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Dr Daniel Laqua

Associate Professor

Department: Humanities

Daniel is a historian of modern and contemporary Europe, with a particular interest in movements and organisations whose activities trancended national boundaries. In this context, he has worked on the causes promoted by socialists, anarchists, pacifists, humanitarians, student activists and anti-racist camaigners.

 

Daniel joined Northumbria University in 2009. Between 2013 and 2018, he served as Programme Leader for the BA History and BA History & Politics, and between 2010 and 2014, he coordinated Northumbria University's European exchanges across the Humanities. Since 2017, he has been Head of History.

Daniel Laqua

Qualifications

  • History PhD
  • History MSt
  • History BA
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Daniel’s research deals with transnational movements and associations in 19th/20th-century Europe. He is particularly interested in competing conceptualisations of global order, the ways in which campaigners sought to effect change at the international level, and the relationship between nationalism and internationalism. Daniel has special expertise in the history of international organisations, covering the work of the League of Nations as well as the associations set up by activists. He has edited two volumes that relate to this research area, Internationalism Reconfigured: Transnational Ideas and Movements between the World Wars (London, 2011) and, with Wouter Van Acker and Christophe Verbruggen, International Organizations and Global Civil Society: Histories of the Union of International Associations (London, 2019).

 

Daniel first monograph – The Age of Internationalism and Belgium, 1880–1930: Peace, Progress and Prestige – was published by Manchester University Press in 2013. The study examined European internationalism through the prism of congresses, conferences and campaigns that took place in Belgium. Moreover, in a range of articles, he has covered the efforts of peace groups, humanitarian campaigners, revolutionaries, student activists and intellectuals who construed their aims as transcending national categories. Much of this work is feeding into a forthcoming monograph that traces political 'campaigns beyond borders' between 1889 and 2001. Daniel has also co-edited special journal issues on histories of humanitarianism (Journal of Modern European History, 2014) and on transnational solidarities (European Review of History, 2014).

 

At present, Daniel is working on the history of student activism in the period from the interwar years to the early Cold War. Iniitial findings from his work in this area feature in a 2017 article in The English Historical Review. This project has generated funded research projects (run together with Georgina Brewis, UCL Institute of Education) and collaborations with the National Union of Students and the Workers’ Educational Associations.

Key Publications

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  • Rocking Against the Right, Laqua, D. 1 Oct 2018, In: History Workshop Journal
  • Activism in the 'Students' League of Nations': International Student Politics and the Confédération Internationale des Étudiants, 1919–1939, Laqua, D. 4 Jul 2017, In: The English Historical Review
  • Democratic Politics and the League of Nations: The Labour and Socialist International as a Protagonist of Interwar Internationalism, Laqua, D. May 2015, In: Contemporary European History
  • Freethinkers, Anarchists and Francisco Ferrer: The Making of a Transnational Solidarity Campaign, Laqua, D. 4 Sep 2014, In: European Review of History
  • Pacifism in Fin-de-Siècle Austria: The Politics and Limits of Peace Activism, Laqua, D. Mar 2014, In: The Historical Journal
  • The Age of Internationalism and Belgium, 1880-1930: peace, progress and prestige, Laqua, D. 2013
  • Transnational intellectual cooperation, the League of Nations, and the problem of order, Laqua, D. 2011, In: Journal of Global History
  • Internationalism Reconfigured: Transnational ideas and movements between the World Wars, Laqua, D. Feb 2011
  • The Tensions of Internationalism: Transnational Anti-Slavery in the 1880s and 1890s, Laqua, D. 2011, In: The International History Review


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