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About me

Peter graduated in Modern History at the University of Westminster in 2005 with First Class Honours. He then went on to complete an MA in History of International Relations at the LSE in 2006. In January 2013 he was awarded a PhD at the University of Westminster.

The title of his thesis is 'The British Army of the Rhine and the Germans, 1948-1957'. He joined the University of Westminster teaching staff in 2006.

Teaching

Peter currently is module leader on the following modules:

  • 4HIST005W Swinging London: Revolution and Legacy
  • 5HIST001 Democracy and Dictatorship: The Making of the Modern World Part II
  • 6HIST009W Don't Mention the War: Anglo-German Relations since 1945

Research

Peter's research interests include The British Army of the Rhine, Anglo-German political and social relations since 1945 and post-war London. He has recently published 'Soho - the Heart of Bohemian London' with British Library Publishing.

Recent research papers include: 

'Out with the English'? The Germans and the British Army of the Rhine, 1948-1957, History Research Seminar Series, University of Westminster (May 2013) 

'Don't mention the war?' - Public opinion and the portrayal of Germany in British films and literature (1948-1957), Institute of Contemporary British History, King's College (November 2015)

'Turning Nazi Enemies into Cold War Partners', Briten in Westfalen Konferenz, Universitaet Paderborn, Germany (March 2017)

'Obstacles to Rapprochement'- British Strategies to improve relations with the German population, Wissenschaftliche Jahrestagung des Brauweiler Kreises, Vogelsang, Germany (March 2018)

'Panzers Welcome'? Britische Reaktionen auf die Schiessuebungen in Wales, 1961, Internationale Tagung Militärgeschichte (ITMG) 2019, Potsdam, Germany (September 2019) 

"Deutsche Militärgeschichte in Europa, 1945-1990: Repräsentation, Organisation und Tradition von Streitkräften in Demokratie und Diktatur"

Peter is an associate member of the HEA.

Publications:

Books:

Soho: The Heart of Bohemian London, British Library Publishing, London, 2017.

The British Army of the Rhine: Turning Nazi Enemies into Cold War Partners, University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 2016.

Chapters:

'Botschafter in Uniform? Die Beziehungen der Britischen Rheinarmee zur deutschen Zivilbevölkerung 1948–1957', in: Geschichte im Westen 33/2018, Klartext Verlag, Essen.

'The British Army of the Rhine and the Germans in Westphalia (1948-1957). Obstacles to Rapprochement', in: Peter E. Faessler, Andreas Neuwoehner, Florian Staffel (eds.), Briten in Westfalen (1945-2017): Besatzer, Verbuendete, Freunde?, Ferdinand Schoeningh, Paderborn, 2019.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.