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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Profile

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

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Lecturer

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

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

The Cultural Turn and Beyond in International HistoryFinney, P. B. (ed.), Aires Oliveira, P. (ed.) & Cardoso Reis, B. (ed.) 2018 In : International History Review.
Narratives and Bodies: Culture Beyond the Cultural TurnFinney, P. B. 2018 In : International History Review.
EditorialFinney, P. & Pihlainen, K. 2018 In : Rethinking History.22, 1, p. 1-22 p.
'Can We At Last Move On?' Contemporary Remembering of the Second World WarFinney, P. 2017 Начало Второй мировой войны: национальные историографические традиции и историческая память. . Zemtsov, V. (ed.). Ekaterinburg: Ural State Pedagogical University Press, p. 192-1998 p.
Remembering the Second World WarFinney, P. (ed.) 2017 Taylor & Francis. 280 p. (Remembering the Modern World: History in our Midst)
IntroductionFinney, P. 2017 Remembering the Second World War. Finney, P. (ed.). 1 ed.Taylor & Francis, p. 1-88 p. (Remembering the Modern World: History in our Midst)
Isaac Fadoyebo's Journey: Remembering the British Empire's Second World WarFinney, P. 2017 Remembering the Second World War. Finney, P. (ed.). 1 ed.Taylor & Francis, p. 71-8818 p. (Remembering the Modern World: History in our Midst)
Politics and Technologies of Authenticity: the Second World War at the Close of Living MemoryFinney, P. 2017 In : Rethinking History.21, 2, p. 154-17017 p.
AuthenticityFinney, P. (ed.) 2017 In : Rethinking History.21, 2, p. 131-309
IntroductionFinney, P. 2017 In : Rethinking History.21, 2, p. 131-1344 p.
Anglo-American International History after the Cultural TurnFinney, P. B. 2017 Internationale Geschichte in Theorie und Praxis/International History in Theory and Practice. Haider-Wilson, B., Mueller, W. & Godsey, W. (eds.). Vienna: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, p. 231-252 (Internationale Geschichte/International History; vol. 4)
Report on 28th Annual Conference of the British International History Group 2016Finney, P. 2017 British International History Group Newsletter, 22, p. 2-32 p.
Roundtable on International HistoryFinney, P. 2015 British International History Group Newsletter, 21, p. 31 p.
The Ubiquitous Presence of the Past? Collective Memory and International HistoryFinney, P. B. 2014 In : International History Review.36, 3, p. 443-47230 p.
'It is a terrible thing to condemn even a terrible man': Vasily Grossman on judging perpetratorsGuillaume, L. A. & Finney, P. B. 2013 In : Journal of European Studies.43, 4, p. 344-35623 p.
IntroductionFinney, P. B. 2013 In : Journal of European Studies.43, 4, p. 277-282
Teaching the Cultural TurnFinney, P. 2013 British International History Group Newsletter, 19, p. 10-134 p.
Vasily Grossman and the Myths of the Great Patriotic WarFinney, P. B. 2013 In : Journal of European Studies.43, 4, p. 312-328
Vasily Grossman: Ruthless Truth in the Totalitarian CenturyFinney, P. (ed.) 2013 In : Journal of European Studies.43, 4
Keith Jenkins and the Heroic Age of British Postmodern TheoryFinney, P. B. 2013 In : Rethinking History.17, 2, p. 172-190
D-Day 2004: Passing the Torch to History?Finney, P. 2011 Constructions of Conflict : Transmitting Memories of the Past in European Historiography, Culture and Media. Hall, K. & Jones, K. N. (eds.). Peter Lang, p. 223-24018 p. (Cultural History and Literary Imagination)
Remembering the Road to World War Two: International History, National Identity, Collective MemoryFinney, P. B. 2010 Taylor & Francis. 329 p.
Land of Ghosts? Memories of War in the BalkansFinney, P. 2010 The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare. Kassimeris, G. & Buckley, J. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 343-36321 p. (Ashgate Research Companions)
Bridging Multiple Divides in IR Theory: Confronting Terrorism, International History, Culture and the War on TerrorFinney, P. 2009 In : International Relations.23, 1, p. 75-839 p.
International HistoryFinney, P. 2008
The Stories of Defeated Aggressors: International History, National Identity, and Collective Memory after 1945Finney, P. B. 2008 Defeat and Memory: Cultural Histories of Military Defeat in the Modern Era. Macleod, J. (ed.). 1 ed.Springer Nature, p. 97-11620 p.
Hayden White, international history and questions too seldom posedFinney, P. 2008 In : Rethinking History.12, 1, p. 103-12321 p.
Finding the Führer BunkerFinney, P. 2007 In : Rethinking History.11, 2, p. 287-29115 p.
The Diplomatic TemptationFinney, P. 2006 In : Cultural and Social History.3, 4, p. 472-48110 p.
Who speaks for history?Finney, P. 2005 In : Rethinking History.9, 4, p. 503-51917 p.
What is International History?Finney, P. 2005 Palgrave Advances in International History.Springer Nature, p. 1-3535 p.
Book Review: Beyond the Postmodern Moment?Finney, P. 2005 In : Journal of Contemporary History.40, 1, p. 149-16517 p.
Palgrave Advances in International HistoryFinney, P. 2004 London: Springer Nature. 224 p.
Raising Frankenstein: Great Britain, 'Balkanism' and the Search for a Balkanlocarno in the 1920sFinney, P. 2003 In : European History Quarterly.33, 3, p. 317-34226 p.
The Macedonian Question in the 1920s and the Politics of HistoryFinney, P. 2003 The Usable Past: Greek Metahistories. Brown, K. S. & Hamilakis, Y. (eds.). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, p. 87-10327 p.
On Memory, Identity and WarFinney, P. 2002 In : Rethinking History.6, 1, p. 1-1313 p.
”And I will tell you who you are”: Historiographies of Munich and the Negotiation of National IdentityFinney, P. 2002 Mythos München: Le Mythe de Munich/ The Myth of Munich. Taubert, F. (ed.). Munich: De Gruyter, Vol. 98, p. 315-33420 p. (Veröffentlichungen des Collegium Carolinum)
Memory, Identity and War in South Eastern EuropeFinney, P. (ed.) 2002 In : Rethinking History.6, 1
Still 'Marking Time'? Text, Discourse and Truth in International HistoryFinney, P. 2001 In : Review of International Studies.27, 3, p. 291-30818 p.
The romance of decline: the historiography of appeasement and British national identityFinney, P. 2000 In : Electronic Journal of International History.14 p.
1939 After Sixty YearsFinney, P. 1999 Historian, 63, p. 16-216 p.
Ethics, Historical Relativism and Holocaust DenialFinney, P. 1998 In : Rethinking History.2, 3, p. 359-36911 p.
International history, theory and the origins of the second world warFinney, P. 1997 In : Rethinking History.1, 3, p. 357-37923 p.
The Origins of the Second World WarFinney, P. 1997 London: Bloomsbury Publishing. 480 p. (Arnold Readers in History)
Greece, the great powers and the Politis???Kalfoff minorities protocol of 1924Finney, P. 1997 In : Diplomacy and Statecraft.8, 1, p. 20-4829 p.
'An Evil for All Concerned': Great Britain and Minority Protection after 1919Finney, P. B. 1995 In : Journal of Contemporary History.30, 3, p. 533-55119 p.
Eastern Europe between the WarsFinney, P. 1995 20th Century History Review, 7, 2, p. 28-314 p.