Thomas Otte teaches Diplomatic and International history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has edited Military Intervention: From Gunboat Diplomacy to Humanitarian Intervention; Personalities, War and Diplomacy: and he has written essays in International History; Makers of British Foreign Policy From Pitt to Thatcher; and Railways and International Politics: Paths of Empire, 1848-1945. He is the author of Classic Guides to Diplomatic Theory: From Machiavelli to Kissinger; and The China Question: Great Power Rivalry and British Isolation 1894-1905.
He has published numerous essays in edited collections and articles in leading journals, including the English Historical Review, History, Canadian Journal of History and Diplomacy and Statecraft.
Dr Otte is a member of the national executive committee of the British International History Group (BIHG) (www.bihg.ac.uk)
Key Research Interests
Diplomatic and international history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
‘“The method in which we were schooled by experience”: British Strategy and a Continental Commitment before 1914’, in Keith Neilson (ed.), Britain, Power and the International System, 1856-1956: Essays in Honour of David French (Aldershot: Ashgate, forthcoming March 2010). ‘“A Vexed Question”: Britain, the Powers and the “Jewish Question” in the Nineteenth Century’, in Keith Robbins and John Fisher (eds.), Religion and Diplomacy (Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, forthcoming 2010). ‘Grey Ambassadors: The Dreadnought Revolution and British Diplomacy, 1906-1914’, in Andrew Lambert and Jan Rueger (eds.), The Dreadnought Revolution (Aldershot: Ashgate, forthcoming, 2010). ‘High Politics, Finance and Foreign Policy, 1865-1914’, in Brendan Simms and William Mulligan (eds.), The Primacy of Foreign Policy, 1660-2000 (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, forthcoming 2010). ‘“Only wants quiet riding”?: Derby, Disraeli, and the “War-in-Sight” Crisis of 1875’, in Geoffrey Hicks (ed.), The View from Knowsley: The Earls of Derby in British Politics (Aldershot: Ashgate, forthcoming 2010).
‘“The Shrine at Sulgrave”: The Preservation of Sulgrave Manor as an “English Mount Vernon”’, in Melanie Hall (ed.), Towards World Heritage: Preservation in an Age of Empire (Aldershot: Ashgate, forthcoming 2010).
Past Research Projects and Grants
|Project Title||Start Date||End Date||Funding Body|
|'Britain, the Great Powers and the Project of Greater Albanian Autonomy, 1875-1881'||1/9/2007||1/3/2009||British Academy|
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- member of the national executive committee of the British International History Group (BIHG)