Beatrice Heuser

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Donata Beatrice Gisela Heuser (born March 15, 1961 in Bangkok ) is a historian and political scientist . From 2000 to 2003 she was Professor of International Relations and Strategic Studies at the Department of War Studies, King's College London and from 2003 to 2005 Research Director at the Military History Research Office (MGFA) in Potsdam. From 2007 to 2017 she was Professor of International Relations at the University of Reading . She has held the first Chair in International Relations at the University of Glasgow since 2017 .


Heuser was born in 1961 in Bangkok, Thailand , the daughter of a scientist and a doctor working at the Goethe Institute . She attended the German School in Istanbul from 1975 to 1978 , where she graduated from high school in 1978 . She studied history from 1978 to 1982 at Bedford College and the London School of Economics and Political Science at the University of London (BA Hons. In History, MA in International History) and from 1983 to 1985 at St Antony's College and from 1985 to 1987 at St John's College of the University of Oxford studied. Heuser obtained a D.Phil from Michael Howard (historian) and Richard Kindersley in 1987 . (Thesis: Yugoslavia in Western Cold War policies, 1948–1953 ). In 1982/83 she studied chemistry and pharmacy at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn .

In 1988/89 she worked for the Science and Politics Foundation (SWP) and from 1989 to 1991 as SSRC -MacArthur Foundation postdoctoral fellow in International Peace and Security for the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. In 1991 she taught at the University of Reims (France). Afterwards, Heuser was first a lecturer and from 2000 to 2003 held the Chair in International and Strategic Studies at the Department of War Studies, King's College London . 1996 habilitation they are in New story on nuclear strategy at the University of Marburg / Lahn. The work was u. a. supported by the German Historical Institute Paris ; the historian Peter Krüger accompanied them in Marburg. From 1995 to 1997 she worked for the UK Ministry of Defense , 1995/96 for the European Commission and 1997/98 for NATO (during the Kosovo war ) at SHAPE in Brussels as a consultant. From 1998 to 2001 she was a knowledgeable advisor to the UK House of Commons Defense Committee .

From 2003 to 2005 she was research director at the Military History Research Office (MGFA) in Potsdam, where she was also co-editor of the Military History Journal (2003–2009). At the end of 2005 she left the MGFA at her own request. In 2004/05 she taught at the University of Potsdam and from 2005 to 2007 at the University of the Armed Forces in Munich in Neubiberg. From 2011 to 2012 Heuser was visiting professor at the University of Paris VIII (St Denis) and 2012 at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne). In 2017 she was again visiting professor on a Chair of Excellence at the Sorbonne and in the first half of 2018 she held the Vincent Wright visiting professor for British scholars at Sciences Po 'Paris.

Heuser's research focuses on strategic studies , in particular nuclear strategy , strategic theory and strategic culture, asymmetric wars and counterinsurgency (COIN), transatlantic relations and the defense policy of Germany, France and Great Britain. She is also considered a proven Clausewitz expert. She is currently on the scientific advisory board of the research project “Guerre et Société” at the Académie des sciences morales et politiques , supervised by Jean Baechler . She is also a member of the “Frontières” research group led by Lori Maguire and Bertrand van Ruymbeke at the University of Paris VIII (St Denis). She is on the editorial boards of Cold War History (since 1998), the RUSI Journal (since 2004) and the Journal of Strategic Studies (since 2005). She / she performed other advisory activities for the House of History (since 2004), the Institute for Contemporary History (2004–2011), the Clausewitz Society (2004–2013) and the Allied Museum (1997–2003). From 2004 to 2012 she was a member of the Joint Commission for Research into the Recent History of German-Russian Relations . She is a member of the Board of Trustee of the Center for Contemporary Historical Research (ZZF) in Potsdam and a member of the Royal United Services Institution (RUSI) and the British International Studies Association .

Fonts (selection)


  • Strategy since Clausewitz: Linking Warfare and Statecraft, 1400-1830 (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017).
  • Rebels, partisans, guerrillas: Asymmetrical wars from antiquity to today (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2010).
  • Thinking about war: The development of strategy since antiquity (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2010), published in English as The Evolution of Strategy from Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge: Polity, 2010); in French as Penser la Guerre (Paris: Picard, 2013).
  • Read Clausewitz! (Munich: Oldenbourg, 2005), published in English as Reading Clausewitz (London: Pimlico, 2002).
  • The Bomb: Nuclear Weapons in their Historical, Strategic and Ethical Context . In the series: Turning Points in History (London: Longman's, 1999).
  • Nuclear Mentalities? Strategies and Belief Systems in Britain, France and the FRG (London: Macmillan, 1998).
  • NATO, Britain, France and the FRG: Nuclear Strategies and Forces for Europe, 1949-2000 (London: Macmillan, 1997).
  • Transatlantic Relations: Sharing Ideals and Costs Chatham House Paper (London: Pinter for RIIA, 1996).
  • Western Containment Policies in the Cold War. The Yugoslav Case, 1948-1953 (London & New York: Routledge, 1989).
  • Think the war. The evolution of strategy since ancient times. Schöningh, Paderborn 2010, ISBN 978-3-506-76832-2 .
  • Rebels, partisans, guerrillas. Asymmetric wars from ancient times to today. Schöningh, Paderborn 2013, ISBN 978-3-506-77605-1 .


  • (with Eitan Shamir): Insurgencies and Counterinsurances: National Styles and Strategic Cultures (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).
  • Small Wars and Insurgencies in Theory and Practice, 1500–1850 (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015).
  • The Strategy Makers: Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz (Santa Barbara: Praeger-ABC Clio, 2010).
  • Carl von Clausewitz : On War . Abridged edition in the series Oxford Classics (Oxford University Press, 2006).
  • (with Anja Victorine Hartmann ): Thinking War, Peace and World Orders from Antiquity until the 20th century (London: Routledge, 2001).
  • (with Cyril Buffet ): Haunted by History: Myths in International Relations (Oxford: Berghahn, 1998).
  • (with Robert J. O'Neill ): Securing Peace in Europe, 1945-62: Thoughts for the Post-Cold War Era (London: Macmillan, 1992).
  • Nuclear Weapons and the Future of European Security , London Defense Studies No. 8 (1991).


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Beatrice Heuser: Western Containment Policies in the Cold War: The Yugoslav Case, 1948–53 . London 1989, pp. Ix.
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