Dr Rogelia Pastor-Castro

Lecturer

History

Personal statement

Director M.Sc. Historical Studies

I am a Lecturer in International History and my main research interest is the history of international relations since 1945 focusing upon British and French foreign policies. I am particularly interested in the origins of the cold war, post-war European security and integration, and the role of ambassadors and the resident embassy. My research informs the teaching on twentieth century European history and post-war strategies and alliances. 

I am currently working on a Royal Society of Edinburgh Award on a project on Britain and France during World War Two.

I am the Treasurer of the British International History Group and as a committee member I liaise with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and The National Archives on matters relating to declassification and digitisation of records.

I have organised a number of events bringing historians and diplomats together and I have been invited to speak to Military Intelligence.

Embassies in Crisis British Academy

The History, Role and Functions of the British Embassy in Paris  Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Britain and France in War and Peace, in conjunction British Embassy in Paris and l’Institut Français, London.

I speak about history and foreign policy in an interview with Women in Foreign Policy.

@RogeliaPC

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    • International History in the twentieth century
    • Cold War Europe
    • The resident embassy: history, role and function
    • Franco-British relations in the twentieth century
    • French foreign policy since 1919
    • British foreign policy and the cold war

Publications

Oliver Harvey, 1948-1954
Pastor-Castro Rogelia
The Paris EmbassyThe Paris Embassy, (2013)
The Paris Embassy : British Ambassadors and Anglo French Relations
Pastor-Castro Rogelia, Young John
(2013)
Rene Massigli : the view from the french embassy in London, 1945-1954
Pastor-Castro R.
21st Annual Conference of the British International History Group, (2013)
René Massigli’s Mission to London, 1944–1954
Pastor-Castro Rogelia
Diplomacy and Statecraft Vol 24, pp. 1-20, (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09592296.2013.848654
The Quai d'Orsay and the European defence community crisis of 1954
Pastor-Castro R.
History Vol 91, pp. 386-400, (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-229X.2006.00371.x

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Teaching

I teach Twentieth Century International History.

Undergraduate

• Western and Central Europe in the Twentieth Century

• Cold War Europe

• Britain, France and European Unity

I also contribute to a variety of modules:

• History - 20th Century British History

• Historiography ad Research Methods

• French 1a - France in a Global Context

Postgraduate

• Diplomacy, Strategy and Alliance: Britain, France and the United States 1945-1958

• Sources, Skills and Methods for Historians

Research interests

My research mainly focuses on Anglo-French relations and the defence of cold war Europe. This involves examining the diplomatic and strategic considerations with regard to differing conceptions of security on both sides of the Channel. I am interested in the social and political context in which security policies are made. Recent work examined the role of the resident embassy and the impact of ambassadors. My co-edited volume on The Paris Embassy: British Ambassadors and Anglo-French Relations, 1944-79, was the basis for a Witness Seminar at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office entitled The History, Role and Functions of the British Embassy in Paris.

My work is based on research at various archives including The National Archives, Kew, Archives Diplomatiques, Paris, the National Archives, Washington.

I am currently working on a Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network Award on a project exploring Relations between Britain and France in World War Two.

I am the Treasurer of the British International History Group 

Conferences and Projects:

Embassis in Crisis, British Academy in conjunction with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

France and the Second World War in Global Perspective, 1919-45, University of Strathclyde (2-3 July 2015), in conjunction with Global War Studies

Britain and France in War and Peace, in conjunction with the British Embassy in Paris and l'Institut Français, London  

 

Professional activities

Western Security Conference, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Participant
26/1/2017
Franco-British Council Annual Defence Conference
Participant
16/11/2016
Invited speaker at Diplomacy conference
Invited speaker
11/11/2016
Invited to give a talk on the Cold War to Ministry of Defence, Military Intelligence
Contributor
21/6/2016
Embassies in Crisis
Organiser
9/6/2016
The United Nations and international peace and security.
Participant
13/1/2016

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Projects

Strathclyde - ESRC Project Linked Transition DTG | Green, David
Pastor-Castro, Rogelia (Co-investigator) Green, David (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2009 - 30-Jul-2014
Britain and France in War and Peace
Varley, Karine (Academic) Pastor-Castro, Rogelia (Academic)
Period 22-May-2015

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