Alan Sked was educated at the University of Glasgow and Merton College Oxford. His D. Phil. was supervised by A.J.P.Taylor.
He has spent his whole academic career at the Department of International History at the London School of Economics where he is now professor. His books have been translated into German, Italian, Czech, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. They include Post-War Britain. A Political History, 1945-1992; The Decline and Fall of the Habsburg Empire, 1815-1918; Metternich and Austria. An Evaluation; and Radetzky. Imperial Victor and Military Genius.
He is author of many articles, and writes on American, European and British history. At LSE he currently teaches European, American and intellectual history. He is now working on a critical biography of Abraham Lincoln and a history of post-war Western Europe.
Family illness and death have prevented him from developing his latest political project, a centre-left Eurosceptic Party called New Deal.