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Dr Paul Corthorn

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
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Dr Paul Corthorn

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Paul Corthorn’s research is concerned with twentieth-century British history, especially its political and international dimensions. He has worked extensively on the politics of the Left and on various aspects of the Cold War in Britain.

He is writing a book that thematically examines the politics and ideas of the Conservative and Ulster Unionist MP, Enoch Powell, to be published by Oxford University Press. He is joint editor of the Labour History Review.

Research opportunities

Open to PhD applications in the field of

  • British Political History after 1918, including the Thatcher Era
  • Britain and the Cold War
  • British Political History and Northern Ireland

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Public outreach & key achievements

  • Contributor to the LSE IDEAS Blog and the openDemocracy website.
  • Policy Paper for History and Policy entitled ‘Governments and “Soft Power” in International Affairs:
  • Britain and the Boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics’, August 2013.
  • Interviews for BBC radio Ulster

Research students

PhD Title The Reception of Enoch Powell in Northern Ireland, 1968-1998
Country UK
PhD Title  Anti-Communism in Great Britain and the United States during the Early Cold War, 1945-56
Country  USA
PhD Title  Red Scare: Anti-Communism and the Labour Party in Twentieth-Century Britain
Country  UK


Alumni: Where are they now

PhD Title Northern Ireland and the Cold War, 1945 to c. 1972
Country UK
PhD Title  Transatlantic Anarchism during the Spanish Civil War and Revolution, 1936-1939
Country  UK
PhD Title Fiction from Fact: The British Spy Novel and British intelligence, 1894-1963
Country UK



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