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) (

Key Research Interests

Diplomatic and international history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Forthcoming publications:

‘“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 TitleStart DateEnd DateFunding Body
'Britain, the Great Powers and the Project of Greater Albanian Autonomy, 1875-1881'1/9/20071/3/2009British Academy

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • member of the national executive committee of the British International History Group (BIHG)