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Dr Gabor Batonyi

PositionLecturer in History and International Relations
LocationPemberton P2.04
DepartmentPeace Studies and International Development
Telephone+44 (0)1274 23 3807
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Research Interests (key words only)

Modern Central European history, especially Hungarian affairs from 1918 to 1989; British foreign policy in Central Europe, including interwar diplomatic history, British intelligence and special operations during the Second World War, and Anglo-Hungarian relations during the Cold War.

PhD Supervision

Oliver Denton

PhD Title: The role of The Times newspaper and its editor, Geoffrey Dawson in the policy of appeasement from March 1935 to December 1940

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Main Teaching Areas:

  • Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th century
  • British foreign policy and Anglo-German relations between the two world wars
  • Diplomatic history from 1870 to 1989
  • Democracy and authoritarian regimes in contemporary history

Completed Research Students

  • Nicholas Alforde, PhD (2013) – The White International: Anatomy of a Transnational Radical Revisionist Plot in Central Europe after World War I
  • Sarah Dietz, PhD (2013) – Bradford Mills at Marki, Warsaw: A Case Study of British Entrepreneurship in Russian Poland 1883–1914
  • Anthony Murphy, MPhil (2013) – The Rise of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) under Jörg Haider and Right Wing Populism in Austria, 1986–2000: Historical Roots, Political Context and a Cultural Perspective
  • Adil Khan, MPhil (2010) – Hesitant Engagement: Britain, Locarno and Central and Eastern Europe
  • Claire Gorman, MPhil (2009) – Britain and the Atomic Bomb: Maud to Nagasaki
  • Doreen Kotroczó, PhD (2007) – The Hungarian Question in British Foreign Policy 1848–1867

Study History

DPhil, Oxford, 1996

Professional History

Foreign Affairs Editor, Hungarian Television Company (MTV), 1989–92

Professional Activities

Co-editor of the Central and Eastern European Review

Research Areas

Anglo-Hungarian relations since 1918; British intelligence operations during the Second World War and the Cold War

Current Projects

Show trials during the early Cold War in Hungary, notably the case of Edgar Sanders


Fellow of the Royal Historical Society


  • Diplomacy by Show Trial: The Espionage Case of Edgar Sanders and British-Hungarian Relations, 1949-53, Slavonic and East European Review, 93/4 (2015)
  • ‘Mission to survive: Hungarian historian Gyula Szekfu as agent and diplomat’, Slavonic and East European Review,90/4 (2012), 705–34.
  • ‘Hungarian opposition and resistance to Stalinism in the early 1950s’, in L. Péter and M. Rady (eds), Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution in Hungary and Central Europe: Commemorating 1956 (UCL, London, 2009), 159–70.
  • ‘Anglo-Austrian relations between the wars’, in K. Koch and A. Suppan (eds), Von Saint Germain zum Belvedere: Österreich und Europa 1919–1955,Außenpolitische Dokumente der Republik Österreich 1918–1938 (ADÖ), Special Issue (Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, Munich and Vienna, 2007), 115–28.
  • ‘Magyarország világháborús részvétele brit szemszögbol’, in Gy. Markó (ed.), Háború, Hadsereg, Összeomlás: Magyarpolitika, katonapolitika a második világháborúban (Zrínyi Kiadó, Budapest, 2005), 61–9.
  • ‘British foreign policy and the problem of Hungarian revisionism in the 1930s’, in L. Péter and M. Rady (eds), British-Hungarian Relations since 1848 (UCL, London, 2004), 205–16.
  • Britain and Central Europe, 1918–1932 (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1999).

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Conference Presentations (selected)

  • ‘British diplomacy and the “lingering trace” of Anglophilia in post-war Hungary’, Anglophilia and the British Constitution in Central Europe 1700–2000, University of Notre Dame, London, October 2013.
  • ‘Egy elkésett brit kísérlet a magyar kommunisták megfékezésére és a megtorlás’,International Symposium on the Crimes of Communism, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Budapest, November 2011.
  • ‘Hungarian opposition and resistance to Stalinism’, Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution in Central Europe: Commemorating 1956, UCL, London, September 2006.
  • ‘Magyarország világháborús részvétele az angolszász hatalmak szemszögéb¿l’, International Conference on Hungary’s Participation in the Second World War, Institute of Military History, Budapest, May 2005.
  • ‘British foreign policy and the problem of Hungarian revisionism in the 1930s’, British–Hungarian Relations since 1848, UCL, London, May 2004.
  • ‘The myth of disinterest: Britain and ethnic conflict in interwar Central Europe’, Forum of British, Czech and Slovak Historians, University of Dundee, March 2002.
  • ‘Nationalism and communism in Hungary in the early 1950s’, German History Society Annual Regional Conference, University of Swansea, June 2001.
  • ‘British intelligence and Horthy’s peace initiatives’, Albion Conference, University of Debrecen, May 2001.

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