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Professor John Charmley 


John Charmley has been Head of the School of History at UEA in Norwich, England since 2001, and he is also Associate Dean of Faculty for Research. He specialises in modern diplomatic and political history, and created the 'Rise and fall of British Power' and 'Napoleon to Stalin' modules, on which he still lectures. His special subject on Britain and the Ottoman Empire in the C19th reflects his current research interests. He has written 8 books and edited two more, and has written widely for the national press. John is prepared to supervise Ph.D.s in either diplomatic history or the history of the Conservative Party.

Past Research Projects and Grants 

Project Title Start Date  End Date  Funding Body 
Documents on Conservative Foreign Policy, 1852-1878  8/1/2007 10/31/2008  British Academy 
York-Norwich Medieval Studies Graduate Conference 2007  6/1/2007 7/31/2007  Arts and Humanities Research Council 
The Regimen Sanitatis and its Dissemination in Later Medieval England (Wellcome Prize Studentship: Mr C Bonfield)  10/1/2003 9/30/2006  Wellcome Trust 
Princess Lieven and British diplomacy 1812-1841  5/1/2001 8/31/2003  British Academy 
George Ripley & 15th Century Alchemy Fellowship to Dr J Hughes  9/1/2000 8/31/2003  Wellcome Trust 
The History of Burroughs Wellcome and the Pharmaceutical Industry to 1939  10/1/1999 8/31/2004  Wellcome Trust
Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine 3/1/1998  9/30/2003  Wellcome Trust 


John Charmley, 2011, 'Neville Chamberlain: guilty or innocent - a critical assessment', in Frank McDonagh (ed), Origins of the Second World War: An International Perspective, Continuum. (ISBN: 9781441185938), 448.

John Charmley, 2008, A History of Conservative Politics, Palgrave Macmillan. (ISBN: 9780333929735).

John Charmley, 2008, 'Castlereagh and France', in G Stone & T G Otte (ed), Anglo French Relations since the late Eighteenth Century, Routledge. (ISBN: 041539578X).

John Charmley, 2005, The Princess and Politicians: Sex, Intrigue and Diplomacy 1812-40, Viking. (ISBN: 0670889644).

John Charmley, 2005, 'From Splendid Isolation to Finest Hour: Britain as a Global Power 1900-1950', in Gaynor Johnson (ed), The Foreign Office and British Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century, Routledge. (ISBN: 0714656798).

John Charmley, 2003, 'What if Halifax had become Prime Minister in 1940?', in Iain Dale & Duncan Brack (ed), Prime Minister Portillo and Other Things that Never Happened Collection of Political Counterfactuals, Portico's. (ISBN: 1842750690), 35-51.

John Charmley, 2003, 'The Conservative Tradition in Foreign Policy', Conservative History Journal, no. 1, pp. 6-7.

John Charmley, 2002, 'Churchill and the American Alliance', Transactions: Royal Historical Society, vol. 6, no. 11, pp. 353-373.

John Charmley, 2002, 'Palmerston: Artful old dodger or babe of grace?', in T G Otte (ed), The Makers of British Foreign Policy from Pitt to Thatcher, Palgrave Macmillan. (ISBN: 0333915798).

John Charmley, 2001, 'Chamberlain, Churchill and the End of Empire', in E Brix, K Kojc and E Vysonzil (ed), The Decline of Empires, Wein. (ISBN: 370280384X), 127-135.


Key Responsibilities

Professor Charmley is Head of the School of History and Associate Dean for Enterprise and Engagement.


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