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Dr Martyn Housden

PositionReader in Modern History
DepartmentSociology and Criminology
Telephone+44 (0)1274 23 3808

Research Interests (key words only)

History of Refugees, Fridtjof Nansen, the League of Nations, psychoanalysis of Erich Fromm, History of National Minorities, History of Germany

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Students Supervised:

Current and past projects pursued by research students include:

  • women in the aviation industry;
  • civil-military relations in Poland;
  • right-wing politics in Austria;
  • the history of a Jewish community in Poland.



  • The League of Nations and the Organisation of Peace. London: Longman, 2012.
  • Forgotten Pages in Baltic History. Diversity and Inclusion. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011. Edited with David Smith.
  • Neighbours or Enemies?  Germans, the Baltic and Beyond.  Amsterdam:  Rodopi. 2008.  With John Hiden.
  • The Holocaust.  Events, Motives and Legacy.  Tirril:  Humanities-Ebooks. 2007.
  • Hans Frank.  Lebensraum and the Holocaust.  Basingstoke:  Palgrave.  2003.
  • Adolf Hitler.  Biography of a Revolutionary?  London:  Routledge.  2000.
  • Resistance and Conformity in the Third Reich.  London:  Routledge.  1997.  Reprinted 2003.
  • Helmut Nicolai and Nazi Ideology.  London:  Macmillan.  1992.


  • 'Securing the Lives of Ordinary People. Baltic Perspectives on the Work of the League of Nations' in M. Housden and D. Smith (eds.), Forgotten Pages in Baltic HistoryDiversity and Inclusion. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.
  • 'A Matter of Uniqueness? Paul Schiemann, Ewald Ammende and Mickhail Kurchinskii' (with David Smith) in M. Housden and D.Smith (eds.), Forgotten Pages in Baltic HistoryDiversity and Inclusion. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.
  • 'White Russians crossing the Black Sea. The League of Nations and the First Properly Organised Repatriation of Refugees displaced by Civil Conflict, 1922-23', Slavonic and East European Review 88 (2010) pp. 495–524.
  • 'Humanitarian Endeavour in the Black Sea Region. The League of Nations, White Russian Refugees and Constantinople, 1920-23', International Journal of the Humanities 6 (2008) pp.109–16.
  • 'Ethical Drift.  Ewald Ammende, the European Nationalities Congress and National Socialism', Central and East European Review 1 (2007) pp.5–31.
  • 'When the Baltic Sea was a "bridge" for humanitarian action:  the League of Nations, the Red Cross and the repatriation of prisoners of war between Russia and Central Europe 1920-22', Journal of Baltic Studies 38 (2007) pp.61-83.
  • 'A Liberal Nationalist and Europe 1920-25.  Ewald Ammende and his Idea of a Peaceful Continent', Przeglad Stosunkow Miedzynarodowych (The International Affairs Review) 154 (2006) pp.4-23.
  • 'Oscar Wilde's imprisonment and an early idea of "banal evil" ', Forum Historiae Iuris  (2006) 
  • 'An early example of personality profiling:  Henry A. Murray's study of Adolf Hitler written for the OSS', Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion 8, 1 (2006) pp.1–28.  Web journal, article 8.1.2.
  • 'Cultural Autonomy in Estonia:  one of History's Acuriosities' in D. J. Smith (ed.), The Baltic States and their Region.  New Europe or Old?  Amsterdam:  Rodopi.  2005.  pp.227-50.
  • 'Ambiguous Activists.  Estonia's Model of Cultural Autonomy as Interpreted by Two of its Founders:  Werner Hasselblatt and Ewald Ammende', Journal of Baltic Studies 35 (2004)  pp.231-53.
  • 'Ewald Ammende.  His Vision for the Organisation of National Minorities in Europe' in B. Metuzale-Kangere (ed.), The Ethnic Dimension in Politics and Culture in the Baltic Countries 1920-1945.  Stockholm:  Sodertorn Academic Studies.  2004.  pp.50-64

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Conference Presentations (selected):

  • 'Fridtjof Nansen and Repatriation', Forty Years Crisis Conference. Birkbeck College, London, September 2010.
  • 'Psychoanalysis and Politics. Exclusion and the Politics of Representation', Winter Symposium, Nordic Ministerial Council, Copenhagen, March 2010.
  • 'Anticipating Human Security. Baltic Perspectives on the Social and Humanitarian Work of the League of Nations.' 8th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe. Kaunas, June 2009.
  • Ewald Ammende, the Congress of European Nationalities and the Rise of Nazism', The Theory and Practice of Cultural Autonomy, University of Glasgow, July 2006.
  • Cultural Autonomy in Inter-War Estonia:  Historical Curiosity or Model for the Future?', The Baltic States:  New Europe or Old?  University of Glasgow.  January 2004.

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