Amphetamines and the Second World War: Stimulating Interest in Drugs and Warfare

This is one in a series of occasional posts from scholars outside of the Defence Studies Department. If you would be interested to contribute to this series please contact the editors: Dr Ben Kienzle and Dr David Morgan-Owen.  DR JAMES PUGH James Pugh is a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Birmingham, UK. His… Read More Amphetamines and the Second World War: Stimulating Interest in Drugs and Warfare

Conference Report – When East meets West: The Second World War in Global Perspective

You can learn more about the Second World War Research Group on their website and by following them on Twitter (@SWWresearch). DR RICHARD HAMMOND Since its formation in 2014, the Second World War Research Group has grown exponentially in terms of its membership, brand and executive.  From a humble beginning under two Co-Directors and a membership numbering… Read More Conference Report – When East meets West: The Second World War in Global Perspective

Conference Report: Two Day Conference in War and Peace Studies, School of History, University of Leeds, 15-16 June

DR VANDA WILCOX Vanda Wilcox completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2006 before moving to Rome, where she now teaches at John Cabot University. She has published on Italian military leadership, training and battlefield performance as well as the popular experience and memory of the First World War in Italy. A member… Read More Conference Report: Two Day Conference in War and Peace Studies, School of History, University of Leeds, 15-16 June

War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective Conference Report

DR JONATHAN FENNELL & DR DAVID MORGAN-OWEN —You can access a full list of audio and video recordings of the event via soundcloud or youtube — On 5 June, the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War and the School of Security Studies King’s College London hosted a conference on War in Historical… Read More War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective Conference Report

A Social Class Survey of the New Zealand Army in the Second World War

DR JONATHAN FENNELL In the first of a series of blogs on my new article, ‘Soldiers and Social Change: The Forces Vote in the Second World War and New Zealand’s Great Experiment in Social Citizenship’, in The English Historical Review, I outlined how the soldiers’ vote won Labour the 1943 New Zealand general election. In… Read More A Social Class Survey of the New Zealand Army in the Second World War

Strategy: Creating Power or Justifying Reality?

The material in this post is drawn from the author’s forthcoming book – The Fear of Invasion: Strategy, Politics, and British War Planning, 1880-1914 – which is published by Oxford University Press in July 2017. This post originally appeared in The European Financial Review. DR DAVID MORGAN-OWEN Strategy, it seems, matters. No forward thinking business, organisation, or government… Read More Strategy: Creating Power or Justifying Reality?