Alan Allport

Associate 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

Personal Website

http://www.alanallport.net

Biography

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.

Publications

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

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