DR CLARE MAKEPEACE Clare is an historian, writer, lecturer and consultant in the cultural history of the First and Second World Wars. Her debut book Captives of War. British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War was published in 2017, and she holds the position of Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. You can… Read More Civil Resettlement Units – a lesson from the past
DR SIMON MOODY The British Army was remarkably quick in getting to grips with the conceptual challenges posed by the arrival of nuclear weapons, with a rich body of theoretical literature emerging in service journals during the 1950s. The basic tactical problem identified was that mass would suffer most on a nuclear battlefield – nuclear… Read More Prophets of Nuclear Land Combat
DR RICHARD DUNLEY Richard Dunley is a Lecturer in History at UNSW, Canberra and has recently published Britain and the Mine, 1900-1915: Strategy, Culture and International Law with Palgrave Macmillan. Why do military organisations develop and adopt some technologies with ease, whilst others face deep institutional opposition? This is a hugely important question in an… Read More Infernal Machines: the Royal Navy and the asymmetric challenge of mine warfare
DR BEN WHEATLEY Ben Wheatley is a Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History, University of East Anglia and a former Teaching Fellow at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London. His 2017 book, British Intelligence and Hitler’s Empire in the Soviet Union, 1941-1945 published by Bloomsbury Academic will be available in paperback from August 2018. You… Read More An Open Secret: British Open Source Intelligence during the Second World War
DR ALEX WILSON Editorial Note: On 14-15 June 2018, the Second World War Research Group held its annual conference on the theme of ‘The Peoples’ War? The Second World War in Socio-Political Perspective.’ Over the coming weeks, we will be posting short blog articles written by some of the conference’s presenters. In this first post,… Read More SWWRG Conference Report – 2018 The Peoples’ War? The Second World War in Socio-Political Perspective
PROF DAVID EDGERTON David Edgerton is a co-director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War, King’s College London. His latest book, The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: a Twentieth-century History, is published by Allen Lane. You can hear an interview about the book here, and read more from David on… Read More Putting the military back into British History
ANDREW HARRIS April saw the inaugural History of War Conference organised in partnership by King’s College London and the University of Oxford. The event was organised for PhD students from both institutions, sponsored by the Sir Michael Howard Centre and held at KCL’s Strand campus. The programme consisted of a set of small panel discussions,… Read More Conference Report of inaugural Sir Michael Howard Centre Joint KCL/Oxford PhD Conference, 23 April 2018
JEREMY BLACK Prof. Jeremy Black studied at studied at Queens’ College Cambridge, St John’s College Oxford, and Merton College Oxford before joining the University of Durham as a lecturer in 1980. There he gained his PhD and ultimately his professorship in 1994. He joined Exeter University as Established Chair in History in 1996, and is currently a… Read More What is War?
During the four year centenary of the First World War, Defence-in-Depth has run a series of posts exploring various aspects of the conflict and the centenary itself. We’ll summarise the posts relating to commemoration and the centenary separately, but for now we’ve written a survey of some of our most popular entries on the conduct… Read More The First World War on Defence in Depth, 2014-18
DR TIM BENBOW Warning: contains spoilers for the film ‘Dunkirk’, and unashamedly subjective opinions on several other films… Historians are, I understand, notorious for offering their opinions (sought or otherwise) on the accuracy of films or television shows that touch on real events. Astonishingly, these informed views are not always welcomed by the people watching… Read More History on Film: Entertainment or Accuracy?