Dr Patrick Finney

BA University of Leeds PhD University of Leeds

Dr Patrick Finney

Reader in International History

Institute Director of UnderGraduate Studies

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I have a BA in International History and Politics and a PhD in International History from the University of Leeds, and joined the Department in September 2002. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Chair of the British International History Group and Editor of the journal Rethinking History. In 2012-2013 I was a Visiting Fellow at St Peter's College, Oxford. My research interests range widely across twentieth century international history, 'collective memory', and theory and method in historical writing. My last monograph offered a reading of the historiography of the origins of the Second World War as a discourse of collective memory, and I am currently completing a book on the global collective memory of that conflict since the end of the Cold War for Oxford University Press. My teaching interests include Second World War collective memory, the League of Nations and the inter-war years, and cultural approaches to international history. I have previously served as the Department's Director of Research and Deputy Head and as its Director of Undergraduate Studies. I am currently Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Institute of Geography, History, Politics and Psychology.

Teaching

Research

I am an historian of international relations, with particular reference to the inter-war period and to historiographical/conceptual issues. I am also an historian of collective memory, especially in relation to the Second World War.

I have published widely on the international history of the 1920s & the origins of the Second World War, & I am currently developing a collaborative project on the League of Nations & the Balkans in the 1920s. Having written extensively on the intersections between international history & critical theory, I have also become a recognized authority on 'culturalist' international history. My 2010 monograph - Remembering the Road to World War Two - on the relationship between international history, national identity & collective memory in the historiography of the origins of the Second World War was my single largest statement to date in this field.

The other key strand in my research relates to the thematic of collective memory, especially in relation to the Second World War. I am completing a monograph entitled How the Second World War Still Shapes Our Lives for Oxford University Press, a panoramic, transnational, global history of the collective memory of the Second World War since the end of the Cold War.

Concurrently , I have been developing a new project, exploring the problematic of 'authenticity' in contemporary cultural memory of the Second World War. I have been building an international collaborative network to develop this project, not least through work on preliminary edited collections, including an edited book Remembering the Second World War for the Routledge series 'Remembering the Modern World' and a journal theme issue, both of which appeared in 2017.

I have received research funding from numerous bodies includin

Responsibilities

Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Institute of Geography, History, Politics and Psychology

Publications

Finney, P 1997, The Origins of the Second World War. Arnold Readers in History, Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Finney, P 1997, 'Greece, the great powers and the Politis???Kalfoff minorities protocol of 1924' Diplomacy and Statecraft, vol 8, no. 1, pp. 20-48. DOI: 10.1080/09592299708406029
Finney, PB 1995, ''An Evil for All Concerned': Great Britain and Minority Protection after 1919' Journal of Contemporary History, vol 30, no. 3, pp. 533-551. DOI: 10.1177/002200949503000308
Finney, P 1995, 'Eastern Europe between the Wars', pp. 28-31, 20th Century History Review, 7 2.
Finney, P 2009, 'Bridging Multiple Divides in IR Theory: Confronting Terrorism, International History, Culture and the War on Terror' International Relations, vol 23, no. 1, pp. 75-83. DOI: 10.1177/0047117808100612
Finney, P, International History, 2008, Web publication/site, Institute of Historical Research, Making History: The Changing Face of the Profession in Britain.
Finney, PB 2008, The Stories of Defeated Aggressors: International History, National Identity, and Collective Memory after 1945. in J Macleod (ed.), Defeat and Memory: Cultural Histories of Military Defeat in the Modern Era. 1 edn, Springer Nature, pp. 97-116.
Finney, P 2008, 'Hayden White, international history and questions too seldom posed' Rethinking History, vol 12, no. 1, pp. 103-123. DOI: 10.1080/13642520701838926
Finney, P 2007, 'Finding the Führer Bunker' Rethinking History, vol 11, no. 2, pp. 287-291. DOI: 10.1080/13642520701270526
Finney, P 2006, 'The Diplomatic Temptation' Cultural and Social History, vol 3, no. 4, pp. 472-481.
Finney, P 2005, 'Who speaks for history?' Rethinking History, vol 9, no. 4, pp. 503-519. DOI: 10.1080/13642520500308162
Finney, P 2005, What is International History? in Palgrave Advances in International History. Springer Nature, pp. 1-35.
Finney, P 2005, 'Book Review: Beyond the Postmodern Moment?' Journal of Contemporary History, vol 40, no. 1, pp. 149-165. DOI: 10.1177/0022009405049271
Finney, P 2004, Palgrave Advances in International History. Springer Nature, London.
Finney, P 2003, 'Raising Frankenstein: Great Britain, 'Balkanism' and the Search for a Balkanlocarno in the 1920s' European History Quarterly, vol 33, no. 3, pp. 317-342. DOI: 10.1177/02656914030333002
Finney, P 2003, The Macedonian Question in the 1920s and the Politics of History. in KS Brown & Y Hamilakis (eds), The Usable Past: Greek Metahistories. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, pp. 87-103.
Finney, P 2002, 'On Memory, Identity and War' Rethinking History, vol 6, no. 1, pp. 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/13642520110112092
Finney, P 2002, ”And I will tell you who you are”: Historiographies of Munich and the Negotiation of National Identity. in F Taubert (ed.), Mythos München: Le Mythe de Munich/ The Myth of Munich. vol. 98, Veröffentlichungen des Collegium Carolinum, De Gruyter, Munich, pp. 315-334.
Finney, P (ed.) 2002, 'Memory, Identity and War in South Eastern Europe' Rethinking History, vol 6, no. 1.
Finney, P 2001, 'Still 'Marking Time'? Text, Discourse and Truth in International History' Review of International Studies, vol 27, no. 3, pp. 291-308. DOI: 10.1017/S0260210501002919
Finney, P 2000, 'The romance of decline: the historiography of appeasement and British national identity' Electronic Journal of International History.
Finney, P 1999, '1939 After Sixty Years', pp. 16-21, Historian, 63 31 August.
Finney, P 1998, 'Ethics, Historical Relativism and Holocaust Denial' Rethinking History, vol 2, no. 3, pp. 359-369. DOI: 10.1080/13642529809408972
Finney, P 1997, 'International history, theory and the origins of the second world war' Rethinking History, vol 1, no. 3, pp. 357-379. DOI: 10.1080/13642529708596324
Finney, P 2017, 'Review of Greg Burgess, The League of Nations and the Refugees from Nazi Germany: James G McDonald and Hitler’s Victims, London: Bloomsbury, 2016' Journal of Contemporary History.
Finney, P (ed.) 2017, Remembering the Second World War. Remembering the Modern World: History in our Midst, Taylor & Francis.
Finney, P 2017, Introduction. in P Finney (ed.), Remembering the Second World War. 1 edn, Remembering the Modern World: History in our Midst, Taylor & Francis, pp. 1-8.
Finney, P 2017, Isaac Fadoyebo's Journey: Remembering the British Empire's Second World War. in P Finney (ed.), Remembering the Second World War. 1 edn, Remembering the Modern World: History in our Midst, Taylor & Francis, pp. 71-88.
Finney, P 2017, 'Politics and Technologies of Authenticity: the Second World War at the Close of Living Memory' Rethinking History, vol 21, no. 2, pp. 154-170. DOI: 10.1080/13642529.2017.1315967
Finney, P (ed.) 2017, 'Authenticity' Rethinking History, vol 21, no. 2, pp. 131-309.
Finney, P 2017, 'Introduction' Rethinking History, vol 21, no. 2, pp. 131-134. DOI: 10.1080/13642529.2017.1315966
Finney, PB 2017, Anglo-American International History after the Cultural Turn. in B Haider-Wilson, W Mueller & W Godsey (eds), Internationale Geschichte in Theorie und Praxis/International History in Theory and Practice. Internationale Geschichte/International History, vol. 4, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, pp. 231-252.
Finney, P 2017, 'Report on 28th Annual Conference of the British International History Group 2016', pp. 2-3, British International History Group Newsletter, 22 15 January.
Finney, P 2015, 'Roundtable on International History', pp. 3, British International History Group Newsletter, 21.
Finney, PB 2014, 'The Ubiquitous Presence of the Past? Collective Memory and International History' International History Review, vol 36, no. 3, pp. 443-472. DOI: 10.1080/07075332.2013.828646
Guillaume, LA & Finney, PB 2013, ''It is a terrible thing to condemn even a terrible man': Vasily Grossman on judging perpetrators' Journal of European Studies, vol 43, no. 4, pp. 344-356. DOI: 10.1177/0047244113501749
Finney, PB 2013, 'Introduction' Journal of European Studies, vol 43, no. 4, pp. 277-282. DOI: 10.1177/0047244113501746
Finney, P 2013, 'Teaching the Cultural Turn', pp. 10-13, British International History Group Newsletter, 19 01 December.
Finney, PB 2013, 'Vasily Grossman and the Myths of the Great Patriotic War' Journal of European Studies, vol 43, no. 4, pp. 312-328. DOI: 10.1177/0047244113501747
Finney, P (ed.) 2013, 'Vasily Grossman: Ruthless Truth in the Totalitarian Century' Journal of European Studies, vol 43, no. 4.
Finney, PB 2013, 'Keith Jenkins and the Heroic Age of British Postmodern Theory' Rethinking History, vol 17, no. 2, pp. 172-190. DOI: 10.1080/13642529.2013.778123
Finney, P 2011, D-Day 2004: Passing the Torch to History? in K Hall & KN Jones (eds), Constructions of Conflict : Transmitting Memories of the Past in European Historiography, Culture and Media. Cultural History and Literary Imagination, Peter Lang, pp. 223-240.
Finney, PB 2010, Remembering the Road to World War Two: International History, National Identity, Collective Memory. Taylor & Francis.
Finney, P 2010, Land of Ghosts? Memories of War in the Balkans. in G Kassimeris & J Buckley (eds), The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare. Ashgate Research Companions, Taylor & Francis, pp. 343-363.