Dr Edward Packard is a modern international historian, with particular interests in aspects of British and European twentieth-century history. He joined the History team in September 2010 after obtaining his PhD in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2009. He also holds a BA in History, with first class honours, from the LSE (2003) and an MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge (2004). Dr Packard is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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The Rise of the West: 1500-1905
The Decline of the West? 1905-2001
Europe in the Age of Total War, 1914-1945
The Cold War
A History of Genocide
The Group Project: Work-related learning in History
Dr Packard’s is currently researching the Basque refugee children who came to Britain in 1937 as a result of the Spanish Civil War. He is particularly interested in the Basque ‘colonies’ that were established in Suffolk, and in the role of education and football in the children’s experiences.
‘Open air free speech: the past, present, and future of Speakers’ Corner’ in C. L. Riley (ed.), The Free Speech Wars: how did we get here and why does it matter? (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2020).
‘The many histories of the Basque refugee children in Britain’, Childhood Remixed, 2018.
Dr Packard is a trustee of BCA’37 UK: The Association for the UK Basque Children. He talks about the children to a wide range of audiences, including schools, local history groups and the media. He appeared on an episode of the BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys in January 2020 talking to Michael Portillo about the Basque refugee children who came to Ipswich in 1937.
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy