skip to primary navigationskip to content

Harry J. Mace

Harry J.  Mace

PhD Researcher in Modern European History

Girton College
Huntingdon Road


Harry Mace is a historian of gender working on European diplomacy and masculinities at Girton College, University of 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 post-1945 diplomatic and gender histories; diplomatic masculinities and elite women in high politics. Harry is working currently on a project examining the roles, recruitment and experiences of women and homosexuals in the British and French Foreign Ministries at the end of the Cold War. He has published elsewhere on gender and the practice of international history, Anglo-French relations and European diplomacy in the 1940s, and is finalising an edited collection on gender politics and Dutch diplomacy throughout the 1980s and 1990s. 

Research Interests

Harry's research to date has focused on British foreign policy, the Eurafrican project in Anglo-French relations, gendering French diplomacy and the role of women in the Quai d'Orsay, and European diplomacy throughout the Cold War. Harry has been granted special access to some highly unattainable archives, not publicly accessible until 2054, at the Dutch Nationaal Archief. He led a project on Beatrix, former Queen of the Netherlands (1980-2013) and he 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 at Leiden University 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 and is a member of the British International History Group alongside 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’.