Professor Tom Buchanan

Director of Studies in History and Politics; Co-Director, Foundation Certificate in History


Tom Buchanan was educated at Wadham College, Oxford for his BA in History (1982) and at St Antony's. Oxford, for his DPhil (1987).


He teaches C19th and C20th British and European History, with a particular interest in mid-C20th Europe (from the 1930s to the 1960s). He teaches an optional paper on the Spanish Civil War on the Foundation Certificate in Modern History.

Professor Buchanan has supervised DPhil students on topics connected to the Spanish Civil War and British C20th history.

Research interests

Most of Tom's research has been concerned with the impact of the Spanish Civil War on Britain. He published a book on China and the British Left in 2012, and is currently researching the emergence of human rights activism in post-war Britain.



The Spanish Civil War and the British Labour Movement (Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Political Catholicism in Europe, 1918-1965 (co-editied, with Martin Conway), (Oxford University Press, 1996)

Britain and the Spanish Civil War, (Cambridge University Press, 1997)

Europe's Troubled Peace, 1945-2000 (Blackwell's, 2005)

The Impact of the Spanish Civil War on Britain: War, loss and memory (Sussex Academic Press, 2006)

East Wind: China and the British Left:1925-1976 (OUP, 2012)


"Beyond Cable Street: New approaches to the historiography of anti-fascism in Britain in the 1930s", international colloquium on "L'antifascisme en question". Paris (June 2013)

"Idealism, ideology and adventure: Narratives of the Bristish Volunteers in the International Brigades", keynote lecture to the conference of the Society for the Study of Labour History, St Andrews University (November 2013)

"China and the British left in the C20th", University of Leeds History Department seminar (March 2014)

"Amnesty International and the Politics of Human Rights in post-war Britain", Northumbria Univeristy History Department seminar (March 2014)