Jonathan Haslam

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Jonathan Haslam
Nationality British
Academic background
Alma mater London School of Economics
Academic work
Discipline Historian
Institutions Institute for Advanced Study
Main interests History of the Soviet Union

Jonathan Haslam (born January 15, 1951) is George F. Kennan Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Professor of the History of International Relations at the University of Cambridge with a special interest in the former Soviet Union. He has written many books about Soviet foreign policy and ideology.

Education and career

Jonathan Haslam studied at the London School of Economics (B.Sc.Econ 1972), Trinity College, Cambridge (M.Litt. 1978), and was awarded his Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham in 1984. He has lectured at many institutions including: the University of Birmingham 1975–84; Johns Hopkins University, 1984–86; University of California, Berkeley, 1987–88; King’s College, Cambridge, 1988–92; Yale University 1996; Harvard University, 2001; Stanford University, 1986–87, 1994, 2005; and the University of Cambridge 1991–2015.

Haslam joined the faculty of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study on July 1, 2015.[1]

Most of Haslam's works deal with the history of the Soviet Union. During his tenure at the University of Cambridge he wrote:[2]

My first political memory was the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. It was the only time I saw my father afraid as he thought it entirely possible–through his London contacts–that we would all be blown up. Now I know how close we came. I have thus spent most of my life in pursuit of an explanation for the Cold War by focusing on the Soviet Union.


  • Near and Distant Neighbors: A New History of Soviet Intelligence, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015, ISBN 0374219907
  • Russia’s Cold War: From the October Revolution to the Fall of the Wall, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011, ISBN 0300188196
  • The Nixon Administration and the Death of Allende's Chile: A Case of Assisted Suicide, London, New York: Verso, 2005, ISBN 1844670309
  • The Soviet Union and the Threat from the East, Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992, ISBN 0822911671
  • The Soviet Union and the Politics of Nuclear Weapons in Europe, 1969-87, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1990, ISBN 0801423945
  • The Soviet Union and the Struggle for Collective Security in Europe, 1933-39, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1984, ISBN 0312749082
  • Soviet Foreign Policy, 1930-33: The Impact of the Depression, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1983, ISBN 0312748388


  1. ^ Jonathan Haslam Appointed George F. Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, June 11, 2015
  2. ^ Professor Jonathan Haslam: Professor of History of International Relations, University of Cambridge Archived 2016-03-10 at the Wayback Machine., The British Academy for the humanities and social sciences, 2009

External links

  • Home page of Jonathan Haslam at The Institute for Advanced Study
  • Home page of Jonathan Haslam at University of Cambridge
  • Curriculum vitae of Jonathan Haslam at the Institute for Advanced Study
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