Jonathan Schneer

Professor of History, Technology, and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology
Areas of Expertise:
  • Policy in Other Countries
  • U.S. Foreign Policy

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About Jonathan

Schneer is a modern British historian whose work provides historical context for current issues in British politics. In addition, because he has written about Britain’s role in the Middle East, he can also provide historical context to help understand today’s Arab-Israeli conflict.



Ministers at War: Winston Churchill and His War Cabinet (Basic Books, 2015).
Shows the inner workings of Winston Churchill’s war cabinet during World War II. Offers a striking look inside the British government during a time when some of the most interesting characters of a challenging era were fighting for both the nation’s salvation and their own ambitions. Examines Churchill’s role as a wartime leader as well as a head of government. Helps explain why Churchill lost his post in 1945, despite his personal popularity.
Labour’s Conscience: The Labour Left, 1945-51 (Unwin Hyman, 1988).
Discusses Great Britain’s Labour Party in the period after the Second World War when the leadership of Clement Attlee saw the enactment of a host of influential policy changes, including the nationalizing of various major industries, the adoption of the welfare state model, and the creation of the publically-funded National Health Service.
The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of Arab-Israeli Conflict (Random House, 2010).
Presents the history of the Balfour Declaration, the treaty that committed Britain to support the establishment of “a National Home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, and illustrates its remarkable impact on modern Middle Eastern conflict.

In the News

Jonathan Schneer's research on Churchill's war cabinet discussed in Andrew KugleJonathan Schneer, "Churchill at War," Washington Free Beacon, May 10, 2015.
Jonathan Schneer's research on Churchill's role as a head of government discussed in "Ministers at War," Kirkus, December 21, 2014.
Jonathan Schneer's research on Churchill’s cabinet members and his emphasis on the importance of postwar planning discussed in Lawrence D. FreedmanJonathan Schneer, "Ministers at War: Winston Churchill and His War Cabinet," Foreign Affairs, April 20, 2015.
Jonathan Schneer's research on the challenges Churchill faced in managing his war cabinet discussed in Nigel JonesJonathan Schneer, "The War Within: Some of Churchill’s Toughest Challenges Came from His Own Jealous Colleagues," The Spectator, March 28, 2015.
Jonathan Schneer's research on Churchill's interactions with his war cabinet discussed in Ken OsborneJonathan Schneer, "Churchill's War Cabinet a Focused, Feisty Bunch," Winnipeg Free Press, April 18, 2015.
Guest to discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict on KERA’s The Talk Show, Jonathan Schneer, August 10, 2010.
"How Anti-Semitism Helped Create Israel," Jonathan Schneer, Foreign Policy, September 8, 2010.
"The West Needs to Face Its Own Intrigue and Deceit," Jonathan Schneer, Toronto Globe and Mail, September 13, 2010.
"The Balfour Declaration," Jonathan Schneer, Interview with Anna Maria Tremonti, CBC’s The Current, September 27, 2010.
"A World in Time," Jonathan Schneer, Interview with Lewis Lapham, Bloomberg News, October 8, 2010.
Guest to discuss the Balfour Declaration and the modern state of Israel on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show, Jonathan Schneer, December 13, 2010.