Alan Allport

Professor, History

Alan Allport

Contact Information
aallport@maxwell.syr.edu

517 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-0361

Degree

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2007

Specialties

Modern British and European history, war and society

Biography

Alan Allport specializes in the history of Britain in the period of the two world wars. His most recent book, Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War 1938-1941 was published by Knopf (North America) and Profile (UK) in 2020. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Professor Paul Kennedy of Yale University said that "Britain at Bay ... might be the single best examination of British politics, society and strategy in these four years that has ever been written." It was a Sunday Times (London) history book of the year and a finalist for the 2020 RUSI Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History. Professor Allport's previous two books are Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945 which was published by Yale University Press in 2015 and Demobbed: Coming Home After the Second World War, published by Yale in 2009, which won the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award. He is currently writing a sequel to Britain at Bay provisionally titled Advance Britannia: The Epic Story of the Second World War 1942-1945.  Professor Allport is interested in hearing from any potential graduate students interested in studying 20th century Britain and the history of the two world wars.

Publications

Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War 1938-1945. London: Profile Books; New York: Knopf. Finalist, RUSI Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History. 

Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945
. London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015.

Demobbed: Coming Home After the Second World War.
London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. Winner of the 2010 Longman-HistoryToday Book of the Year Award.

Teaching Appointments

Professor, Department of History, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Global Affairs, 2021-present
Associate Professor, Department of History, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Global Affairs, 2016-2021
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Global Affairs, 2011-2016
Princeton University, Postdoctoral Lecturer in Freshman Writing Program, September 2008-May 2011