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Elisabeth Leake

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Associate Professor of International History, University of Leeds, UK

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Elisabeth Leake is Associate Professor of International History at the University of Leeds, UK. She trained as a historian at Yale and the University of Cambridge and held a fellowship at Royal Holloway, University of London, before joining Leeds. Her research explores global histories of decolonization and the Cold War, with specific reference to twentieth-century South Asia. Her first book, The Defiant Border: The Afghan-Pakistan Borderlands in the Era of Decolonization, 1936-65, came out with Cambridge University Press in 2017, and she has recently completed her second book, Afghan Crucible, a global history of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the accompanying civil war.