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Dr Iain Stewart


Iain Stewart joined UCL as a Lecturer in Modern European History in 2015. He has previously held lectureships at Queen Mary, University of London and the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). His first monograph, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press's 'Ideas in Context' series, is a study of the French intellectual Raymond Aron's relationship with the history of French and Cold War liberalism. His wider research focuses on the "liberal moment" in late twentieth-century French intellectual history, a period beginning in the 1970s when intellectuals and politicians in France became increasingly interested in various forms of liberal political and economic thought. He is interested in tracing the origins of this phenomenon and exploring its relationship with contemporaneous liberal and anti-totalitarian turns elsewhere in Europe and the United States, a subject that he began to explore through a co-edited book called In Search of the Liberal Moment: Democracy, Anti-totalitarianism and Intellectual Politics in France since the 1950s, which was published by Palgrave in 2016. Iain's future projects include a study of French intellectual life in London during the Second World War.

Major publications

  • Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in France, 1926-1983 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  • Iain Stewart and Stephen W Sawyer (eds), In Search of the Liberal Moment: Democracy, Anti-totalitarianism and Intellectual Politics in France since 1950 (New York: Palgrave, 2016)
  • 'France's anti-68 liberal revival' in Emile Chabal (ed.), France since the 1970s: History, Politics and Memory in an Age of Uncertainty (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), 199-223.
  • 'The origins of the "end of ideology": Raymond Aron and Industrian Civilisation' in José Colen and Elisabeth Dutartre-Michaut (eds.), A Companion to Raymond Aron (New York: Palgrave, 2015), 177-190.
  • 'Sartre, Aron, and the contested legacy of the anti-positivist turn in French thought, 1938-1960', Sartre Studies International 17 (Summer 2011), 41-60.

For a full list of publications, see Iain's Iris profile.

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