Professor Sabine Lee

Professor Sabine Lee

Department of History
Professor in Modern History

Contact details

Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Having graduated from the University of Düsseldorf with a degree in mathematics, history and philosophy I completed an M.Phil in International Relations and PhD in Modern History at the University of Cambridge. I took up a lectureship in European history at the University of Hull in 1993 before joining the Department of Modern History here at Birmingham in 1994.


Sabine Lee is a Professor in Modern History at the University of Birmingham. After studying history, mathematics and philosophy at Düsseldorf University, which she completed with a Staatsexamen in 1989, she obtained an M.Phil in International Relations at the University of Cambridge in 1990. She continued her studies at Cambridge with a project on Anglo-German Relations after the Second World War under David Reynolds. This resulted in a doctoral dissertation which was submitted in 1992.

In January 1993, she joined the Department of European Studies at the University of Hull as Lecturer in Modern History. Since September 1994 she has been at the Department of Modern History here at Birmingham.

Postgraduate supervision

Listed below are the fields in which Sabine Lee is able to offer supervision of research postgraduates.

  • 20th century British history
  • History of European integration
  • 20th century international relations
  • 19th and 20th century history of science (particularly mathematics and physics)
  • Modern German history, especially 19th and 20th centuries
  • National Socialism
  • War Studies, 19th and 20th century  (in particular diplomatic, strategic and social aspects)
  • The Cold War in Europe
  • Children Born of War; Children and War


Sabine’s current research is located in two distinct areas. More recently, she has engaged in studies of children born of war, that is children fathered by foreign soldiers and born to local mothers in conflict and post-conflict situations. She is involved in the international interdisciplinary research network on children born of war and had published several papers on issues such as the human rights of children born of war, specific case studies and historical comparisons of such children throughout the 20th century.

The second are of research concerns the history of 20th century science, and in particular physics. Sabine has recently co-edited a volume on the Nucleon-Nucleon Interaction and the Nuclear Many-body Problem and she is currently working on a Festschrift for the American theoretical physicist Gerald E. Brown. Prior to this, Sabine edited  a selection of the private and scientific correspondence of the physicist Rudolf Peierls. She has also published an edition of the complete correspondence of Nobel Laureate Hans Bethe and Rudolf Peierls.

Past research

After earlier research on refugees and expellees and their organisations in post-war Germany, Sabine turned to 20th century international relations. Here she focussed in particular on British-German relations after 1945 and post-war European integration and co-operation. More recently she has studied some questions of 20th century scientific developments and the interplay between science and politics.



20thcentury international relations; contemporary German history and politics;European integration; post-war British-German relations;  20th century history of science; conflictand security studies; consequences of war; children born of war

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