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Sue Onslow

Sue Onslow

  • Teaching fellows

Teaching Fellow

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security
  • History

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Dr Sue Onslow is a teaching fellow specializing in Africa (particularly South Africa and Zimbabwe), colonies and colonization, emigration and immigration; British foreign policy and decolonisation; and the  modern Commonwealth. She is a leading oral history practitioner, and has published extensively on Southern Africa in the Cold War era.

She has taught at the London School of Economics and is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she has just completed the major AHRC oral history project on the History of the Modern Commonwealth since 1965. ( ) Past AHRC projects include ‘Why Did You Fight? Narratives of the Rhodesian War c.1970-1980’ for which she was lead PI and interviewer between 2008- 2010. 

Research Interests

  • British colonial rule on sub-Saharan Africa
  • Processes of European decolonisation, African nationalism and liberation movements
  • British political history and foreign policy post-1945
  • Contemporary History of Southern Africa
  • The modern Commonwealth (1965-2012)

Publications include

With Christopher Saunders, ‘The Cold War in Southern Africa 1975-1990’, in Westad, OA and Leffler, M, The Cambridge History of the Cold War, Volume III (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Editor and contributor, Cold War in Southern Africa: White Power, Black Liberation (Routledge, 2009)

‘The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Media Space and the End of the Cold War in Southern Africa’ in Kalinovsky, A and Radchenko, S (eds) : The End of the Cold War in The Third World (Routledge, 2010);

Co-editor (with Anna-Mart Van Wyk) of Southern Africa in the Cold War post-1974 (part of theCold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson Center, 2013);

Zimbabwe and Political Transition: ZANU-PF as Liberation Movement, Party of Government, and Government of National Unity. Situation Report, Africa International Affairs Programme, LSE IDEAS. ;

Introduction, CWIHP e-Dossier No 35 on Robert Mugabe and Todor Zhivkov, ;

‘The Man on the Spot: Christopher Soames and the independence of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia’ (British Scholar, April 2013);

‘Resistance to Winds of Change: The emergence of the ‘Unholy Alliance’ between Southern Rhodesia, Portugal and South Africa 1964-1965,  in Stockwell, S and Butler  L (eds) Harold Macmillan and Wind of Change: 50 Years On. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013);

‘The Rhodesia Counter-insurgency, intelligence and interrogation’in Andrews, C and Tobia, S (eds) War and Interrogation (Routledge, 2014).

For a full list of publications please visit: 


  • African Security for War Studies Online War Studies Online MA programmes