Dr Patrick Finney BA University of Leeds PhD University of Leeds

Dr Patrick Finney

Reader in International History

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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 and Chair of the British International History Group. 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.



PhD Supervision
Collective memory, especially in relation to the Second World War
Critical historiography in international history
Inter-war international history and the origins of the Second World War
International history and politics of South Eastern Europe
Historical theory, especially the work of Hayden White


I am an historian of international relations, with particular reference to the inter-war period & 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 including the AHRC & the British Academy. I have a long track record of PhD supervision & welcome inquiries from prospective students wishing to work on topics within any of the areas described above.



Finney, P. 2017. Remembering the Second World War. Remembering the Modern World: History in our Midst Taylor & Francis Cadair

Finney, P. 2017. Introduction. In P. Finney. (ed) Remembering the Second World War. Remembering the Modern World: History in our Midst 1st edn, Taylor & Francis pp. 1-8. Cadair

Finney, P. 2017. Isaac Fadoyebo's Journey: Remembering the British Empire's Second World War. In P. Finney. (ed) Remembering the Second World War. Remembering the Modern World: History in our Midst 1st edn, Taylor & Francis pp. 71-88. Cadair

Finney, P. 2017. Politics and Technologies of Authenticity: the Second World War at the Close of Living Memory. Rethinking History 21 (2) pp. 154-170. 10.1080/13642529.2017.1315967 Cadair

Finney, P. 2017. Authenticity. Rethinking History 21 (2) pp. 131-309. Other Cadair

Finney, P. 2017. Introduction. Rethinking History 21 (2) pp. 131-134. 10.1080/13642529.2017.1315966 Cadair

Finney, P.B. 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. Cadair

Finney, P. 2017. Report on 28th Annual Conference of the British International History Group 2016. Other Cadair

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 Cadair


Finney, P. 2015. Roundtable on International History. Cadair


Finney, P.B. 2014. The Ubiquitous Presence of the Past? Collective Memory and International History. International History Review 36 (3) pp. 443-472. 10.1080/07075332.2013.828646 Cadair


Guillaume, L.A., Finney, P.B. 2013. 'It is a terrible thing to condemn even a terrible man': Vasily Grossman on judging perpetrators. Journal of European Studies 43 (4) pp. 344-356. 10.1177/0047244113501749 Cadair

Finney, P.B. 2013. Introduction. Journal of European Studies 43 (4) pp. 277-282. 10.1177/0047244113501746 Cadair

Finney, P. 2013. Teaching the Cultural Turn. Cadair

Finney, P.B. 2013. Vasily Grossman and the Myths of the Great Patriotic War. Journal of European Studies 43 (4) pp. 312-328. 10.1177/0047244113501747 Cadair

Finney, P. 2013. Vasily Grossman: Ruthless Truth in the Totalitarian Century. Journal of European Studies 43 (4) Other Cadair

Finney, P.B. 2013. Keith Jenkins and the Heroic Age of British Postmodern Theory. Rethinking History 17 (2) pp. 172-190. 10.1080/13642529.2013.778123 Cadair


Finney, P. 2011. D-Day 2004: Passing the Torch to History? In K. Hall., K. N. 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. Cadair


Finney, P.B. 2010. Remembering the Road to World War Two: International History, National Identity, Collective Memory. Taylor & Francis Other Cadair

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. Cadair


Finney, P. 2009. Bridging Multiple Divides in IR Theory: Confronting Terrorism, International History, Culture and the War on Terror. International Relations 23 (1) pp. 75-83. 10.1177/0047117808100612 Cadair


Finney, P. 2008. International History. Other Cadair

Finney, P.B. 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. 1st edn, Springer Nature pp. 97-116. Cadair

Finney, P. 2008. Hayden White, international history and questions too seldom posed. Rethinking History 12 (1) pp. 103-123. 10.1080/13642520701838926 Cadair


Finney, P. 2007. Finding the Führer Bunker. Rethinking History 11 (2) pp. 287-291. 10.1080/13642520701270526 Other Cadair


Finney, P. 2006. The Diplomatic Temptation. Cultural and Social History 3 (4) pp. 472-481. Cadair


Finney, P. 2005. Who speaks for history? Rethinking History 9 (4) pp. 503-519. 10.1080/13642520500308162 Other Cadair

Finney, P. 2005. What is International History? Palgrave Advances in International History. Springer Nature pp. 1-35. Cadair Other

Finney, P. 2005. Book Review: Beyond the Postmodern Moment? Journal of Contemporary History 40 (1) pp. 149-165. 10.1177/0022009405049271 Cadair


Finney, P. 2004. Palgrave Advances in International History. Springer Nature, London Cadair


Finney, P. 2003. Raising Frankenstein: Great Britain, 'Balkanism' and the Search for a Balkanlocarno in the 1920s. European History Quarterly 33 (3) pp. 317-342. 10.1177/02656914030333002 Cadair

Finney, P. 2003. The Macedonian Question in the 1920s and the Politics of History. In K. S. Brown., Y. Hamilakis. (eds) The Usable Past: Greek Metahistories. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham pp. 87-103. Cadair


Finney, P. 2002. On Memory, Identity and War. Rethinking History 6 (1) pp. 1-13. 10.1080/13642520110112092 Other Cadair

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. Veröffentlichungen des Collegium Carolinum De Gruyter, Munich pp. 315-334. Cadair

Finney, P. 2002. Memory, Identity and War in South Eastern Europe. Rethinking History 6 (1) Other Cadair


Finney, P. 2001. Still 'Marking Time'? Text, Discourse and Truth in International History. Review of International Studies 27 (3) pp. 291-308. 10.1017/S0260210501002919 Cadair


Finney, P. 2000. The romance of decline: the historiography of appeasement and British national identity. Electronic Journal of International History Other Cadair


Finney, P. 1999. 1939 After Sixty Years. Cadair


Finney, P. 1998. Ethics, Historical Relativism and Holocaust Denial. Rethinking History 2 (3) pp. 359-369. 10.1080/13642529809408972 Cadair


Finney, P. 1997. The Origins of the Second World War. Arnold Readers in History Bloomsbury Publishing, London Cadair

Finney, P. 1997. Greece, the great powers and the Politis???Kalfoff minorities protocol of 1924. Diplomacy and Statecraft 8 (1) pp. 20-48. 10.1080/09592299708406029 Other Cadair

Finney, P. 1997. International history, theory and the origins of the second world war. Rethinking History 1 (3) pp. 357-379. 10.1080/13642529708596324 Other Cadair


Finney, P.B. 1995. 'An Evil for All Concerned': Great Britain and Minority Protection after 1919. Journal of Contemporary History 30 (3) pp. 533-551. 10.1177/002200949503000308 Other Cadair

Finney, P. 1995. Eastern Europe between the Wars. Cadair