Charles Townshend FBA (born 1945) is a British historian with expertise on the historic role of British imperialism in Ireland and Palestine.

Townshend is currently Professor of International History at Keele University. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2008.

Books in order of publication:

The British Campaign in Ireland 1919-1921: The Development of Political and Military Policies – 1975

Political Violence in Ireland: Government and Resistance Since 1848 – 1984

Britain’s Civil Wars: Counterinsurgency in the twentieth century – 1986

Making the Peace: Public Order and Public Security in Modern Britain – 1993

Ireland: The 20th Century – 1999

Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction – 2002

The Oxford History of Modern War – 2005

Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion – 2006

When God Made Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq 1914-1921 – 2011

The Republic: The Fight for Irish Independence – 2013

The Partition: Ireland Divided, 1885-1925 – 2021