Dr George Bodie

Staff details

Dr George Bodie


Lecturer in History




g.bodie (@gold.ac.uk)

George is a historian of contemporary Germany and the global Cold War

George's research explores how ideas of socialist internationalism and solidarity are constructed and formed, and how these ideas have shaped action and behaviour at the level of everyday life.

His published work includes an article on trade union tourism between the GDR and Cuba in the Journal of Contemporary History which was awarded the British Association for Slavonic & East European Studies Postgraduate Prize for Best Scholarly Article by a Postgraduate Student; a forthcoming article in the Journal of Cold War Studies which focuses on the the experiences and ideological beliefs of African trade unionists who came to study in the GDR in the 1960s; and a book chapter examining depictions of Mozambique in GDR foreign news broadcasting during the early-to-mid 1970s.

George is currently working on a book which explores links between East Germany and the postcolonial world.

Academic qualifications

  • BA History, University of Sussex 2011
  • MA European History, University College London 2012
  • PhD History, University College London 2020

Teaching and supervision

BA Second and Third Year Modules

‘The Central Powers in the First World War’

BA First Year Modules

‘Germany’s African Road to the Holocaust’ – lecture block on ‘Global Connections’ (core module)
‘The Greatest Whodunnit in History: Who Caused the First World War?’ – lecture block on ‘Historical Controversies’ (core module)

MA Modules

'A History of Violence'

Publications and research outputs


Bodie, George. 2024. Introduction to Everyday Internationalism: Socialist–South Connections and Mass Culture during the Cold War. International Review of Social History, 69(S32), pp. 1-12. ISSN 0020-8590

Bodie, George. 2020. ‘It is a Shame We Are Not Neighbours’: GDR Tourist Cruises to Cuba, 1961–89. Journal of Contemporary History, 55(2), pp. 411-434. ISSN 0022-0094

Book Section

Bodie, George. 2021. So Close, Yet So Far: Ulrich Makosch and the GDR’s Afrikabild on Screen and in Text. In: Eric Burton; Anne Dietrich; Immanuel R. Harisch and Marcia C. Schenck, eds. Navigating Socialist Encounters: Moorings and (Dis)Entanglements between Africa and East Germany during the Cold War. Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, pp. 265-292. ISBN 9783110622317