Dr Edward Corse

Universität Hamburg
Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 120146

Research Interests

Dr Edward Corse specialises in the history of propaganda and has a long-standing connection with the University of Kent. He completed his PhD at Kent in 2011 on the role of the British Council in neutral countries in Europe during the Second World War. He has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of War, Media and Society since 2018.

Edward has studied the role of propaganda in a number of neutral countries, such as the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey. He is the co-editor, alongside Dr Marta García Cabrera, of a forthcoming book Propaganda and Neutrality: global case studies in the 20th century being published by Bloomsbury in 2023. He is currently researching the role of British propaganda in Turkey during the Second World War.

Edward is also interested in cultural propaganda and cultural relations more generally outside of neutral countries, and has written about the role of the British Council in early Cold War Poland. He is involved in the ERC-funded project ‘Taming the European Leviathan: The Legacy of Post-War Medicine and the Common Good’ with Professor Ulf Schmidt at the University of Hamburg.

Current Projects


With Marta García Cabrera (edited volume), Propaganda and Neutrality: global case studies in the 20th century (Bloomsbury: London and New York, 2023). Includes a co-edited introduction ‘Alternative Battlegrounds: an introduction to propaganda and neutrality’ and a chapter as sole author entitled ‘“Operation Mrs Partington”: the British Council and the emergence of the Non-Alignment Movement’.

‘Henry V and the Battle of Powerscourt’, in Sonia Massai and Amy Lidster (eds), Shakespeare at War: a material history (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023).

‘“To accustom Turkish minds to a state of belligerency”: the delicate balance of British propaganda in Turkey during the Second World War’, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Volume 23, Issue 6: Turkey and Britain in the Second World War, 2021, pages 896-913.

‘The British Council behind the Iron Curtain: cultural propaganda in early Cold War Poland’ in Mark Connelly, Jo Fox, Stefan Goebel and Ulf Schmidt (eds), Propaganda and conflict: war, media and the shaping of the twentieth century, (London: Bloomsbury, 2019).

A Battle for Neutral Europe: British Cultural Propaganda during the Second World War, (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2013).

‘British Propaganda in Neutral Eire after the Fall of France, 1940’, Contemporary British History, Volume 22, Issue 2, 2008, pages 163-180.