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School of Arts and Media

Professor John Callaghan

Professor of Politics and Contemporary History



University of Essex

University of Manchester


Political Theory

Politics and History of Socialism

Labour’s Century

Issues in Contemporary History

International History

Research Interests

Politics and History of Socialism

International History since 1789

Political Ideologies

Qualifications and Memberships

Political Studies Association


British Trotskyism: Theory and Practice, (Blackwell, Oxford, 1984)

The Far Left in British Politics, (Blackwell, Oxford, 1987)

Socialism in Britain Since 1884, (Blackwell, Oxford, 1990)

Rajani Palme Dutt: A Study in British Stalinism (Lawrence & Wishart, London, 1993)

Great Power Complex: British Imperialism, International Crises and National Economic Decline, (Pluto Press, London, 1997)

Cold War, Conflict and Crisis: The History of the CPGB, 1951-68 (Lawrence and Wishart, London, 2003)

British Labour and Foreign Policy: A History (Routledge, London, 2007)

Ideologies of US Foreign Policy: From Pearl Harbor to the Present (Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy), London: Routledge, 2013, with Brendon O’Connor

Communism in Britain: A Documentary History (Manchester University Press, 2011), with Ben Harker