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.
- Townshend, Charles (1975). The British campaign in Ireland, 1919-1921 : the development of political and military policies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Political violence in Ireland: government and resistance since 1848 (Oxford, 1983) (ISBN 0-19-821753-6)
- Britain's Civil Wars: Counterinsurgency in the Twentieth Century (Faber and Faber, 1986) (ISBN 0-571-13802-0)
- "The Making of Modern Irish Public Culture," The Journal of Modern History Vol. 61, No. 3, September 1989
- Making the peace: public order and public security in modern Britain (Oxford, 1993) (ISBN 0-19-822978-X)
- Ireland: The twentieth century (Hodder Arnold, 1999) (ISBN 0-340-66336-7; ISBN 0-340-66335-9)
- Terrorism: A very short introduction (Oxford, 2002) (ISBN 0-19-280168-6)
- "Religion, War, and Identity in Ireland," The Journal of Modern History Vol. 76, No. 4, December 2004
- Townshend, Charles (2005). Easter 1916 : the Irish rebellion. London: Allen Lane.
- Desert Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq 1914–1921. Faber & Faber, 2011. ISBN 0571237215.
- The Republic: The Fight for Irish Independence, 1918-1923 (Penguin, 2014) ISBN 0141030046