Nick is a PhD Student in the War Studies Department at King’s College London, where he is a Leverhulme Scholar at the Centre for Grand Strategy. Before beginning his PhD, he received his BA (Hons) War Studies and MA Terrorism, Security and Society from the War Studies Department, and was the recipient of the Saki Ruth Dockrill Prize for Best Undergraduate Dissertation, and the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Essay Prize, respectively. Nick also worked as a Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, where his research focused on the migration of western, salafi-jihadi foreign fighters to the Middle East following the Arab Spring. His current research focuses on how the British political left conceived of international order and grand strategy in the early twentieth century.
Order, Strategy and the British Left, 1918-1945.
This PhD thesis seeks to examine the intellectual history of how the British left conceived of international order from the end of World War I up to the end of World War II, in the context of the emergence of the postwar, so-called ‘liberal international order’. The study focuses on five individuals – William Beveridge, Ernest Bevin, G.D.H. Cole, Hugh Dalton, and Harold Laski – all of whom represent different ideological positions within the milieu that surrounded Clement Attlee during his tenure as Labour leader and Prime Minister. It will seek to show how the intellectual development of these figures affected what would become the orthodox (and otherwise) thinking within the Labour party, and the left more broadly, on issues such as anti-appeasement, federal union, and liberal internationalism more broadly. It will also seek to highlight how domestic considerations played a significant part in shaping how individuals thought about what international order was, and how Britain’s place within it should be conceived and implemented. By parsing out the development of this interplay between international order and grand strategic thinking, the project seeks to shed new light on the ideas that formed the basis of the of the so-called ‘liberal international order’, that has remained in different forms since 1945, while emphasising the often underplayed influence of the British left on those ideas.
Primary: Professor John Bew
Secondary: Dr Reinoud Leenders