Dr Daniel Larsen
I am a historian of American and British foreign policy and intelligence in the first half of the twentieth century, including an interest in its political, economic, and legal dimensions.
I have focussed especially on Anglo-American relations and British war policy in the First World War era, with an emphasis on the role of British intelligence. My first book, Plotting for Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2021), re-examines American peace diplomacy and the British diplomatic and political response to it during 1914 to 1917, alongside an exploration of the Anglo-American economic relationship. I am especially interested in the role of codebreaking and economics in shaping foreign policy, cultures of secrecy in government, and the history of ideas concerning the conduct of foreign policy.
I previously held a fixed-term University Lectureship in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, and a Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. My MPhil and PhD degrees are from Christ's College, Cambridge, and I completed my BA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
I am a co-convenor of the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar.
I currently supervise history papers 6 (British Political History since 1880), 11 (British Economic and Social History since 1880), and 24 (American History since 1865), as well as politics paper POL14 (U.S. Foreign Policy).
American and British diplomatic, intelligence, political, economic, and legal history
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Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ