Mika Suonpää
Lecturer, PhD


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Office hours
Tue 15-16


Research interests

  • British history and politics 

  • History of international relations

  • Intelligence history 

Research projects

  • British Intelligence, Desertion and Propaganda in the Balkans during the First World War
  • British Commercial Diplomacy in the Nordic Countries during the 1930s
  • Biography of Jaakko Kahma
  • British Commercial Diplomacy in the Soviet Union, 1930-1943
  • British Financial Elite and Sanctions against Argentina during the Falklands Crisis, 1981-1983
  • Western Intelligence and International Espionage Networks from the 1930s to the 1950s

Forthcoming publications

M. Suonpää & O. Wright (eds), Diplomacy and Intelligence in the Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean World (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).

Recent publications

British Foreign Policy, the Financial Elite, and the Nationalisation of the Constantinople Quays Company, 1934-1945, Diplomacy & Statecraft, 26 (June 2015), pp. 211-228. 
Foreign Advisers and Modernisation before the First World War: British Diplomacy, Sir Richard Crawford, and the Reform of the Ottoman Empire's Customs Service, 1906-11, The International History Review, 37 (2015), pp. 386-404. 
Britain, Balkan Conflicts and the Evolving Conceptions of Militarism, 1875-1913, History: The Journal of the Historical Association, 99 (October 2014), pp. 632-651.
Financial Speculation, Political Risks and Legal Complications: British Commercial Diplomacy in the Balkans, c. 1906–14, The Historical Journal, Vol. 55, No. 1 (March 2012), pp. 97-117.
War Propaganda, Cultural Stereotypes and Protestant Altruism: British Press and the Russian-Swedish War of 1808-9, Valahian Journal of Historical Studies, Vol. 14 (Winter 2010), pp. 33–52.
Anglican Images of Eastern Orthodoxy before 1914’ in M. Könönen & J. Nuorluoto (eds), Europe – Evropa: Crosscultural Dialogues between the West, Russia, and Southeastern Europe (Uppsala, 2010), pp. 258–72.