Richard Deswarte is a Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of East Anglia. He was previously ESDS Social History Data Manager at the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex. A historian of modern Europe, he researches and publishes on the idea of Europe in the 20th century, Americanisation, Britain and Europe, and visual images, notably political cartoons. In addition, he has professional interests and publications in history and computing, digital history, digital humanities, and Webarchives.
A recent work, entitled ‘An American Future? Perceptions of the United States and the Idea of Europe in the Interwar Period’, examines Americanisation and the idea of Europe in the 1920s and was published in Vittorio Dini and Matthew D’Auria (eds.), The Space of Crisis: Images and Ideas of Europe in the Age of Crisis, 1914-1945 (Brussels, 2013). He is currently finalising a research chapter on the World War One political cartoonist Louis Raemaekers and his conceptions of ‘Europe’.