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Brendan Peter Simms is a Professor of the History of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. He was born on September 3, 1967 in Dublin.
Simms studied at Harvard University, where he was elected a scholar in history in 1986, before completing his doctoral dissertation, Anglo-Prussian relations, 1804-1806: The Napoleonic Threat, at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Tim Blanning in 1993. A Fellow of Peterhouse, he lectures and leads seminars on international history since 1945.
In addition to his academic work, he also serves as the president of the Henry Jackson Society, which advocates the view that supporting and promoting liberal democracy and liberal interventionism should be an integral part of Western foreign policy.
Simms's research focuses on the history of European foreign policy. He has written a variety of books and articles on this subject, including Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia (2001) and Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire, 1714-1783 (2007). His overarching book, Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the Present, was favourably reviewed by The Telegraph and the New Statesman
- The Struggle for Mastery in Germany, 1779-1850 (Palgrave MacMillan, 1998)
- Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia (Penguin, 2001)
- Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire, 1714-1783 (Penguin, 2007)
- Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the Present (Allen Lane, 2013)
- The Longest Afternoon, The Four Hundred Men who Decided the Battle of Waterloo (Allen Lane, 2014)
- Britain's Europe: A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation (Penguin, 2017)
- Brendan Simms' webpage at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University
- "Professional Staff". Henry Jackson Society. Retrieved 2014-11-16.
- "Statement of Principles". Henry Jackson Society. Retrieved 2014-11-16.
- Europe by Brendan Simms: review, Noel Malcolm, The Telegraph, 15 April 2013
- Reviewed: Europe - the Struggle for Supremacy by Brendan Simms, Norman Stone, New Statesman 25 April 2013