Faculty Profile

Dr. Waqar Zaidi

Assistant Professor

Humanities & Social Sciences

Waqar Zaidi is Assistant Professor of History at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS. His current research interests include early Cold War discourses on atomic energy and the atomic bomb, and internationalist movements in the early Cold War period. More broadly, he is interested in the relationship(s) between technology and international relations in the twentieth century. Waqar Zaidi has an MSc and PhD in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine from Imperial College London.

    • Book Review
      • Zaidi, W. .(2014). A History of Violence and Brutality . Dawn (Books and Authors) ,
      • Zaidi, W. .(2012). Book Review of Vaclav Smil, Prime Movers of Globalization: the History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines . Ambix: Journal for the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry , , pp. 73-74
      • Zaidi, W. .(2010). Book Review of Guy Ortolano, The Two Cultures Controversy: Science, Literature and Cultural Politics in Postwar Britain . The Journal of British Studies , , pp. 220-221
      • Zaidi, W. .(2009). Book Review of Benjamin P. Greene, Eisenhower, Science Advice, and the Nuclear Test-Ban Debate, 1945–1963 . Cold War History , , pp. 536-537
      • Zaidi, W. .(2007). Book review: Sky as Frontier: Adventure, Aviation, and Empire . Aerospace Professional , Royal Aeronautical Society , pp. 23
      • Zaidi, W. Book Review of Jenifer Van Vleck, Empire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendancy . Cambridge Review of International Affairs ,
    • Book Section/chapter
      • Zaidi, W. .(2015). Mobile Phones . The Sage Encyclopedia of World Poverty 2nd edition , Sage Publications
      • Zaidi, W. .(2015). Technology Divide . The Sage Encyclopedia of World Poverty 2nd edition , Sage Publications
      • Zaidi, W. .(2014). ‘Wings for Peace’ versus ‘Airopia’: Contested Visions of Postwar European Aviation in World War Two Britain . Linking Networks: The Formation of Common Standards and Visions for Infrastructure Development , Ashgate , pp. 151-168.
      • Zaidi, W. .(2013). An Historian’s Perspective on Technology and the Cold War . Out of the Cold: The Cold War and Its Legacy , Bloomsbury Press , pp. 78 – 80
      • Zaidi, W. .(2011). Liberal Internationalist Approaches to Science and Technology in Interwar Britain and the U.S . Internationalism Reconfigured: Transnational Ideas and Movements Between the World Wars , I.B. Tauris , pp. 17-43
      • Zaidi, W. .(2010). David Mitrany and Ernst Haas: Theorising a United Europe . Europe Materializing: Transnational Infrastructures and the Project of Europe , Palgrave , pp. 95-100
      • Zaidi, W. .(2007). The Historical Significance of Proposals for the Formation of an International Air Police . Synergia: Primer encuentro de jóvenes investigadores en historia de la ciencia , Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas , pp. 243-262
      • Zaidi, W. James T Shotwell and the Struggle for Atomic Expertise, 1945-1946 . Nuclear experts and nuclear expertise in a global context after 1945 ,
    • Journal Articles
      • Zaidi, W. .(2011). A Blessing in Disguise: Reconstructing International Relations Through Atomic Energy, 1945-1948 . Past and Present , , pp. 309-331
      • Zaidi, W. .(2011). Aviation Will Either Destroy or Save Our Civilization’: Proposals for the International Control of Aviation, 1920-1945 . Journal of Contemporary History , , pp. 150-178
      • Zaidi, W. .(2008). The Janus-face of Techno-nationalism: Barnes Wallis and the ‘Strength of England’ . Technology and Culture , , pp. 62-88
    • Review
      • Zaidi, W. .(2009). Review: Einstein and Eddington . Viewpoint: Newsletter of the British Society for the History of Science , British Society for the History of Science , pp. 11
      • Zaidi, W. .(2008). Planning, Production and Reproduction in Postwar Europe. Fourth Balzan Workshop . History Workshop Journal , , pp. 279-283
      • Zaidi, W. .(2006). Reports of Meeting: HSS/SHOT, Minneapolis . Viewpoint: Newsletter of the British Society for the History of Science , British Society for the History of Science , pp. 7
TitleSemesterCode
Europe: From the Neolithic to the 1600sFall Semester 2014-151401
World War Two: An IntroductionFall Semester 2014-151401
Machines and Man: A History of IndustrialisationFall Semester 2015-161501
The Atomic Age: Control, Confrontation, DisasterFall Semester 2015-161501
The World Since 1453Spring Semester 2015-161502
Directed Research ProjectSpring Semester 2015-161502
Modern EuropeSpring Semester 2015-161502
Senior Project IFall Semester 2016-171601
The World Since 1453Spring Semester 2016-171602
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2016-171602
Independent StudySpring Semester 2016-171602
Dictatorship and Democracy: Europe 1919-1939Spring Semester 2016-171602
World War Two: An IntroductionFall Semester 2017-181701
The Atomic Age: Control, Confrontation, DisasterFall Semester 2017-181701
  • Past Courses
    TitleSemesterCode
    Europe: From the Neolithic to the 1600sFall Semester 2013-141301
    Industry and Consumerism: From 1600 to the Twentieth CenturyFall Semester 2013-141301
    The World Since 1453Spring Semester 2013-141302
    The World Since 1453Summer Semester 2013-141303