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For decades, a major piece of World War II history has gone virtually unwritten. The war began in China, two years before Hitler invaded Poland, and China eventually became the fourth great ally, partner to the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain. Yet its drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue remains little known in the West. Professor Mitter is principal Investigator for “China's War with Japan”: interdisciplinary research project funded by a Leverhulme Research Leadership Award.
Professor Barron's research interests lie in the area of late medieval British history, particularly the history of the city of London, the reign of Richard II and the history of women. She has written on Richard II for the New Cambridge Medieval History and on London for the Cambridge Urban History of Britain. Her book London in the Later Middle Ages: Government and People 1200-1500 was published by the Oxford University Press in 2004. She is also interested in urban literacy and in the ways in which the 'small people' of London expressed their concerns and priorities. Recent Funded Research Projects: Together with Professor Wathey of the Music Department, she has completed a project studying Church Music in English Towns 1450-1550. With Professor Nigel Saul, she has supervised several research projects: the completion of the Manorial Documents Register for Surrey, Middlesex, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire and the publication of the remarkable surviving inventory (several metres long) of the treasure of Richard II. The principal researcher on this project is Dr Jenny Stratford. In a joint enterprise with the British Library, she and Nigel Saul supervised a pilot study funded by the British Academy, to catalogue a small group (some 1000 documents) of the medieval Wolley charters (largely relating to Derbyshire).