Dr Patrick Finney BA University of Leeds PhD University of Leeds
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.
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.
Remembering the Second World War. Remembering the Modern World: History in our Midst Taylor & Francis Cadair2017.
Introduction. In (ed) Remembering the Second World War. Remembering the Modern World: History in our Midst 1st edn, Taylor & Francis pp. 1-8. Cadair2017.
Isaac Fadoyebo's Journey: Remembering the British Empire's Second World War. In (ed) Remembering the Second World War. Remembering the Modern World: History in our Midst 1st edn, Taylor & Francis pp. 71-88. Cadair2017.
Anglo-American International History after the Cultural Turn. In (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. Cadair2017.
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 Cadair2017.
Roundtable on International History. Cadair2015.
Teaching the Cultural Turn. Cadair2013.
D-Day 2004: Passing the Torch to History? In (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. Cadair2011.
Land of Ghosts? Memories of War in the Balkans. In (eds) The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare. Ashgate Research Companions Taylor & Francis pp. 343-363. Cadair2010.
The Stories of Defeated Aggressors: International History, National Identity, and Collective Memory after 1945. In (ed) Defeat and Memory: Cultural Histories of Military Defeat in the Modern Era. 1st edn, Springer Nature pp. 97-116. Cadair2008.
The Diplomatic Temptation. Cultural and Social History 3 (4) pp. 472-481. Cadair2006.
Palgrave Advances in International History. Springer Nature, London Cadair2004.
The Macedonian Question in the 1920s and the Politics of History. In (eds) The Usable Past: Greek Metahistories. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham pp. 87-103. Cadair2003.
”And I will tell you who you are”: Historiographies of Munich and the Negotiation of National Identity. In (ed) Mythos München: Le Mythe de Munich/ The Myth of Munich. Veröffentlichungen des Collegium Carolinum De Gruyter, Munich pp. 315-334. Cadair2002.
1939 After Sixty Years. Cadair1999.
The Origins of the Second World War. Arnold Readers in History Bloomsbury Publishing, London Cadair1997.