Dr Steve Morewood

Department of History
Senior Lecturer in International History

Contact details

Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I specialise in the impact of Great Power intervention in the Balkans and Middle East, especially in terms of diplomacy and conflict.

I came to Birmingham after teaching spells at Leicester and Manchester universities. During my tenure at Birmingham I have developed a number of modules centred on the Eastern Mediterranean as well as developing my research interests in the region. In particular, the origins of the Second World War in Europe, with particular focus on the Italo-Abyssinian Crisis and its ramifications, the Anglo-Greek special relationship in both world wars, the Desert War, and the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.


  • PhD, Fellow Royal Historical Society


  • Great Power Rivalry in the Eastern Mediterranean, 10 credits
  • Problems of World History in the Twentieth Century, 10 credits
  • End of Empire (1st year), 10 credits
  • Empire to Nation State: Greece and Turkey, 40 credits
  • Conflict in the Modern Middle East, 20 credits
  • America as a World Power, 20  credits
  • War and Peace in the Modern World, 20 credits
  • Dissertations (3rd years) covering the above themes

Postgraduate supervision

  • M Phil B in Modern East Mediterranean History
  • M Phil A in Modern East Mediterranean History
  • PhD

Find out more - our PhD History  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Political, strategic and economic history of the modern East Mediterranean region (19th & 20th centuries). I am writing a book called Defending Greece against Nazi Germany: Diplomacy, Strategy and the Eden-Dill Mission. A chapter has been completed on Britain and the Italo-Abyssinian Crisis for G.B.Strang ed.Clash of Empires: International Responses to the Italian Invasion of Abyssinia (Ashgate, forthcoming). Beyond these I intend to write a history of the rise and fall of British dominance over the Suez Canal.

Other activities

I am a committee member of the British International History Group, a member of the Royal United Services Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Currently I am external examiner for the History department at the University of Hull. Contributor to History Today.


  • ‘Hang Tough and Stay the Course’: Ronald Reagan and Ending the Cold War’ in History Teaching Year Book, 2010
  • ‘The Italo-Abyssinian Crisis as a Tilting Point towards World war Two’ in History teaching Year Book, 2009
  • ‘The Rise and Fall of British Domination of the Suez Canal, 1869-1956’, in S.C.Smith ed. Reassessing Suez Fifty Years On (Ashgate, 2008)
  • ‘The Origins of the Second World War in Europe’, in N.Atkins ed. Themes in Modern European History 1890-1945 (Routledge, 2008)
  • The British Defence of Egypt, 1935-1940, London: Frank Cass (2003)
  • 'Europe: The Divided Postwar', in M.Wakeman (ed.) Themes in Modern European History 1945-2000, London: Routledge (2003)
  • 'Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century', in M.Oliver ed. Studies in Economic and Social History, Aldershot: Ashgate (2002)
  • 'Eastern Europe in Transition, 1970-1990' and 'Towards a United Europe, 1990-2000', chapters 9 & 10 in D.H.Aldcroft, The European Economy 1914-2000, London: Routledge, 4th edition (2001)

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