Prof. Brendan Simms, PhD

Professor Brendan Simms, PhD studied at Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Tübingen, and gained his doctorate at Peterhouse, Cambridge in 1993, where he has since been a Fellow. Before that he was a Research Fellow at Christ Church Oxford, 1992–93. From 1998 to 2008 he was first a Lecturer, then a Reader at the Centre of International Studies, Cambridge. Since 2008 he has been Professor in the History of European International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge. He has been Director of the Centre of International Studies since 2009. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Leibniz Institute for European History, Mainz. He is recipient of among other prizes the Thirlwall Prize and Seeley Medal of the University of Cambridge. He is currently establishing The Centre of Geopolitics and Grand Strategy at Cambridge, a new interdisciplinary center for the study of grand strategy and statecraft, as well as the think tank, Project for Democratic Union, which promotes a full political union of the Eurozone on Anglo-American lines. Among his publications are: Unfinest Hour, Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia (2002; shortlisted for the BBC’s Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction), Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the Present (2013; shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize), and The Longest Afternoon. The 400 Men who Decided the Battle of Waterloo (2014). His works have been or are being translated into several languages including German, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Romanian, Serbo-Croat, and Czech.


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