presidency of the European Commission, which was published by Palgrave in April 2016. He also works on the Cold War, and in particular West-West relations during the East-West struggle. In the medium term he plans to write a detailed study of the development of transatlantic relations during the Cold War – and in particular of the way in which the Americans sought to balance their bilateral and multilateral dealings with their Western European allies, and the way in which the European allies jostled for the ear of the Americans. A first taste of this research appeared in his Journal of Cold War Studies article in 2013. But the initial research priority will be a book assessing and analyzing Britain’s 40 plus years as member of the European Community/Union – from beginning until 2016. This will hopefully add depth and perspective to the current debate about Brexit and allow a clearer appreciation of how membership affected both the UK itself and the EC/EU more widely – and hence how both will be altered by the imminent end of this membership.
Professor Piers Ludlow teaches the following courses:
At undergraduate level:
At Master's level:
- HY411: European Integration in the Twentieth Century (taught jointly with other faculty members)
Professor Piers Ludlow has written three books: Dealing with Britain: The Six and the First UK Membership Application (Cambridge University Press, 1997) The European Community and the Crises of the 1960s: Negotiating the Gaullist Challenge (Routledge: 2006) and Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976-1980: At the Heart of Europe (Palgrave, 2016), and (jointly) edited six more, Les administrations nationales et la construction européenne: une approche historique (1919-1975) (Peter Lang, 2005); European Integration and the Cold War: Ostpolitik-Westpolitik, 1965-1973 (Routledge, 2007); Europe and the End of the Cold War: A Reappraisal (Routledge, 2008); Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945-1990 (Berghahn, 2012), The European Commission 1973-1986. History and Memories of an institution (Luxembourg: Publication Office of the EU, 2014) and The European Commission, 1986-2000: History and Memories of an Institution (Publications Office of the EU, 2019).
Other recent publications include:
- ‘A Double-Edged Victory: Fontainebleau and the Resolution of the British Budget Problem, 1983-84’ in M. Gehler (ed.), Reshaping Europe: Towards a Political, Economic and Monetary Union, 1984-1989 (Nomos, 2020)
- 'Solidarity, Sanctions and Misunderstanding: The European Dimension of the Falklands Crisis', The International History Review, Online publication: 16 July 2020
- ‘The Commission and Institutional Change’, ‘The Commission and the Council of Ministers’, ‘The Commission and the European Parliament’, ‘The Fight Against Fraud’, ‘The Budgetary Revolution’, ‘The Northern Irish PEACE Programme’, ‘Subsidiarity: the emergence of a new term’, ‘The Commission and the World: Introduction’, ‘Profile of Delors’ in Vincent Dujardin, Éric Bussière, Piers Ludlow, Federico Romero, Dieter Schlenker and Antonio Varsori (eds.), The European Commission, 1986-2000: History and Memories of an Institution (Publications Office of the EU, 2019).
- ‘Commercial Preferences: Economics and Britain’s European Choices’ in D. Thackeray & R. Toye (eds.), Imagining Britain’s Economic Future, c.1800-1975 (Palgrave, 2018)
- ‘More than just a Single Market: European Integration, Peace and Security in the 1980s’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19(1), 2017;
- ‘Conclusions’ in H. Ikonomou, A. Andry & R. Byberg (eds.), European Enlargement across Rounds and Beyond Borders (Routledge, 2017);
- ‘Not A Wholly New Europe: How the integration framework shaped the end of the Cold War in Europe’ in M. Sarotte, F. Bozo & A. Roedder (eds.), German Reunification. A Multinational History (Routledge, 2017);
- ‘Roy Jenkins and the Importance of Top-Level Politics’ in K. Dyson & I. Maes (eds.), The Architects of the Euro (OUP, 2016);
- ‘Necessary but not automatic: how Europe learned to integrate’ in D.H. Levine & D.Nagar (eds.), Region-Building in Africa. Political and Economic Challenges (Palgrave, 2016);
- ‘Safeguarding British identity or betraying it? The role of British “tradition” in the Parliamentary Great Debate on EC membership, October 1971’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 53/1 January 2015;
- ‘Jacques Delors (1985-1995): navigating the European stream at full flow’ in J. van der Harst and G. Voerman (eds.), An Impossible Job? The Presidents of the European Commission, 1958-2014 (John Harper, 2015);
- ‘The New Cold War and the Expansion of the EC – A Nexus?’ in J. Laursen (ed) The Institutions and Dynamics of the European Community, 1973-83 (Nomos, 2015);
- ‘Creating the expectation of a collective response: The impact of summitry on transatlantic relations’ in F. Romero and E. Mourlon-Druol (eds), International Summitry and Global Governance: the Rise of the European Council and the G7 (Routledge, 2014);
- ‘The Real Years of Europe: US-West European Relations during the Ford Administration’, Journal of Cold War Studies, 15/3 Summer 2013
- The European Commission 1986-2000: History and Memories of an Institution (2019) [co-edited]
- Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976-1980: At the Heart of Europe (2016)
- The European Commission 1973-1986. History and Memories of an Institution (2014) [co-edited]
- Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945-1990 (2012) [co-edited]
- Europe and the End of the Cold War: A Reappraisal (2008) [co-edited]
- European Integration and the Cold War: Ostpolitik-Westpolitik, 1965-1973 (2007) [co-edited]
- The European Community and the Crises of the 1960s: Negotiating the Gaullist Challenge (2006)
- Les administrations nationales et la construction européenne: une approche historique (1919-1975) (2005) [co-edited]
- Dealing with Britain: The Six and the First UK Membership Application (1997)