Denis Smyth

Denis Smyth

Denis Smyth, PhD (born 1948) is professor of History at the University of Toronto. His doctorate is from the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge he studied under F.H. Hinsley, a noted scholar of the Second World War. He is a specialist in modern international relations, particularly the period surrounding World War II and the Spanish Civil War. Among his major works is a monumental collected edition of previously classified British documents from the period just after World War II.



Edited document collections

  • British Documents on Foreign Affairs, Western Europe: 1940-1945, 8 vols. (1998); and
  • British Documents on Foreign Affairs, Europe: 1946-1950, 27 vols. (2000–2003).

Scholarly Books

  • Deathly Deception: The Real Story of Operation Mincemeat Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Diplomacy and strategy of survival : British policy and Franco's Spain, 1940-41 Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1986. ISBN 0521228190
  • 'British documents on foreign affairs—reports and papers from the Foreign Office confidential print. by Paul Preston; Michael Partridge; Denis Smyth [Bethesda, Md.] : University Publications of America, ©2000.
  • Spain, the EEC, and NATO by Paul Preston; Denis Smyth; Boston : Routledge & K. Paul [for] the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1984. ISBN 0710095597
    • Translated into Spanish as España ante la CEE y la OTAN by Paul Preston; Denis Smyth Barcelona : Grijalbo, 1985.

Book Chapters

  • "Battleground of reputations : Ireland and the Spanish Civil War" in The Republic Besieged: Civil War in Spain 1936-1939 ed. by Paul Preston & Ann L Mackenzie. Edinburgh University Press, 1996. ISBN 0585086885
  • "Reflex reaction : Germany and the onset of the Spanish Civil War" in Revolution and war in Spain, 1931-1939 ed. by Paul Preston New York : Methuen, 1984. ISBN 0416349609
  • "Politics of asylum, Juan Negrin and the British government in 1940" in Diplomacy and intelligence during the Second World War ed. by F H Hinsley; Richard Langhorne. Cambridge University Press, 1985. ISBN 0521268400


  • "The Dispatch of the Spanish Blue Division to the Russian Front: Reasons and Repercussions" European History Quarterly 1994 24(4): 537-553
  • "Franco Cunctator" International History Review 1996 18(3): 629-64
  • "Our Man in Havana, Their Man in Madrid: Literary Invention in Espionage Fact and Fiction" Intelligence and National Security 1990 5(4): 117-135
  • "Screen Torch: Allied Counter-Intelligencve and Spanish Threat to the Secrecy of the Allied Invasion of French North Africa in November, 1942." Intelligence and National Security 1989 4(2): 335-356.
  • "Franco and World War II History Today 1985 35(Nov): 10-15
  • "Duce Diplomatico [Diplomatic leader]". Historical Journal 1978 21(4): 981-1000

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