Dr Sue Onslow

Contact details

Name:
Dr Sue Onslow
Position:
Senior Lecturer; Deputy Institute Director
Institute:
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Phone:
0207 862 8882
Email address:
sue.onslow@sas.ac.uk

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, Contemporary History, History, International Relations
Regions:
Africa, Asia, Australasia, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

British foreign policy and decolonisation; Southern Africa (particularly South Africa and Zimbabwe); the Commonwealth.

Languages:
Spoken Written
French Good Intermediate
Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
16-Apr-2018 Robert Mugabe

Monographs

 Co-authored book, with Martin Plaut.

A concise biography of former Prime Minister and President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe.

Published by Ohio University Press

ISBN: 139780821423240

 

 

01-Jun-2017 Interview with Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma (2008-2016)

01-May-2017 Interview with Billie Miller, posted May 2017

Research aids

01-May-2017 Interview with Abdul Minty, posted May 2017

Research aids

01-May-2017 Sara Rich Dorman, Understanding Zimbabwe: from liberation to authoritarianism and beyond (London Hurst, 2016)

Review

 International Affairs, Volume 93, Issue 3, 1 May 2017

01-May-2017 Gary Baines, South Africa’s Border War. Contested Narratives and Conflicting Memories, London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Review

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015; Journal of Contemporary History 52(1), May 2017

21-Mar-2017 Muehlenbeck, P. (2016). Czechoslovakia in Africa, 1945–1968.

Review

 Basingstoke: Palgrave, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol.27, 3 (2016)

04-Jan-2016 Interview with Dorienne Rowan Campbell, posted January 2016

Research aids

04-Jan-2016 S Emerson, The Battle for Mozambique. The Frelimo-Renamo Struggle, 1977-1992

Review

Cold War History, Vol 16, 2, January 2016

01-Jan-2016 Unpopular sovereignty: Rhodesian independence and African decolonization

Review

 Unpopular sovereignty: Rhodesian independence and African decolonization, Luise White. H-Diplo

, 2016

01-Jul-2015 The Commonwealth, the Cold War, Neutralism and Non Alignment

Articles

 The International History Review, Volume 37, Issue 5, 2015

11-Feb-2015 Choosing a New Secretary General: More Politicking?

Articles

The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs 2015, Volume 104, issue 1, pp.57-61

01-Jul-2014 National Liberation Movements in Power by Roger Southall

Review

 International Affairs, Volume 90, Issue 4, pages 959–1010, July 2014. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2346.12150

01-Jul-2014 Visions of Freedom

Review

 Visions of Freedom. Piero Gleijeses, in H-Diplo Roundtable, XV 41, July 2014

01-Feb-2014 The Rhodesia Counter-insurgency, intelligence and interrogation, in Christopher Andrews and

Chapters

01-Jan-2014 The Rhodesia Counter-insurgency, intelligence and interrogation

Chapters

Chapter in edited volume:

The Rhodesia Counter-insurgency, intelligence and interrogation, in Christopher Andrews and Simona Tobia (eds) Interrogation in War and Conflict. A comparative and interdisciplinary analysis. (Routledge, 2014) ISBN 97800-415-82803-1

01-Jan-2014 National Liberation Movements in Power

Review

 National Liberation Movements in Power, Roger Southall, International Affairs 2014

01-Oct-2013 Southern Africa in the Cold War, post-1974

Edited Book

A  unique edited collection of academic papers, interactive oral history interviews, and primary documents on four distinct aspects of the Cold War in Southern Africa: The Angolan & Mozambique crisis; the Rhodesia/Zimbabwe conflict; the South West Africa/Nambia confrontation; South Africa apartheid and the national liberation struggle. This will appear in both printed and electronic form, published by the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC.

01-Jan-2013 Resistance to Winds of Change: The emergence of the ‘Unholy Alliance’ between Southern Rhodesia, Portugal and South Africa 1964-1965, in Sarah Stockwell and Larry Butler (ed) Harold Macmillan and Wind of Change: 50 Years On. (forthcoming 2013)

Chapters

01-Jan-2013 The Man on the Spot: Christopher Soames and the independence of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia (British Scholar, 2013)

Articles

01-Jan-2012 Introduction, CWIHP e-Dossier No 35 on Robert Mugabe and Todor Zhivkov,

Research aids

01-Jan-2010 ‘The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale’. Media space and the End of the Cold War in Southern Africa’ in Kalinovsky,A and Radchenko, The End of the Cold War in The Third World (Routledge, 2010)

Chapters

01-Jan-2010 Zimbabwe and Political Transition: ZANU-PF as Liberation Movement, Party of Government, and Government of National Unity. Situation Report, Africa International Affairs Programme, LSE IDEAS. www.lse.ac.uk/ideas

Papers

01-Jan-2009 ‘Zimbabwe 17/18th April 1980: “You have a Jewel. Don’t waste it.” in R Holland, S Williams and T Berringer (ed) ‘Freedoms at Midnight’: The Iconography of Independence’ (Routledge, 2009)

Articles

01-Jan-2009 Chris Saunders and Sue Onslow, chapter: Southern Africa in the Cold War 1976-1990 in A Westad and M Leffler (eds) Cambridge History of the Cold War, Volume III (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Chapters

01-Jan-2009 ‘Noises Off’: South Africa and the Lancaster House settlement 1979-1980’, JSAS Special Issue: Liberation Struggles, Exile and International Solidarity, Journal of Southern African Studies, 35, 2 (2009).

Articles

01-Jan-2009 Zimbabwe – Land and The Lancaster House Settlement, British Scholar, Vol II, Issue 1, September 2009

Articles

01-Jan-2009 ‘The Ultimate Imperial Adventurer: Julian Amery’ in WR Louis (ed.) Ultimate Adventures with Britannia, (IB Tauris 2009)

Chapters

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Details
Frank Gerits, European Institute, Florence (November 2014)

 Frank Gerits, European Institute, Florence (November 2014)

'Why Did You Fight?' Narratives of the Rhodesian war c.1970-1980

An oral history project, interviewing 118 former members of the Rhodesian security forces involved in the counter-insurgency/war of liberation in Rhodesia. Transcripts of interviews are deposited in the archives at the University of the West of England.

An Oral History of the modern Commonwealth

Research facilitation project involving publication of 65+ interviews with leading Commonwealth politicians, civil servants, diplomats and journalists. These interviews cover the period 1965-2012, and address major themes in Commonwealth diplomacy and activities since the appointment of the first Secretary General and creation of the Commonwealth Secretariat in 1965.

Flavia Gasbarri, King’s College London (December 2014)

 Flavia Gasbarri, King’s College London (December 2014)

Jazliza Jamaluddin, University of Nottingham (forthcoming 2015)

 Jazliza Jamaluddin, University of Nottingham (forthcoming 2015)

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Cold War Studies Programme, LSE IDEAS
Cold War History
IB Tauris (Publishers)
Royal Historical Society Fellow
The Round Table Editorial Board

Collaborations:

Name Type Activity Start date End date
Africa International Affairs Programme, LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics Associate 03-Sep-2012 01-Sep-2015
Young People in Foreign Affairs, South Africa Advisory Board member 03-Jan-2011
Marjan Centre for Confict and Conservation, King's College, London Advisory Board member 01-Sep-2010
Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
11-Nov-2015 Legacies of Rhodesian UDI, Zimbabwe/Rhodesia Histories

 Legacies of Rhodesian UDI, Zimbabwe/Rhodesia Histories, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 11-12 November 2015

05-Nov-2015 A Luta Continua, 40 Years Later: Entangled Histories and Legacies of Empire in Southern Africa”

 University of Witwatersrand, November 2015

04-Nov-2015 Legacies of UDI

Rhodesian UDI Workshop, University of Bristol, 4 November 2015

21-Oct-2015 Legacies of Empire workshop

 Legacies of Empire workshop, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 21-22 October 2015

15-Oct-2015 Programme for BBC Monitoring workshop on the Cold War

 Programme for BBC Monitoring workshop on the Cold War: IWM London, 15 October 2015

01-Aug-2015 Mozambique and War series

 Mozambique TV interview (Mozambique and War series) , August 2015

01-Jul-2015 Royal Historical Society

 Fellow, Royal Historical Society (elected July 2015)

21-Jun-2015 Thatcher and South Africa, SHAFR Annual Conference

 Thatcher and South Africa, SHAFR Annual Conference, Washington DC, 21-23 June 2014

02-Apr-2015 Britain and the Land question at Lancaster House 1979, British Scholar Annual Conference

 Britain and the Land question at Lancaster House 1979, British Scholar Annual Conference, University of Austin Texas, 2-4 April 2015

01-Mar-2015 Historiographies of the Cold War: Taking Stock and Providing New Perspectives

 Historiographies of the Cold War: Taking Stock and Providing New Perspectives, Berlin Center for Cold War Studies, March 2015

01-Feb-2015 Oral History workshop

 Oral History workshop, School of Advanced Study, February 2015

01-Dec-2014 Mandela: Myth and Reality

 Mandela: Myth and Reality, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, December 2014 (co-organiser)

01-Aug-2014 The Round Table

 The Round Table (editorial Board)

24-Jul-2014 All Things Considered: The Commonwealth

 Radio Wales (‘All Things Considered’, June 2014)

23-Jul-2014 Tina C’s Commonwealth of Nations

 Radio 4, Tina C’s Commonwealth of Nations (July 2014)

01-Jul-2014 Oral History of the Commonwealth

 Oral History of the Commonwealth, University of New Lisbon, July 2014

10-Mar-2014 Commonwealth Questions: Dr Sue Onslow

 Radio 3, The Essay

02-Jan-2014 Contribution, Ministers Reference Book

 Contribution, Ministers Reference Book: Commonwealth 2014 [Nelson Mandela and the Commonwealth]

Commonwealth Oral Histories

Launch on the occasion of the Malta Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Valetta November 2015

Commonwealth Oral Histories

Launch on the occasion of the Malta Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Valetta November 2015

Commonwealth Oral Histories

Launch on the occasion of the Malta Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Valetta November 2015

Other editing/publishing activities:

Date Details
2015 Cold War History

 Editorial Board, and Managing Editor

2015 Cold War History

 Peer-reviewed four articles

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