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Dr Gabor Batonyi

Assistant Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 233807


Gábor Bátonyi studied in Budapest, Bologna and Oxford where he received his DPhil in 1996. Following a career in television journalism as a foreign affairs editor, he teaches history and international relations at the University of Bradford. He is the author of Britain and Central Europe, 1918–1933 (Clarendon Press, 1999) and several publications on Anglo-Hungarian relations. His research on British diplomacy, intelligence and foreign policy in Central and Eastern Europe covers the period from the First World War to the end of the Cold War.


  • Anglo-Hungarian relations since 1918; 
  • British intelligence operations during the Second World War and the Cold War; 
  • show trials during the early Cold War in Hungary, notably the case of Edgar Sanders; 
  • Margaret Thatcher’s foreign policy and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe; 
  • the British Council and cultural diplomacy between 1945 and 1989.


Teaching interests

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, populism and authoritarian regimes in contemporary history
  • International Relations


Peer Reviewed Journal
Title“Creative Ferment in Eastern Europe”: Thatcher’s Diplomacy and the Transformation of Hungary in the Mid-1980s (2018)
AuthorsBatonyi, Gabor
JournalDiplomacy and Statecraft
TitleDiplomacy by Show Trial - The Espionage Case of Edgar Sanders and British-Hungarian Relations, 1949-1953 (2015)
AuthorsBatonyi, Gabor
JournalSlavonic and East European Review
TitleMission to Survive: Hungarian Historian Gyula Szekfü as Agent and Diplomat (2012)
AuthorsBátonyi, Gábor
JournalSlavonic and East European Review
PublisherModern Humanities Research Association / School of Slavonic and East European Studies
TitleA New Image of the Nation: Reading Central and South-East European History (1997)
AuthorsBátonyi, Gábor
JournalHistorical Journal
PublisherCambridge University Press