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Neville Wylie

Professor of International Political History, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement (Americas), Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Neville Wylie is Professor of International Political History at the University of Nottingham and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is currently serving as Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement, with responsibility for the Americas. From 2010 to 2014 he was seconded to the Malaysia campus as its first Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. During this time he also established and lead the School of Politics, History and International Relations. He has served as a member of the University Senate, Promotions Committee and Honorary Degree committee and as post-graduate vice-dean for the Faculty of Law & Social Sciences. He won the Derby-Brize prize for his BA in Medieval & Modern History from King's College London, and holds an MPhil in International Relations and a PhD in International History from the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Nottingham in 2000, he taught at University College Dublin and the University of Glasgow, was a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute for International Studies, Geneva, and held a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre of International Studies and New Hall, Cambridge.

Teaching Summary

My teaching duties since arriving in Nottingham in 2000 have been varied. The main focus of my activities has been in delivering modules on foreign policy and diplomacy, principally at 3rd year… read more

Research Summary

To date my research has centred on four areas:

1. My most recent research projects have focused on the experience of prisoners of war, principally during the Second World War, the the diplomatic efforts to protect their interests. Barbed Wire Diplomacy, which looked at the treatment of British POWs in Germany between 1939 and 1945, appeared with Oxford University Press in 2010. In this and other works, I explore the relationship between international institutions and state compliance with international legal and normative regimes.

2. My current research expands from my work on POWs by examining the role played by so-called 'protecting powers' - neutral states who intercede on behalf of one belligerent in the territory of another - over the last two centuries. Though focusing primarily on the US, Swiss and UK experience, the project charts how the institution of protecting powers came into its modern form, and what this development tells us about the attitudes towards 'international society' from the mid-19th century to the present day.

3. My original research work addressed the position of neutral and non-belligerent powers during the Second World War. I have completed two book length projects and published a number of articles on this subject; a monograph, Britain, Switzerland and the Second World War, published by Oxford University Press in 2003, and a collection of essays on European Neutrals and Non-belligerents, 1939-1945, which appeared in 2002 with Cambridge University Press. The latter included contributions from scholars working in Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Greece, Ireland, the United States, as well as other universities in the United Kingdom. I continue to take an active interest in this field, and publish on aspects of the neutrals' experience in war.

4. I also maintain an active research interest in the study of intelligence and special operations. A collection of papers discussing the activities of Britain's Special Operations Executive appeared under the title, The Politics & Strategy of Clandestine War (Routledge, 2006).

Recent Publications

  • WYLIE, R N, 2017. Muddied Waters: The Influence of the First Hague Conference on the Evolution of the Geneva Conventions of 1864 and 1906. In: MAARTJE ABBENHUIS, ANNALISE HIGGINS and CHRISTOPHER BARBER, eds., War, Peace and International Order? The Legacies of the Hague conferences of 1899 and 1907 Routledge. 52-68
  • R N WYLIE, 2017. Allied special forces and prisoner of war recovery operations in Europe, 1944-1945 Journal of Military History. 81(2), 523-556
  • R. N. WYLIE and J. CROSSLAND, 2016. The Korean War and the post-war prisoners of war (POW) regime, 1945-1956 War in History. 23(4), 439-456
  • WYLIE, R N, 2012. Life in Plato’s Cave: Neutral Europe in the Second World War. In: THOMAS W ZEILER AND M DUBOIS, ed., A Companion to World War II (2 volumes) 1st. Wiley-Blackwell.

My teaching duties since arriving in Nottingham in 2000 have been varied. The main focus of my activities has been in delivering modules on foreign policy and diplomacy, principally at 3rd year undergraduate and MA level. I have also convened modules on my specific research interests - 'prisoners of war' and 'small state diplomacy'. Since moving to UNMC in 2010, I have been responsible for delivering the 'history' element of the BA and MA in International Relations curricula. This has involved me teaching 'Paths to Modernity: European History, 1789-1945' to 1st year students, 'Intelligence & International Relations' to 2nd years and 'Contemporary Diplomacy' to MA level students.

  • WYLIE, R N, 2017. Muddied Waters: The Influence of the First Hague Conference on the Evolution of the Geneva Conventions of 1864 and 1906. In: MAARTJE ABBENHUIS, ANNALISE HIGGINS and CHRISTOPHER BARBER, eds., War, Peace and International Order? The Legacies of the Hague conferences of 1899 and 1907 Routledge. 52-68
  • R N WYLIE, 2017. Allied special forces and prisoner of war recovery operations in Europe, 1944-1945 Journal of Military History. 81(2), 523-556
  • R. N. WYLIE and J. CROSSLAND, 2016. The Korean War and the post-war prisoners of war (POW) regime, 1945-1956 War in History. 23(4), 439-456
  • WYLIE, R N, 2012. Life in Plato’s Cave: Neutral Europe in the Second World War. In: THOMAS W ZEILER AND M DUBOIS, ed., A Companion to World War II (2 volumes) 1st. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • WYLIE, R.N., 2011. 'Muted Applause? British Prisoners-of-War as Observers and Victims of the Allied Bombing Campaign over Germany'. In: BALDOLI, C, KNAPP, A and OVERY, R.J., eds., Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe 1940-1945 Continuum.
  • WYLIE, R.N. and WYSS, MARCO, 2011. 'Neutrality de jour: Switzerland and the Italo-Abyssinian War of 1935-36'. In: MCDONOUGH, FRANK, ed., The Origins of the Second World War: An International Perspective Continuum. (In Press.)
  • WYLIE, R N, 2010. Barbed wire diplomacy: Britain, Germany, and the politics of prisoners of war, 1939-1945 Oxford : Oxford University Press.
  • WYLIE, R. N., 2010. 'Une evaluation du parcours de la Suisse en tant que puissance protectrice a << double mandat >> pour le Royaume-Uni et l'Allemagne durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale' Relations Internationales. NUMB 144, 3-20
  • WYLIE, R. N., 2009. 'Loot, Gold, and Tradition in the United Kingdom's Financial Warfare Strategy, 1939-1945' International History Review. XXXI, 299-328
  • WYLIE, R. N., 2009. 'The 1929 Prisoner of War Convention and the Building of the Interwar Prisoner of War Regime'. In: SCHEIPERS, SIBYLLE, ed., Prisoners in War. Norms, military cultures and reciprocity in armed conflict Oxford: Oxford University Press. 91-108
  • WYLIE, R. N., 2009. 'Captured by the Nazis. 'Reciprocity' and 'National Conservatism' in German politics towards British POWs'. In: SZEJNMANN, CLAUS-CHRISTIAN, W and , eds., Rethinking History, Dictatorship and War. New Approaches and Interpretations London: Continuum. 107-124
  • WYLIE, R. N., 2008. 'Switzerland and the United Kingdom during the Second World War and early Cold War'. In: TAMES, ISMEE and DE KEIZER, MADELON, eds., Small Nations. Crisis and Confrontation in the 20th century Zutphen: Walburg Pers and Netherlands Institute for War Documentation. 119-138
  • WYLIE, R.N., ed., 2007. The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War Routledge, London and New York.
  • WYLIE, R.N., 2006. 'Protecting powers in a changing world' Politorbis. 40(1), 6-13
  • WYLIE, R.N., 2006. 'Swiss-Transalpine Railway Lines: Strategic Railways and the Strategy of Deterrence'. In: KEITH NEILSEN AND T. G. OTTE, ed., Railways and International Politics. Paths of Empire, 1848-1945 Routledge, London and New York.
  • WYLIE, N., 2006. 'Prisoners of War in the Era of Total War' War in History. VOL 13(NUMB 2), 217-233
  • WYLIE, R.N., 2006. 'SOE and the Neutrals'. In: MARK SEAMAN, ed., Special Operations Executive: a new weapon of war Routledge, London and New York. 157-178
  • WYLIE, N., 2005. British smuggling operations from Switzerland, 1940-1944 Historical Journal. 48(4), 1077-1102
  • WYLIE, R.N., 2005. 'Das Internationale Komitee vom Roten Kruez und die Kriegsgefangenen'. In: GUNTER BISCHOF, STEFAN KARNER BARBARA STELZL-MARX ET AL, ed., Kriegsgefangenschaft des Zweiten Weltkrieges 241-58. Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag GmbH, Munich.
  • WYLIE, R.N., 2005. 'The North Atlantic Triangle and Canadian 'humanitarian' policy', London Conference on Canadian Studies. 20, 69-88
  • WYLIE, N., 2005. Prisoner of War Relief and Humanitarianism in Canadian External Policy During the Second World War Journal of Transatlantic Studies. VOL 3(NUMB 2), 239-258
  • WYLIE, N., 2005. Special Operations Executive - New Approaches and Perspectives Intelligence and National Security. VOL 20(NUMB 1), 1-13
  • WYLIE, R.N., 2003. Britain, Switzerland and the Second World War Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • WYLIE, R.N., 2003. 'The Neutrals'. In: JOE MAIOLO AND ROBERT BOYCE, ed., The Origins of World War Two: the debate continues Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, Basingstoke, UK. 176-189
  • WYLIE, N., 2002. The Sound of Silence: The History of the International Committee of the Red Cross as Past and Present Diplomacy & Statecraft. VOL 13(PART 4), 186-204
  • WYLIE, N., 2001. 'An amateur learns his job'? Special Operations Executive in Portugal, 1940-42 Journal of Contemporary History. 36(3), 441-457
  • WYLIE, R.N., 2001. 'Switzerland. A neutral of distinction?'. In: NEVILLE WYLIE, ed., European Neutrals and Non-Belligerents during the Second World War, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 331-354.
  • WYLIE, R.N., ed., 2001. European Neutrals and Non-Belligerents during the Second World War, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • WYLIE, R.N., 2001. 'Victims or Actors? European Neutrals and Non-belligerents, 1939-1945'. In: NEVILLE WYLIE, ed., European Neutrals and Non-Belligerents during the Second World War Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 1-27
  • WYLIE, R.N., 2000. 'La Suisse et la liste noire britannique: le cas du Credit Suisse en 1940'. In: , ed., Guerre et Paix. Melanges offerts Jean-Claude Favez, 221-235
  • WYLIE, N., 2000. Problems of Neutrality: Swiss Diplomatic Documents, 1939-45 Diplomacy & Statecraft. VOL 11(PART 3), 260-271
  • WYLIE, R.N., 1999. The Swiss franc and British policy towards Switzerland, 1939-1945. In: Les relations economiques de la Suisse avec les grandes puissances entre 1914 et 1945 461-480
  • WYLIE, N., 1998. Le role des transports ferroviaires en Suisse, 1939-1945 Relations Internationales. ISSUE 95, 361-380
  • WYLIE, N., 1997. Marcel Pilet-Golaz, David Kelly and Anglo-Swiss Relations in 1940 Diplomacy & Statecraft. VOL 8(NUMBER 1), 49-79
  • WYLIE, N., 1997. Pilet-Golaz and the making of Swiss foreign policy: some remarks Schweizerische Zeitschrift fuer Geschichte. VOL 47(NUMBER 4), 608-620
  • WYLIE, N., 1996. 'Keeping the Swiss Sweet': Intelligence as a Factor in British Policy towards Switzerland during the Second World War Intelligence and National Security. VOL 11(NUMBER 3), 442-467
  • WYLIE, N., 1995. `Life between the volcanoes.' Switzerland during the Second World War Historical Journal. VOL 38(NUMBER 3), 759

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