Biography

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)

All Publications

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Otte, T.

(2014)

"Not getting his meals in the kitchen": Lord Acton's Quest for Public Office, 1892-1894

in History

99.

pp. 19-39

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Otte, T.

(2014)

The Outbreak of the First World War: Structure, Politics, and Decision-Making

In: A “Formidable Factor in European Politics”: Views of Russia in 1914.

Cambridge University Press

pp. 87-114

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Otte, T. (ed.)

(2014)

An Historian in Peace and War: The Diaries of Harold Temperley, 1900-1939

Ashgate

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Otte, T.

(2014)

July Crisis: How the World Descended into War, Summer 1914

Cambridge University Press

ISBN 9781107064904

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Otte, T., Cortazzi, S. H. (ed.)

(2014)

Sir Francis Bertie and Japan

In: Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits vol. ix.

Global Oriental

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Otte, T.

(2013)

"The Swing of the Pendulum at Home": By-elections and Foreign Policy, 1865-1914

In: By-elections in Victorian and Edwardian Politics, 1832-1914.

Boydell & Brewer

pp. 121-150

ISBN 9781843837800

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Otte, T.

(2013)

Détente 1914: Sir William Tyrrell's Secret Mission to Germany

in The Historical Journal

56.

pp. 175-204

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(2013)

From "Can-Can Diabolique" to "Sitzkrieg": The International China Expeditionary Force, 1900-1

in Journal of Military History

7.

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Otte, T.

(2013)

"Outcast from History": The Fischer Controversy and British Historiography

in Journal of Contemporary History

48.

pp. 376-396

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Otte, T.

(2012)

Japan and the "Lesser Races" of East Asia: Late Nineteenth-Century British Diplomats and Constructions of Race

In: Race and Racism in Modern East Asia: Western Constructions and Eastern Reactions.

Martinus Nijhoff-Brill

pp. 127-151

ISBN 9789004237292

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Otte, T. (ed.)

(2012)

Diplomacy and Power: Studies in Modern Diplomatic Practice

Republic of Letters

ISBN 9789089790934

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Otte, T.

(2012)

"The Pick of Ambassadors": Sir Maurice de Bunsen, Edwardian Diplomatist

In: Diplomacy and Power: Studies in Modern Diplomatic Practice. Essays in Honour of Keith Hamilton..

Republic of Letters

pp. 49-81

ISBN 978-9089790934

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Otte, T.

(2012)

Coalition Government in British Politics: Some Historical Reflection

In: The Coalition: The Voters, Parties and Institutions.

Institute for Government

pp. 16-21

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Otte, T.

(2011)

The Foreign Office Mind: The Making of British Foreign Policy, 1865-1914

CUP

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Otte, T.

(2011)

"The Shrine at Sulgrave": The Preservation of the Washington Ancestral Home as an "English Mount Vernon" and Transatlantic Regions

In: Towards World Heritage: International Origins of the Preservation Movement, 1870-1930.

Ashgate

pp. 109-138

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Otte, T. (ed.)

(2011)

Coalition Govenment in Modern British Politics

Social Affairs Unit

ISBN 978-1-904863-58-8

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Otte, T.

(2011)

Chapter II

In: Coalition Government in Modern British Politics.

Social Affairs Unit

pp. 44-107

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Otte, T.

(2011)

Conclusion

In: Coalition Government in Modern British Politics.

Social Affairs Unit

pp. 150-158

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Otte, T.

(2011)

Introduction

In: Coalition Government in Modern British Politics.

Social Affairs Unit

pp. 1-7

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Otte, T.

(2011)

Coalitions in British Politics: From the Glorious Revolution to Cameron-Clegg

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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)