I am a Senior Lecturer in History and the Programme Leader for the BA History and the Integrated Masters in History. Before coming to Derby in 2010 I researched and taught History at the University of Cambridge, the German Historical Institute London, and the Global Policy Institute.
My main interests are in the history of Britain’s and Western Europe’s relationship with other parts of the world, particular East and Southeast Asia. Keen on exploring links between history, memory, politics and international relations, my teaching and research focus on issues of globalization and imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
I currently teach on the following modules:
- Historical Methods and Sources
- Renaissance and Enlightenment: Europe, 1453-1789
- Romanticism and Revolution: Europe, 1789-1914
- Close Encounters: European Imperialism and Decolonization
- Goodbye Lenin: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
- Contemporary Issues in the Creative and Cultural Industries
- Research Project
- Keeping the Peace: Conflict, Power and Diplomacy since 1945
- Beyond Opium and Take-Aways: China and the World since 1839
I also supervise dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
During my time at Derby I have developed an interest in forging closer links with organisations in the creative and cultural industries, and particularly in the heritage sector, both in Britain and internationally. I am keen to build opportunities and enable our students to collaborate with organisations in order to lead specific projects and deal with the challenges facing the heritage sector.
My research predominantly focuses on European encounters with East and Southeast Asia. In the past I have explored European attitudes towards Tibet and the Himalayas between the mid-nineteenth and the mid-twentieth century, and my book ‘Tibet in the Western Imagination’ was published in 2012.
Following on from this, I am interested in the history of European imperialism, and particularly in the history of capital punishment in European colonies. I am currently conducting research on capital punishment in Britain’s remaining colonial territories in the second half of the twentieth century.
I am also interested in the history of Western attitudes towards China’s political system and the question whether China will become a democratic state.
I was a 'talking head' for 'Raiders of the Lost Past', aired on UKTV Yesterday / Discovery Channel (2013), talking about the 1938/9 German expedition to Tibet.
- Neuhaus, Tom, Tibet in the Western Imagination (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
- Neuhaus, Tom, ‘“To Live With People Whom One Cannot Understand”: Transnational History and the Moravian mission to Ladakh, 1853-1914’, Transnational Subjects, 1:1 (2011).
- Harrington, Austin; Neuhaus, Tom; Whimster, Sam, ‘Editorial’, Max Weber Studies, 11:1 (2011).
- Neuhaus, Tom, ‘No Nazi Party: youth rebels in the Third Reich’, History Today, 55: 11 (2005), 52-57.
Chapters in Edited Collections
- Neuhaus, Tom, ‘Cosmopolitan Highlanders: Region and Nation in Anglo-German Encounters in the Himalayas, 1903-1945’, in Rüger, Jan & Wachsmann, Nikolaus (eds.), Rewriting German History: New Perspectives on Modern Germany (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
- Neuhaus, Tom, ‘Emil Schlagintweit und die Tibetforschung im 19. Jahrhundert’, in Brescius, Moritz von; Kaiser, Friederike; Kleidt, Stephanie, Über den Himalaja: Die Expedition der Brüder Schlagintweit nach Indien und Zentralasien 1854-1858 (Köln: Böhlau, 2015).
- Neuhaus, Tom, ‘Lost Horizons: British Travellers to Tibet in the Twentieth Century’, in Farr, Martin & Guegan, Xavier (eds.), The British Abroad since the Eighteenth Century, Vol.1: Travellers and Tourists (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
- Neuhaus, Tom, ‘How can a war be holy? Attitudes towards Eastern spirituality’, in Williams, John A. (ed.), Re-visiting Weimar Culture (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
- Neuhaus, Tom, ‘Of yetis and men: British representations of Tibet and the Himalayas, 1929-1953’, in Crone, Rosalind et al (eds.), New perspectives in British Cultural History (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007).