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Harry J. Mace

Harry J.  Mace

PhD Researcher in Modern European History

Girton College
Huntingdon Road


Harry Mace is a PhD researcher in Modern European History at Girton College, Cambridge. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Kent and came to Cambridge to pursue his doctoral studies. His specialism is twentieth-century international history, with a particular interest in European diplomacy, gender, and statecraft. Harry's doctoral thesis examines the gendering of diplomatic identity in the late twentieth-century British Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service. Drawing predominantly on oral history to unearth the gendered subjectivities of British diplomats, the project untangles how constructions of masculinity have shaped public perceptions of Foreign Office culture, the civil servants recruited, and the ruptures caused for the identities and imagined/lived experiences of men and women diplomats. He has published on gender and the practice of international history for a special issue ‘Gendering Peace in Europe’ in the Journal of Contemporary History (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, the gendering of French diplomacy, and the role of women in the British and French Foreign Ministries. He 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 led a project on Beatrix, former Queen of the Netherlands (1980-2013) and is organising these research findings into 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 served as Assistant Book Reviews Editor of the International History Review in 2016. He contributes regularly to the Women's History Network, a member of the British International History Group and the Institute of Historical Research. 


  • International History
  • Modern British History

Key Publications

Harry J. 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. 

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

Harry J. 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’.