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Dr Martin Folly
Reader in International History

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I studied for my PhD under Donald Cameron Watt and Antony Best at the London School of Economics, and then worked as a research assistant on a project ‘Western Defence and the Origins and Evolution of NATO, 1947 - 1953’ at the West London Institute of Higher Education under Geoffrey Matthews. I then became lecturer in American Studies at WLIHE, and director of Studies for American Studies at Brunel. I am now Reader in International History. I am a committee member of the British International Historians Group of the British International Studies Association (BISA), and a member of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). I have also had a long and varied career as an amateur actor and guileful off-spinner.


  • BA (Hons) History, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
  • MA Cambridge University
  • PhD International History, London School of Economics, University of London
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society


PhD London School of Economics


I am a Vice-Chancellor's Representative (Academic).

I am Deputy Division Lead for Politics and History

Newest selected publications

Folly, MH. (2021) '‘They treat us with scant respect’: prejudice and pride in British Military Liaison with the Soviet Union in the Second World War'. The International History Review, 0 (in press). pp. 1127 - 1144. ISSN: 0707-5332 Open Access Link

Journal article

Folly, MH. (2020) 'From Sevastopol to Sukhumi – and back again: British naval liaison in action with the Red Navy in the Black Sea, 1941-1945'. War in History, 28 (4). pp. 870 - 888. ISSN: 0968-3445 Open Access Link

Journal article

Folly, M., Roberts, G. and Rzheshevsky, O. (2020) 'Churchill and Stalin. Comrades--in-Arms During the Second World War'. Barnsley, United Kingdom: Pen & Sword Military. ISSN 13: 978-1781590492


Folly, MH. (2017) 'British Attempts to Forge a Political Partnership with the Kremlin, 1942-3'. Journal of Contemporary History, 53 (1). pp. 185 - 211. ISSN: 0022-0094 Open Access Link

Journal article

Folly, MH. (2016) 'W. Averell Harriman, 1946', inThe Embassy in Grosvenor Square: American Ambassadors to the United Kingdom, 1938-2008. Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 64 - 84. ISBN 13: 9780230280625.

Book chapter
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