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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, History of National Minorities, History of Germany, History of the Central and Eastern Europe (especially the Baltic Region), History of Peace, Baltic Germans, the League of Nations, Rachel Crowdy, Gilbert Murray, Fidtjof Nansen, psychoanalysis of Erich Fromm.

PhD Supervision

I have supervised a number of doctoral students who have pursued topics including the following:

  • women in the aviation industry
  • civil-military relations in Poland
  • the radical right in contemporary Austrian politics
  • the history of a Jewish community in Poland
  • the rights of indigenous peoples
  • aspects of the history of ideas

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

I teach on variety of modules provided by the Division of Sociology and Criminology:

  • Criminology (Foundation and Y.3)
  • State and Society (Y.1)
  • British Welfare State (Y.2)
  • Minorities and Refugees (MA)



  • On their own behalf. Ewald Ammende, Europe’s National Minorities and the Campaign for Cultural Autonomy 1920-36. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014.
  • 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.


  • ‘"Forgotten Europeans”: Transnational Minority Activism in the Age of European Integration’ with M. Germane and D. Smith (in press with Nations and Nationalism).
  • ‘National Minorities as Peace-Builders’, Peace and Change (in press for January 2018).
  • ‘International Affairs and Latvia’s Baltic Germans’, in D. Potjomkina, A. Spruds and V. Scerbinskis (eds.), The Centenary of Latvia’s Foreign Affairs. Ideas and Personalities. Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2016.
  • ‘Inhabiting Different Worlds: the League of Nations and the Protection of National Minorities, 1920-30’ in M. Rodriguez Garcia, D. Rodogno and L. Kozma (eds.), The League of Nations’ Work on Social Issues. Geneva: UN, 2016.
  • ‘Paul Schiemann and Journalism as a means to Reconciliation,1919-20’, Central and Eastern European Review 8 (2014) 103-23.
  • ‘Psychoanalysis and Peace. Eric Fromm on History, Politics and the Nation’ in L. Austad (ed.), Nationalism and the Body Politic. London: Karnac, 2014.
  • ‘The European Congress of Nationalities: a Transnational NGO providing a Model for Today and Tomorrow?’ in E. Nimni, S. Osipov and D. Smith (eds.), The Challenge of Non-Territorial Autonomy. Geneva: Peter Lang, 2013.
  • ‘True Believer: Racism and One Nazi ideologist’ in L. Auestad (ed.), Psychoanalysis and Politics. Exclusion and the Politics of Representation. London: Karnac, 2012.
  • '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


  • ‘The Legacy of Paul Schiemann’, Talk presented to a celebration of Schiemann’s work held in Riga City Council, March 2016

  • ‘Inhabiting Different Worlds. The League of Nations and the Protection of National Minorities, 1920-30’, a talk presented at the UN Library, Geneva. June 2013

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Recent conference presentations include:

  • ‘Biography and the League of Nations: Rachel Crowdy’, 5th European Congress of World and Global History, Corvinius University, Budapest, September 2017
  • ‘Smuts, Cecil and Murray’, 1919 Conference, University of Tampere, Finland, March 2017
  • ‘The Legacy of Paul Schiemann’, Celebration of Schiemann’s work held in Riga City Council, March 2016
  • ‘Baltic German Refugees as Peace-Builders’, University of Hamburg, October 2015
  • ‘Biography and Baltic German History’, AABS, Marburg University, October 2015
  • ‘Ethnic Germans and Transnational Coalition-Building in the 1920s’, Trans-ethnic Coalition-Building within and across States, Uppsala University, January 2015
  • ‘The League of Nations and the Organisation of Peace’, Tampere Peace Institute, December 2014
  • ‘For the Sake of Europe or the Reich? Ewald Ammende and Europe’s National Minorities, 1920–36.’ Tartu University, November 2014
  • ‘Joys and Challenges of Researching Europe’s National Minorities:Ewald Ammende (1920-36) and Cultural Autonomy.’ Greifswald University, November 2014
  • ‘Inhabiting Different Worlds. The League of Nations and the Protection of National Minorities, 1920-30’, UN Library, Geneva. June 2013
  • ‘The European Congress of Nationalities: a Transnational NGO providing a Model for Today and Tomorrow?’ The Challenges of Non-territorial Autonomy, Belfast University, November 2012
  • ‘Politics, History and the Nation in Erich Fromm’s Work’, Psychoanalysis and Politics. ‘Nationalism and the Body Politic’, Oslo, March 2011, Norwegian Psychoanalytic Society
  • ‘White Russians crossing the Black Sea’, ’The Forty Years' Crisis: Refugees in Europe, 1919-1959’. 14-16 September 2010, Birkbeck, University of London
  • ‘Psychoanalysing one Nazi Ideologist’, Psychoanalysis and Politics: ‘Exclusion and the Politics of Representation’, Copenhagen, March 2010

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