Dr Steve Morewood

Department of History
Senior Lecturer in International History

Contact details

Address
Arts Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Fellow Royal Historical Society

Teaching

  • 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

Steve Morewood's research interests include political, strategic and economic history of the modern East Mediterranean region (19th and 20th centuries). He is 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 he intends to write a history of the rise and fall of British dominance over the Suez Canal.

Research

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.

Publications

Recent publications

Book

Morewood, S 2013, Defending Greece Against Nazi Germany: Diplomacy, Strategy and the Eden Dill Mission in World War Two. I.B. Tauris.

Article

Morewood, S & Mallett, R 2015, 'The Political and Strategic Dynamics of the Italo-Ethiopian Crisis, 1932-1936: Part I: Origins and Perspectives', Global War Studies.

Morewood, S & Stephens, E 2009, ''The Cultural Turn in the US - Israeli Relationship'', Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication - 06.03, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 13-32.

Morewood, S 2008, ''Eden's Balkan Odyssey'', History Today, vol. 58, no. 9, pp. 34-51.

Morewood, S 2006, 'Mikhael Gorbachev and the Collapse of the Soviet Union', History Teaching Yearbook, vol. 20, pp. 61-68.

Morewood, S 2006, 'Suez: The Canal before the Crisis', History Today, vol. 56, no. 11, pp. 38-50.

Chapter

Morewood, S 2013, This Silly African Business: An Anatomy of the Baldwin Government's Muted response towards Italian Aggression. in WB Strang (ed.), International Dimensions of the Italo-Abyssinian Crisis. Ashgate.

Morewood, S & Smith, SC (ed.) 2008, Prelude to the Suez Crisis: The Rise and Fall of British Dominance over the Suez Canal 1869-1956. in Reassessing Suez 1956: New Perspectives on the Crisis and Its Aftermath. Ashgate, pp. 13-34.

Morewood, S & Smith, SC 2008, Reassessing Suez 1956. in 'Prelude to the Suez Crisis: The Rise and Fall of British Dominance over the Suez Canal 1869-1956'.

Morewood, S, Atkin, N (ed.) & Biddiss, MI (ed.) 2008, The Origins of the Second World War in Europe. in Themes in Modern European History 1890-1945. Routledge, pp. 273-312.

Morewood, S, Atkin, N & Biddis, M 2008, Themes in Modern European History 1890-1945. in 'The origins of World War Two in Europe'.

Morewood, S, Oliver, MJ & Oldcroft, DH 2007, The Demise of the Command Economies in the Soviet Union and its Outer Empire. in Economic Disasters of the 20th Century.

Book/Film/Article review

Morewood, S 2010, 'The United States & the Making of Modern Greece. History & Power, 1950-1974', Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 116-116.

Morewood, S 2008, 'Stirring the Greek Nation: Political Culture, Irredentism and Anti-Americanism in Post-War Greece, 1945-1967', Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 243-245.

Morewood, S 2008, 'US Policy towards Israel: The Role of Political Culture in Defining the "Special Relationship"', Journal of American Studies, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 609-610. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021875808005811

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