James Crossland Biography

James Crossland

James Crossland is a Reader in International History at Liverpool John Moores University and Co-Director of the Centre for Modern and Contemporary History. He has a broad interest in the history of political violence, intelligence, propaganda, subversion and the politics of warfare, and has authored three books – The Rise of Devils: Fear and the Origins of Modern Terrorism (MUP, 2023), War, Law and Humanity: The Campaign to Control Warfare, 1853-1914 (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Britain and the international Committee of the Red Cross, 1939-1945 (Palgrave, 2014).


James has contributed articles on topics ranging from the assassination of Tsar Alexander II to the history of fake news for History Today, History Workshop and The Conversation, and been interviewed by the BBC on the conspiracy theories surrounding Rudolf Hess’ Flight to Scotland in 1941. He has appeared on Dan Snow’s History Hit, the WW2 Podcast, Versus History and been interviewed by the American Peace Prize winner, David Swanson, on his Talk Nation Radio show.