Associate Professor, History
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2007
Modern British and European history, war and society
Alan Allport specializes in the history of Britain in the
period of the two world wars. His most recent book, Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War
1939-1945 was published by Yale University Press in 2015. Sir Max Hastings
called it “a memorable word-portrait” of Churchill's Army, and wrote: “[The
author] has distilled a mass of wisdom and gathered all manner of truths under
one roof, with skill and judgment.” Andrew Roberts described Browned Off as "deeply researched,
well-written, and perceptive ... Second World War history written at its
best." Professor Allport's first book was Demobbed: Coming Home After the Second World War, also published by
Yale in 2009, which won the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award and
was described by the Sunday Times as “a
wonderfully insightful study ... remarkably moving.” He is currently writing a two-volume history
of the Second World War called British
Iliad, which will be published in North America by Knopf. 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.
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.
Syracuse University, Associate Professor in Department of History, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Global Affairs, August 2011 - present
Princeton University, Postdoctoral Lecturer in Freshman Writing Program, September 2008 - May 2011