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Harry J. Mace

Harry J.  Mace

PhD candidate in Modern European History

Harry Mace is available for consultancy.

Girton College
Huntingdon Road


Harry Mace is a PhD candidate in Modern European History at Girton College, Cambridge. Harry's thesis examines, for the first time, diplomatic masculinities and the gender identities of serving personnel in the British Diplomatic Service throughout the second half of the twentieth century. The study begins in 1946 (when women were finally able to serve as diplomatic officers) and ends in the 1990s (when questions of gender equality were institutionalised in the department's vernacular). Drawing predominantly on oral history – alongside Foreign Office and Civil Service Commission archives – the project analyses the subjectivities of British diplomats, it explores their emotional politics, while analysing how different generations of men and women negotiated the FCO's changing gender order. Harry was awarded the Joyce Biddle and G M Gardiner scholarships, alongside the Diane Worzala memorial fund, by Girton College for this research twice in 2018-19 and 2019-20. He has published on women in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (forthcoming, 2019), written on gendered memories of Nazi-occupied France for the Women’s History journal, and Anglo-French relations during the Cold War in Diplomacy & Statecraft. He is finalising an edited collection, CEO of the Netherlands: The Making of Beatrix, the Last Dutch Queen 1980-2013, that examines gender politics and royal diplomacy in the Netherlands throughout the 1980s and 1990s.


Research Interests

Harry's research has focused on British foreign policy, European integration, Anglo-French relations, gender and diplomatic history, the gendering of French diplomacy, and the role of women in the British and French Foreign Ministries. His research on diplomats and diplomatic institutions intersects with broader scholarly interests in the histories of gender, feminism, masculinity, oral history methodology, diplomatic theory and the histories of subjectivity, emotions, and selfhood.

Harry has an ongoing interest in European monarchy, particularly the Dutch and Danish monarchies, and the role of crowned heads of state in national statecraft. Harry has been granted special access to some highly unattainable archives at the Dutch Nationaal Archief, which are not publicly accessible until 2054. He has led a project on Beatrix, former Queen of the Netherlands, culminating in an edited volume: CEO of the Netherlands: The Making of Beatrix, the Last Dutch Queen 1980-2013 (forthcoming) with contributions from Dr Han van Bree and other scholars. 

Other Professional Activities

Harry has been working as a historical advisor for The National Archives UK on a project (with the Education Department) that extends diplomatic history to schools. Previously, he served as Assistant Book Reviews Editor of the International History Review in 2016.

He is a member of the GenDip network, based at the University of Gothenburg, who meet regularly to discuss and write about all things gender and the diplomatic profession. Harry contributes regularly to the Women's History Network; is a member of the British International History Group, the Institute of Historical Research, and the New York – Cambridge Training Collaboration (NYCTC).


  • International History
  • Modern British History

Key Publications

H. Mace, 'The Eurafrique Initiative, Ernest Bevin and Anglo-French Relations in the Foreign Office, 1945-1950', Diplomacy & Statecraft, Vol. 28:4 (2017), pp. 601-618. 

H. Mace, 'French Children Under the Allied Bombs, 1940-1945: An Oral History, by Lindsey Dodd', Women’s History, 9 (Autumn 2017), p. 12. 

H. Mace, Review article in the Journal of Contemporary History special issue,  'Gendering Peace in Europe' (forthcoming, 2019).  

Other Publications

  • 14 September 2017: ‘Kings & Queens: At the Shadow of the Throne’ conference, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distnacia. Paper: ‘From Diplomat to Prince Consort: Claus von Amsberg, the “Nieuwe Mannelijkheid”, and Performing Gender at the Dutch Court, c. 1966-2000’.
  • 8 September 2017: British International History Group, 29th Annual Conference, Keele University. Paper: ‘The Eurafrique Initiative, the Paris Embassy, and the British Foreign Office, c. 1945-1949’.
  • 23 March 2017: Invited to speak at AHRC Network on the Practice of International History in the 21st Century Workshop: ‘The Cultural Turn and its Influence on the Practice of International History’, University of Glasgow. Paper: ‘“Strong Moral Convictions…”: Re-examining the Power of Language and Gendered Assertiveness in the Netherlands and France during the Cold War’. Hear online at:
  • February 2017: Invited as one of three speakers contributing to the School of History Research Symposium, University of Kent. Paper: ‘“The Vogue of Prophesying Doom”: Beatrixism, Dutchness and the Power of Language at the End of the Cold War, c. 1980-1992’.
  • 29 October 2016: ‘The Pursuit of Peace: Campaigns, Movement, and Organisations in the 20th and 21st Century’, University of Essex. Paper: ‘A Framework of Freedom and Peace: Koningin Beatrix, the European Union and Nuclear Disarmament in the Netherlands, c. 1980-1992’.
  • 4-6 September 2015: Women’s History Network Annual Conference, University of Kent. Paper: ‘“CEO of the Netherlands”: Beatrix, the Iron Fist, and Performing Gender at the Dutch Court, 1980-1999’.