Dr Andrew Webster
BA (Harvard), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge)

Senior Lecturer in History and Associate Dean

About me

I am an historian of the politics, diplomacy and international relations of modern Europe, with a particular interest in the period between the two world wars. My research has centred around the linked themes of Anglo-French-German relations, the problem of international disarmament, and the rise and fall of the League of Nations. My current research project traces the history of the international disarmament process from the first Hague peace conference of 1899 to the end of the Second World War in 1945.

I obtained my PhD in History from the University of Cambridge in 2001, as the very last doctoral student of the legendary Zara Steiner, after which I spent three years as a junior research fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, as well as acting as Director of Studies in History at Corpus Christi College. I moved to Australia in 2004, originally as a visiting research fellow at the University of Western Australia, and was appointed to a lectureship in history at Murdoch in 2006. Since then I have developed and taught a series of units on modern history, including ‘The Rebirth of Europe, 1945-2000′, ‘The European Union’, ‘After Power: The Fall of Regimes and Rulers’ and ‘Europe under the Dictators’.

I am currently Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the School of Arts. I have previously served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Deputy Dean of the School of Business and Governance (formerly Management and Governance) and Dean of the Murdoch University International Study Centre Dubai.

Teaching area

Main teaching areas
  • modern European history
  • international relations since 1789
Units for 2018

Semester 1

  • HIS259: Europe under the Dictators, 1917-1945
Semester 2
  • HIS257: Spies, Saboteurs and Secret Agents
  • HIS300: Creating History

Research areas

Research Interests
  • Europe between the world wars
  • international disarmament since 1899
  • pacifism and peace movements since 1899
  • internationalism: the League of Nations, the United Nations and the European Union

Current projects

Current Projects

  • Strange Allies: Britain, France and the Dilemmas of Security and Disarmament, 1929-1933 (forthcoming with Routledge, 2018)
  • The Prize of Peace: A History of International Disarmament, 1899-1955

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Recent doctoral students

  • Luke LeCras, ‘A.K. Chesterton and the problem of British fascism, 1915-1973′ — completed 2017
  • Michelle McKeough, ‘A community and its crises: Challenge and response in Fremantle during plague, war and depression, 1900-1939′ — completed 2017

Current doctoral students

  • Heather Hannah, ‘Gendered expectations of the nineteenth century: Male use of the female pseudonym’ (with Anne Surma)
  • Paula Magee, ‘Child migration to Western Australia in the twentieth century: The Kingsley Fairbridge Farm School at Pinjara’ (with Arjun Subrahmanyan)
  • Margo Warburton, ‘Communities of correspondence: Assessing the meaning of community in the Great War letters of an Australian soldier’ (with Michael Sturma)



  • Webster, A., (2017),Reconsidering disarmament at the Hague Peace Conference of 1899, and after,In: War, Peace and International Order? The Legacies of the Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907, Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), pages 69 to 85.
  • Webster, A., (2017),The League of Nations, Disarmament and Internationalism,In: Internationalism, Cambridge University Press, pages 139 to 169.
  • Webster, A., (2017),Reconsidering disarmament at the Hague Peace Conference of 1899, and after,In: War, Peace and International Order? The Legacies of the Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907, Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), pages to.
  • Webster, A., (2012),The League of Nations and Grand Strategy: A Contradiction in Terms?,In: The Challenge of Grand Strategy: The Great Powers and the Broken Balance between the World Wars, Cambridge University Press, pages 93 to 119.
  • Webster, A., (2008),The Enforcement of the Treaty of Versailles, 1919-1923,In: After the Versailles Treaty. Enforcement, compliance, contested identities, Routledge, pages 133 to 151.
  • Webster, A., (2007),Internationalism,In: A Companion to International History, 1900-2001, Wiley-Blackwell, pages 39 to 51.
  • Webster, A., (2006),Entente and Argument: Britain, France and Disarmament, 1899-1934,In: Britain, France and the Entente Cordiale since 1904, Palgrave Macmillan, pages 64 to 77.
  • Webster, A., (2002),An Argument Without End: Britain, France and the Disarmament Process, 1925-1934,In: Anglo-French Defence Relations Between the Wars, Palgrave Macmillan, pages 49 to 71.


  • Webster, A., (2010), International arbitration, the pacific settlement of disputes and the French security-disarmament dilemma (1919-1931), French History, 24, 2, pages 236 - 261.
  • Webster, A., (2008), "Absolutely Irresponsible Amateurs": The Temporary Mixed Commission on Armaments, 1921-1924, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 54, 3, pages 373 - 388.
  • Webster, A., (2006), From Versailles to Geneva: The Many Forms of Interwar Disarmament, Journal of Strategic Studies, 29, 2, pages 225 - 246.
  • Webster, A., (2005), Making Disarmament Work: The Implementation of the International Disarmament Provisions in the League of Nations Covenant, 1919-1925, Diplomacy & Statecraft, 16, 3, pages 551 - 569.
  • Webster, A., (2005), The Transnational Dream: Politicians, Diplomats and Soldiers in the League of Nations' Pursuit of International Disarmament, 1920-1938, Contemporary European History, 14, 4, pages 493 - 518.
  • Webster, A., (2004), Piecing Together the Interwar Disarmament Puzzle: Trends and Possibilities, International Journal, LIX, 1, pages 187 - 198.
  • Webster, A., (2002), The Uneasy Status Quo: The Future for China and Taiwan Revisited, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, XV, 1, pages 83 - 84.
  • Webster, A., (2001), Convergence, Collision or the Status Quo? The Future of China-Taiwan Relations, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, XIV, 2, pages 95 - 102.
  • Webster, A., (2000), 'The Disenchantment Conference': Frustration and Humour at the World Disarmament Conference, 1932, Diplomacy & Statecraft, 11, 3, pages 72 - 80.
 Edited Works
  • The Encyclopaedia of Diplomacy. Edited by Gordon Martel, 4 vols. (Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming 2018): Contributing Editor, on entries covering 1900-1945 period
  • French History, 24, 2 (June 2010): editor of special issue on ‘France amidst the World Wars’
Recent Conference and Research Papers
  • ‘The failure of the French proposal for European federal union in 1929-1930′, Australasian Association of European Historians, [25th] biennial conference, Monash University, July 2017
  • ‘Reconsidering disarmament at the Hague Peace Conferences of 1899 and 1907’, Conference on War, Peace and International Order? The Legacies of The Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907, University of Auckland, April 2016
  • ‘The League of Nations and international disarmament, 1925-1932’, Symposium on League of Nations: Histories, Legacies and Impact, University of Melbourne, December 2015
  • ‘Disarmament at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919’, Australasian Association of European Historians, [24th] biennial conference, Newcastle, NSW, July 2015