Peter Mangold

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Peter Mangold (born January 3, 1947 in Kettering , Northamptonshire , † May 2017 ) was a British historian and journalist . He was known for his journalistic work at the BBC and his books, which dealt thematically with various aspects of British power politics.


Peter Mangold was born to German-Jewish parents who emigrated from Germany to Great Britain in the 1930s. He was educated at Bedford School and King's College (Cambridge) where he graduated in history in 1968. He then obtained a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics .

From 1972 to 1977 Mangold worked in the Research Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ; from 1977 he was engaged for more than twenty years with the BBC World Service , where he worked for several years in the Arab service and headed the Bengali service for 10 years. He then retired to his visiting professorship at St Antony's College , Oxford. Mangold wrote several columns for British newspapers such as The Independent, several books in which he dealt with various aspects of geopolitics and British power politics. His focus was on the 20th century .

Peter Mangold died in May 2017 at the age of 70 of complications from cancer.


  • Superpower intervention in the Middle East. Croom Helm 1978, new edition Routledge, Milton 2013, ISBN 978-0-415-83096-6 .
  • From Tirpitz to Gorbachev: Power Politics in the Twentieth Century. Palgrave Macmillan, London 1998, ISBN 0-90722-201-3 .
  • Success and Failure in British Foreign Policy: Evaluating the Record, 1900-2000. Palgrave Macmillan, London 2001, ISBN 0-333-80448-1 .
  • The Almost Impossible Ally. Harold Macmillan and Charles De Gaulle. IB Tauris, London 2006, ISBN 1-85043-800-5 .
  • Britain and the Defeated French: From Occupation to Liberation, 1940-1944. IBTauris, London 2012, ISBN 978-1-84-885-431-4 - awarded the Edith McLeod literary prize in 2013 .
  • What the British Did: Two Centuries in the Middle East. IBTauris, London 2016, ISBN 978-1-78453-194-2 .

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