Phillip Dehne, Ph.D.

Phillip Dehne, Ph.D.

Executive Dean and Professor

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Ph.D. in History, Syracuse University

B.A. in History, Lafayette College


Phillip Dehne’s most recent book is After the Great War: Economic Warfare and the Promise of Peace in Paris 1919 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). It examines the theme of international economic controls at the Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War, by looking at the conference experience of Lord Robert Cecil, the onetime British Minister of Blockade.  While following Cecil from committee meeting to dinner party, the book uncovers the transformation of the Allied blockade by those who were crafting the peace, and suggests new reasons to reappraise the efforts of the oft-maligned creators of the Versailles Treaty.  By building on ideas that arose during the waging of the First World War, the Paris Conference played a central role in creating the modern concept of international economic sanctions, which were then embedded within the unique new international creation of the Conference, the League of Nations. Dehne is also the author of On the Far Western Front: Britain’s First World War in South America (Manchester University Press, 2009), along with various articles related to economic conflict during the First World War.

Select Publications

After the Great War:  Economic Warfare and the Promise of Peace in Paris 1919  London:  Bloomsbury, 2019. 

On the Far Western Front:  Britain’s First World War in South America.  Manchester and New York:  Manchester University Press, 2009.

(Forthcoming) “Rival, ally, or subordinate? Judging Anglo-American relations in Latin America during the First World War” in Thomas C. Mills and Rory M. Miller (eds.), Britain and the Growth of US Hegemony in Twentieth-Century Latin America.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

“América Latina en la estrategia global de Gran Bretaña,” in Olivier Compagnon, Camille Foulard, Guillemette Martin and María Inés Tato (eds.), La Gran Guerra en América Latina. Una historia conectada   Mexico City:  CEMCA, el Institut des Hautes Etudes de l'Amérique Latine y el Centre de Recherche et de Documentation des Amérique, 2018.

“The Ministry of Blockade and the fate of Free Trade during the First World War” Twentieth Century British History (27: 2016):  333-356. 2016.  (Awarded the triennial Bailey Prize in 2017 for the best article written by a member of the New York State Association of European Historians)

“Profiting despite the Great War:  Argentina’s grain multinationals,” in Andrew Smith, Kevin D. Tennent, and Simon Mollan (eds.), The Impact of the First World War on International Business.  London:  Routledge, 2016. 

“How important was Latin America to the First World War?” Iberoamericana:  America Latina - España – Portugal  53 (March 2014):  151-166.