Professor Peter Paul Catterall

Professor of History and Policy

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309 Regent Street London W1B 2HW
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After a history degree at Cambridge (1984) I undertook my doctoral thesis on religion and politics in inter-war Britain at Queen Mary, completing in 1989. I then spent a year as a research fellow at the Institute of Contemporary British History, writing an award-winning bibliography of post-war Britain. From 1989 until 1999 I was Director of this Institute. I have been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 1996. In 1999-2000 I was on a Fulbright as visiting professor of British history at Westminster College, Fulton Missouri. On my return to the UK I taught history and politics at Queen Mary University of London until my appointment as Reader in History at Westminster in October 2012. I have been Professor of History and Policy at Westminster since November 2016. My interests are wide-ranging. Having edited Contemporary British History from 1991-2003, I founded the journal National Identities in 1999. My focus upon the history of the relationship between identities, ideas and political culture is reflected in my research, the PhDs I have supervised and my work with think tanks like the Hansard Society and the Centre for Opposition Studies. I also have an interest in public history, reflected in my current work on lieux de memoire. I have been a member of the London Historic Environments Forum since 2011 and a Board member at Crossness Engines Trust since 2013, becoming chair in July 2017.

I have taught widely over my career in places as far-flung as America and Iraq. At Queen Mary one of my courses, 'Concepts of Europe', covered the sweep from Herodotus to the EU. When in the US I taught Western Civilization. My history teaching, however, has tended to focus upon Britain and its empire since the eighteenth century. This has included both survey courses and detailed studies on subjects such as the history of the East End, post-war popular culture or the nature of oral history. At masters level courses I have taught range from 'Democracy and Public Policy' for the Hansard Society, through 'Business in Europe' as a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School, to 'Comparative Welfare States' at Queen Mary. At Westminster I currently teach 'New Liberals to New Labour: British Politics 1906-2010' and a special subject on Churchill, as well as guest lecturing on subjects ranging from religion and politics to the development of aid policy. I have supervised PhD students on various subjects, including political cartoons in nineteenth century Britain, Britain and the US Civil War, post-war attitudes to finance and the history of natural childbirth. I have six PhD completions and am currently supervising or co-supervising five PhD students - working on the Church of England and English national identity 1780-1850; counter-terrorism and the Channel programme, Macmillan and Adenauer (jointly with the Humboldt University, Berlin); prisons and human rights; and the Opposition and Brexit. I would welcome PhD students looking at the relationship between culture and politics from the 18th century onwards.

My current research ranges from the intersection between heritage, lieux de memoire and public memory to Labour and decolonization in the 1950s.

RECENT PROJECTS

In 2017-18 I led a MUPI project with London Transport Museum looking at the development of the concept of 'Academics in Residence'.

In 2012-15 I was a consultant on Centre for Opposition Studies projects on political reform in Jordan and Kuwait, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

RECENT GRANTS

My most recent commissioned research work was on Brexit for the Danish Society for Contemporary Historical Research in 2017. 

2017

Philip de Zulueta (2017)
Catterall, Peter 2017. Philip de Zulueta. in: Holt, A. and Dockter, W. (ed.) Private Secretaries to the Prime Minister: Foreign Affairs from Churchill to Thatcher Abingdon Routledge. pp. 55-80
Winston Churchill and the General Strike (2017)
Catterall, Peter 2017. Winston Churchill and the General Strike. in: Toye, R. (ed.) Winston Churchill: Politics, Strategy and Statecraft London Bloomsbury. pp. 59-71
Winston Churchill as Chancellor of the Exchequer (1924-9) and the Return to the Gold Standard (2017)
Catterall, Peter 2017. Winston Churchill as Chancellor of the Exchequer (1924-9) and the Return to the Gold Standard. in: Toye, R. (ed.) Winston Churchill: Politics, Strategy and Statecraft London Bloomsbury. pp. 35-48

2015

Prime Minister and President: Harold Macmillan’s accounts of the Cuban missile crisis (2015)
Catterall, Peter 2015. Prime Minister and President: Harold Macmillan’s accounts of the Cuban missile crisis. in: Scott, L. and Hughes, R. Gerald (ed.) The Cuban missile crisis: a critical appraisal London Routledge. pp. 75-101

2014

Modifying “a very dangerous message": Britain, the non-aligned and the UN during the Cuban missile crisis (2014)
Catterall, Peter 2014. Modifying “a very dangerous message": Britain, the non-aligned and the UN during the Cuban missile crisis. in: Gioe, D., Scott, L. and Andrew, C. (ed.) An international history of the Cuban missile crisis: a 50-year retrospective London Routledge. pp. 72-98

2013

Nonconformity and the labour movement (2013)
Catterall, Peter 2013. Nonconformity and the labour movement. in: Pope, R. (ed.) T&T Clark Companion to Nonconformity London Bloomsbury T&T Clark. pp. 459-472

2012

Slums and salvation (2012)
Catterall, Peter 2012. Slums and salvation. in: Husselbee, L. and Ballard, P. (ed.) Free churches and society since 1800 Continuum. pp. 111-132

2009

Foreword (2009)
Catterall, Peter 2009. Foreword. in: Peek John (ed.) Draft it in Eskimo: A Personal Memoir of the War Cabinet Secretariat, NATO and the ‘Marshy Common’ Southampton, UK Clio Publishing.
The distinctiveness of British socialism? Religion and the Labour Party c.1900-1939 (2009)
Catterall, Peter 2009. The distinctiveness of British socialism? Religion and the Labour Party c.1900-1939. in: Worley, M. (ed.) The foundations of the Labour Party Ashgate. pp. 131-152

2006

Identity and integration: Macmillan, “Britishness” and the turn towards Europe (2006)
Catterall, Peter 2006. Identity and integration: Macmillan, “Britishness” and the turn towards Europe. in: Millat, G. (ed.) Angleterre ou Albion, entre fascination et répulsion Lille Université Lille 3 Charles de Gaulle. pp. 161-178
The singularity of Suez in Anglo-French relations 1951-64: une entente mal entendue (2006)
Catterall, Peter 2006. The singularity of Suez in Anglo-French relations 1951-64: une entente mal entendue. in: Capet, A. (ed.) Britain, France and the entente cordiale since 1904 Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 124-142

2003

Conclusions: The ironies of “successful failure" (2003)
Catterall, Peter 2003. Conclusions: The ironies of “successful failure". in: Daddow, O.J. (ed.) Harold Wilson and European integration: Britain’s second application to join the EEC London Cass. pp. 243-252
Roles and relationships: Dean Acheson, “British decline” and post-war Anglo-American relations (2003)
Catterall, Peter 2003. Roles and relationships: Dean Acheson, “British decline” and post-war Anglo-American relations. in: Capet, A. and Sy-Wonyu, A. (ed.) The special relationship: la ‘relation spéciale’ entre le Royaumi-Uni et Les États Unis Rouen Universite de Rouen. pp. 109-126

2001

The British Isles today (2001)
Catterall, Peter 2001. The British Isles today. in: Hall, S. and Haywood, J. (ed.) The Penguin atlas of British and Irish history London Penguin. pp. 276-279

2000

The Development and Role of Cabinet Committees in Britain (2000)
Catterall, Peter and Brady, Christopher 2000. The Development and Role of Cabinet Committees in Britain. in: Rhodes, R.A.W. (ed.) Transforming British Government. Volume 1: Changing Institutions Basingstoke, UK Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 156-175
Foreign and Commonwealth policy in opposition: the Labour Party (2000)
Catterall, Peter 2000. Foreign and Commonwealth policy in opposition: the Labour Party. in: Kaiser, W. and Staerck, G. (ed.) British foreign policy 1955-64: contracting options Basingstoke Macmillan. pp. 89-109

1997

Engineering and Economic Performance in Britain since 1945 (1997)
Catterall, Peter 1997. Engineering and Economic Performance in Britain since 1945. in: Clesse, A. and Coker, C. (ed.) The Vitality of Britain Luxembourg Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies. pp. 78-101

1994

The party and religion (1994)
Catterall, Peter 1994. The party and religion. in: Seldon, A. and Ball, S. (ed.) Conservative century: the Conservative Party since 1900 Oxford Oxford University Press. pp. 637-670

1989

The State of Literature on Post-War Britain (1989)
Catterall, Peter 1989. The State of Literature on Post-War Britain. in: Gorst, A., Johnman, L. and Lucas, W.S. (ed.) Post-War Britain 1945-64: Themes and Perspectives London, UK Frances Pinter Publishers. pp. 221-241

2017

Asa Briggs and political history (2017)
Catterall, Peter 2017. Asa Briggs and political history. The Historian. 133, pp. 22-25.
Changing Attitudes to the Past: Lieux de Memoire and Contested Histories (2017)
Catterall, Peter 2017. Changing Attitudes to the Past: Lieux de Memoire and Contested Histories. Political Quarterly. 88 (4), pp. 631-639.

2013

Churchill as Chancellor of the Exchequer (1924–9) and the return to the gold standard (2013)
Catterall, Peter 2013. Churchill as Chancellor of the Exchequer (1924–9) and the return to the gold standard. Churchill Archive.

2012

At the end of the day: Macmillan's account of the Cuban missile crisis (2012)
Catterall, Peter 2012. At the end of the day: Macmillan's account of the Cuban missile crisis. International Relations. 26 (3), pp. 267-289.

2011

Democracy, cosmopolitanism and national identity in a ‘globalising’ world (2011)
Catterall, Peter 2011. Democracy, cosmopolitanism and national identity in a ‘globalising’ world. National Identities. 13 (4), pp. 329-347.

2005

Twenty-five years of promoting free markets: a history of Economic Affairs (2005)
Catterall, Peter 2005. Twenty-five years of promoting free markets: a history of Economic Affairs. Economic Affairs. 25 (4), pp. 48-57.

2004

The Prime Minister and his Trollope: reading Harold Macmillan’s reading (2004)
Catterall, Peter 2004. The Prime Minister and his Trollope: reading Harold Macmillan’s reading. Cercles Occasional Papers Series. 1, pp. 1-20.

2002

Editiorial - Contemporary British History: A Personal View (2002)
Catterall, Peter 2002. Editiorial - Contemporary British History: A Personal View. Contemporary British History. 16 (1), pp. 1-10.
Harold Macmillan and Europe 1950-56: the Cold War, the American context and the British approach to European integration (2002)
Catterall, Peter 2002. Harold Macmillan and Europe 1950-56: the Cold War, the American context and the British approach to European integration. Cercles. 5, pp. 93-108.

2000

The British electoral system 1885-1970 (2000)
Catterall, Peter 2000. The British electoral system 1885-1970. Historical Research. 73 (181), pp. 156-174.

1999

Management and engineering education in the 1950s and 1960s (1999)
Catterall, Peter 1999. Management and engineering education in the 1950s and 1960s. Contemporary British History. 13 (3), pp. 10-22.

1998

Cabinet committees in British governance (1998)
Catterall, Peter and Brady, Christopher 1998. Cabinet committees in British governance. Public Policy and Administration. 13 (4), pp. 67-84.

1997

‘Imagine if Labour won the Election’: the Conservative Party's political broadcasts (1997)
Catterall, Peter 1997. ‘Imagine if Labour won the Election’: the Conservative Party's political broadcasts. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 17 (4), pp. 453-457.
Departmental Select Committees (1997)
Catterall, Peter 1997. Departmental Select Committees. Contemporary British History. 11 (3), pp. 77-98.
What (if anything) is distinctive about contemporary history? (1997)
Catterall, Peter 1997. What (if anything) is distinctive about contemporary history? Journal of Contemporary History. 32 (4), pp. 441-452.
Handling the transfer of power: a note on the 1964 origins of the Douglas‐Home rules (1997)
Catterall, Peter 1997. Handling the transfer of power: a note on the 1964 origins of the Douglas‐Home rules. Contemporary British History. 11 (1), pp. 76-82.
Managing the core executive (1997)
Brady, Christopher and Catterall, Peter 1997. Managing the core executive. Public Administration. 75 (3), pp. 509-529.

1996

A Kangchenjunga Seminar (1996)
Band, G., Streather,, Westmacott, M., Scott, S. and Catterall, Peter 1996. A Kangchenjunga Seminar. The Alpine Journal. 101, pp. 17-30.
Reassessing the impact of yesterday's men (1996)
Catterall, Peter 1996. Reassessing the impact of yesterday's men. Contemporary British History. 10 (4), pp. 108-138.

1995

Technology transfer in Britain: the case of monoclonal antibodies (1995)
Tansey, E.M. and Catterall, Peter 1995. Technology transfer in Britain: the case of monoclonal antibodies. Contemporary Record. 9 (2), pp. 409-444.

1994

The battle of Cable Street (1994)
Catterall, Peter 1994. The battle of Cable Street. Contemporary Record. 8 (1), pp. 105-132.

1993

Symposium: Editing Political Diaries (1993)
Catterall, Peter 1993. Symposium: Editing Political Diaries. Contemporary Record. 7 (1), pp. 103-131.
Morality and politics: the free churches and the Labour Party between the wars (1993)
Catterall, Peter 1993. Morality and politics: the free churches and the Labour Party between the wars. Historical Journal. 36 (3), pp. 667-685.
The east of Suez decision (1993)
Catterall, Peter 1993. The east of Suez decision. Contemporary Record. 7 (3), pp. 612-653.

1991

Church decline, secularism and ecumenism (1991)
Catterall, Peter 1991. Church decline, secularism and ecumenism. Contemporary Record. 5 (2), pp. 276-290.

2016

Labour and the free churches 1918-1939: radicalism, righteousness and religion (2016)
Catterall, Peter 2016. Labour and the free churches 1918-1939: radicalism, righteousness and religion. London Bloomsbury.
Britain and the threat to stability in Europe 1918-45 (2016)
Catterall, Peter and Morris, C.J. (ed.) 2016. Britain and the threat to stability in Europe 1918-45. London Bloomsbury Academic.

2013

The making of Channel 4 (2013)
Catterall, Peter (ed.) 2013. The making of Channel 4. London Routledge.

2011

The Macmillan diaries: vol II, Prime Minister and after 1957-1966 (2011)
MacMillan, H. Catterall, Peter (ed.) 2011. The Macmillan diaries: vol II, Prime Minister and after 1957-1966. Pan.

2003

The Macmillan diaries: the Cabinet years 1950-57 (2003)
Catterall, Peter (ed.) 2003. The Macmillan diaries: the Cabinet years 1950-57. London Macmillan.

2000

Reforming the constitution: debates in twentieth century Britain (2000)
Catterall, Peter, Kaiser, W. and Walton-Jordan, U. (ed.) 2000. Reforming the constitution: debates in twentieth century Britain. London Cass.
Northcliffe’s legacy: aspects of the British popular press 1896-1996 (2000)
Catterall, Peter, Seymour-Ure, C. and Smith, A. (ed.) 2000. Northcliffe’s legacy: aspects of the British popular press 1896-1996. Basingstoke Macmillan.

1999

The making of Channel 4 (1999)
Catterall, Peter (ed.) 1999. The making of Channel 4. London Cass.

1997

Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine volume 1 (1997)
Tansey, E., Catterall, P., Christie, D., Willhoft, S. and Reynolds, L. (ed.) 1997. Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine volume 1. London Wellcome Trust (publisher).

1996

The Northern Ireland question in British politics (1996)
Catterall, Peter and McDougall, S. (ed.) 1996. The Northern Ireland question in British politics. Basingstoke Macmillan.

1994

Understanding post-war British society (1994)
Catterall, Peter and Obelkevich, J. (ed.) 1994. Understanding post-war British society. London Routledge.

1993

History of Electrex 1950-1993 (1993)
Catterall, Peter 1993. History of Electrex 1950-1993. West Horsley ASEE Exhibitions Limited.

1991

British History 1945-1987: an annotated bibliography (1991)
Catterall, Peter 1991. British History 1945-1987: an annotated bibliography. Oxford Blackwell.

2015

Magna Charta and Parliament 1900-1914 (2015)
Catterall, Peter 2015. Magna Charta and Parliament 1900-1914. 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta Conference. University of Amiens, France 07 to end of 09 Dec 2015 Magna Carta Trust.

2014

Labour and the politics of alcohol: the decline of a cause (2014)
Catterall, Peter 2014. Labour and the politics of alcohol: the decline of a cause. London Institute of Alcohol Studies.

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