Charles Townshend FBA (born 1945) is a British historian with particular expertise on the historic role of British imperialism in Ireland and Palestine.
Townshend is currently Professor of International History at Keele University. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2008.
- Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion (Penguin, 2005) (ISBN 1-56663-704-X)
- "Religion, War, and Identity in Ireland," The Journal of Modern History Vol. 76, No. 4, December 2004
- Terrorism: A very short introduction (Oxford, 2002) (ISBN 0-19-280168-6)
- Ireland: The twentieth century (Hodder Arnold, 1999) (ISBN 0-340-66336-7; ISBN 0-340-66335-9)
- Making the peace: public order and public security in modern Britain (Oxford, 1993) (ISBN 0-19-822978-X)
- "The Making of Modern Irish Public Culture," The Journal of Modern History Vol. 61, No. 3, September 1989
- Britain's Civil Wars: Counterinsurgency in the Twentieth Century (Faber and Faber, 1986) (ISBN 0-571-13802-0)
- Political violence in Ireland: government and resistance since 1848 (Oxford, 1983) (ISBN 0-19-821753-6)
- The British campaign in Ireland, 1919-1921: the development of political and military policies (Oxford, 1975) (ISBN 0-19-821863-X)