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Dr Luc-Andre Brunet

Profile summary

  • Lecturer in Twentieth Century European History
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Arts & Humanities
  • History
  • luc-andre.brunet

Professional biography

Luc-André Brunet studied at Carleton University (Ottawa), Sciences Po (Paris), and l’Université Libre de Bruxelles before earning his PhD in International History at the London School of Economics. Before joining the Open University in 2016, Luc was Pinto Post-doctoral Fellow at LSE and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence) and taught history at LSE and Queen Mary University of London. He has also held visiting fellowships at Sciences Po, LSE, and the University of Ottawa.

Research interests

Broadly speaking, Luc’s research interests are in the international history of the twentieth century. He has a particular interest in Vichy France. His first monograph, Forging Europe: Industrial Organisation in France, 1940-1952, explores continuities from the Vichy regime to post-war France and the early stages of European integration. You can watch Luc discuss his book here. His current book project on Vichy deals with the regime’s foreign policy, specifically its diplomatic relations with the members of the British Commonwealth during the Second World War. This project draws on archives in France, the UK, Germany, the United States, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Luc’s other main research interest is the Cold War, with a focus on nuclear disarmament and arms control. He is Acting Director of the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS and Book Reviews Editor for the journal Cold War History. He is currently writing an international history of Canadian nuclear arms control policies during the final decade of the Cold War, provisionally entitled Canada, Nuclear Weapons, and the End of the Cold War.

At the OU, Luc co-chairs the Research Group on War and Conflict in the Twentieth Century and coordinates the history department’s research seminar.

He welcomes PhD proposals on these themes and more broadly on twentieth-century Europe or contemporary international history.

Teaching interests

Luc-André Brunet chairs the module Europe 1914-1989: War, Peace, Modernity (A327). He is also deputy chair of Empire, 1492-1975 (A326) and a member of the production team for a forthcoming interdisciplinary module, Discovering the Arts and Humanities (A111). He has also contributed teaching content to The British Isles and the Modern World, 1789-1914 (A225) and a new module in production on the theme of Revolutions (A113).

Luc is also Convenor of the PhD Programme in History. 

Luc earned a Postgraduate Certicate in Higher Education from LSE and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Unhelpful Fixer? Canada, the Euromissile Crisis, and Pierre Trudeau’s Peace Initiative, 1983-84 (2019)
Brunet, Luc-André
International History Review ((Early Access))
[Book Review] A Vision of Europe: Franco-German Relations During the Great Depression, 1929–1932, by Conan Fischer (2018-12-31)
Brunet, Luc-André
The English Historical Review, 133(565) (pp. 1651-1652)
'The creation of the Monnet Plan, 1945-46: a critical re-evaluation' (2018-03)
Brunet, Luc-Andre
Contemporary European History, 27(1) (pp. 23-41)
Patrons Résistants? French industrialists during the Second World War (2017-11-28)
Brunet, Luc-André
French History, 31(4) (pp. 512-534)
[Book Review] Fernando Guirao and Frances M.B. Lynch (eds), Alan S. Milward and Contemporary European History. Collected Academic Reviews (2017-06-20)
Brunet, Luc-Andre
Journal of Contemporary History, 52(3) (pp. 797-799)
Forging Europe: Industrial Organisation in France, 1940-1952 (2017-07-31)
Brunet, Luc-Andre
Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World
ISBN : 978-1-349-95197-0 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
The Role of Algeria in Debates over Post-War Europe within the French Resistance (2018-02-22)
Brunet, Luc-Andre
In: Davis, Muriam Haleh and Serres, Thomas eds. North Africa and the Making of Europe: Governance, Institutions and Culture (pp. 23-42)
ISBN : 9781350021822 | Publisher : Bloomsbury | Published : London
Jean Monnet et l'organisation des économies alliées pour la guerre (1939-1940) (2018)
Brunet, Luc-Andre
In: Bossuat, Gérard ed. Jean Monnet et l'économie. Euroclio
ISBN : 978-2-8076-0493-3 | Publisher : Peter Lang | Published : Bruxelles