Simon Davis

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Research Interests

  • Persian Gulf
  • Palestine under the Mandate
  • Imperialism and Colonialism
  • Transnational and Global History


  • Ph.D., University of Exeter, United Kingdom


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Bronx Community College

Selected Publications

  • ' "Government Forces Dare Not Penetrate": Urban Arab Palestine, No-go Areas, and the Conflicted Course of British Counter-Insurgency during the Great Rebellion, 1936-39,' in Keogh, Timothy (ed.), War and the City: the Urban Context of Conflict and Mass Destruction, (Brill; Ferdinand Schoning, 2019).

  • "Irish & Roman Catholic Which Upsets All the People Here": Michael McDonnell and British Colonial Justice in Mandatory Palestine, 1927–1936', Twentieth Century British History, 29, 4 (2018).

  • Historical Dictionary of the Cold War : Second Edition, (Lanham, MD; Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) (with Joseph Smith).

  • 'Guided Development Versus New Deal Internationalism: British Planning for the Middle East and a Clash of Anglo-American Ideologies During the Second World War', in Jackson, Ashley, et al., (ed.), An Imperial World at War: Aspects of the British Empire's War Experience, 1939-1945, (London; Routledge, 2016). ​​

  • 'The Middle East', in Zeiler, Thomas, (ed.), A Companion to World War II: Volume One, (Oxford; Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

  • 'The Persian Gulf in the 1940s and the Question of an Anglo-American Middle East,' History: the Journal of the Historical Association, 95, (2010).

  • 'A Bloody Unpleasant Meeting': the United States and Britain's Retreat from East of Suez in the 1960s', Diplomatic History, 34, (2010).

  • Contested Space: Anglo-American Relations in the Persian Gulf, 1939-1947, (Leiden; E.J. Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, 2009).

  • 'A Projected New Trusteeship'? American Internationalism, British Imperialism, and the Reconstruction of Iran, 1938-1947,' Diplomacy and Statecraft, 17, (2006).

  • Historical Dictionary of the Cold War, (Lanham, MD; Scarecrow Press, 2000). (with Joseph Smith).

  • 'Keeping the Americans in Line? Britain, the United States and Saudi Arabia, 1939-1945,' Diplomacy and Statecraft 8, (March 1997).

Work in Progress

  • Primary research based article: ‘Palestine is Too Small an Area for Two Kings’: British Civil-Military Relations during the Great Arab Rebellion in Palestine, 1936-1939.

  • From Development and Welfare to Martial Law: Britain and Arab Palestine Under the Mandate, 1929-1939 - ongoing primary research project.

Simon Davis - Faculty -  profile photo


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Bronx Community College