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Professor Marco Wyss

Professor of International History and Security

Marco Wyss

Bowland College



Research overview

My research focuses predominantly on the international history of the Cold War. While the initial focus was on the role of neutrality and Britain in the East-West struggle, I am currently working on the Cold War in the so-called Third World, specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa and in relation to Britain's and France's postcolonial security roles in this region. Meanwhile, I have also carried out research on peacekeeping in Africa, and the transformation of European armed forces since the end of the Cold War. Prior to moving into and beyond the Cold War, I carried out research on volunteers in the Waffen-SS.

PhD supervision

I would welcome enquiries on topics related to the Cold War generally, but I would be specifically interested in proposals related to the Cold War in Europe and/or Africa. Meanwhile, I am also open to enquiries in relation to the following themes: British Foreign, Security and Defence policy since 1945, peacekeeping, and the transformation of armed forces.

Career Details

Marco Wyss is Professor of International History and Security and the Director of the Centre for War and Diplomacy at Lancaster University; a Research Fellow at the Department of Military History, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University; and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Before coming to Lancaster, he worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chichester, and a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich. He also was a Senior Humboldt Fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, a Senior Researcher at the University of Lausanne and a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, and held visiting professorships at Sciences Po Lille and Sciences Po Aix. Marco holds an MA in History and Philosophy from the University of Neuchâtel, and an MA in International History from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and gained his PhD in Politics and International Relations, as well as in History, from the Universities of Nottingham and Neuchâtel.

Research Grants

I have received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Humboldt Foundation, and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Current Teaching

HIST258: The Cold War in Europe

HIST355: A Global History of the Cold War

HIST442: International Order and Disorder

HIST443: Warfare in History

HIST447: The Cold War in the Third World

External Roles

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Research Fellow, Department of Military History, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Military History and Historiography, Brill

Co-Editor (with Jussi M. Hanhimäki), Book Series 'New Perspectives on the Cold War', Brill

President, Bibliographical Committee of the International Commission of Military History

Board Member, European Initiative for Security Studies

Committee Member, British International History Group

Member, Conseil scientifique de la recherche historique de la défense (CSRHD), Ministère des Armées, France

Editorial Board Member, The International History Review

Member, Scientific Council, Przegląd Historyczno-Wojskowy / Historical and Military Review, Poland

Advisory Board Member, SocioDigital Lab for Public Policy, Iscte-University Institute Lisbon

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