Professor Richard Vinen
Professor of History
+44 (0)20 7848 2051
Department of History
King’s College London
London WC2R 2LS
Research interests and PhD supervision
Richard Vinen is a Professor in History. Prior to joining the department in 1991, he was a Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge and lecturer at Queen Mary College.
20th century French history
Richard Vinen specialises in twentieth century history. His current research is on Modern Britain He published Thatcher’s Britain (Simon and Schuster, 2009) and is currently working on a study of military service in post-war Britain. Previously he has worked mainly on twentieth century France and produced a number of publications on Vichy, the fourth republic and the Algerian War. These researches culminated in the publication of The Unfree French: Life under the Occupation (Penguin, 2006) which looks at the consequences of the French army’s defeat in 1940 through the daily lives of those caught up in the horrors of war. He has also written a general book on twentieth century Europe, A History in Fragments: Europe in the Twentieth Century (Little Brown, 2000).
Professor Vinen would particularly welcome applications from research students interested in working on topics relating to:
Twentieth Century France, specifically Vichy France (1940-1944) and the Fourth Republic (1944-1958)
The Algerian war of 1954-1962
The pan-European protest movement of 1968
The social and political aspects of British history throughout the period since the Second World War, particularly Thatcher and Thatcher’s Britain
For more details, please see his full research profile
Bourgeois Politics in France, 1945-1951 (C.U.P., 1995)
France 1934-1970 (Macmillan, 1996)
A History in Fragments, Europe in the Twentieth Century (Little Brown, 2000 also published in Spanish and Italian).
The Unfree French. Life under Occupation (Penguin, 2006)
Thatcher’s Britain (Simon and Schuster, 2009).
For a complete list of publications, please see Richard's full research profile
Expertise and public engagement
4AAH1006 Europe from 1793-1991
5AAH2011 The French Civil War, 1934-1970
7AAH3005 English Exceptions since 1918
Richard Vinen has written essays, reviews and opinion pieces for The TLS, The London Review of Books, The Independent, The Boston Globe, The Financial Times, The New York Times and the Nation.
He has appeared on radio and television - frequently talking on contemporary British politics.
He has written introductions to novels by Georges Simenon and programme notes for a London musical. He was, very briefly, academic advisor to those compiling The Sun’s History of the world