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

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

Balancing past and present: Edward Mead Earle and Makers of Modern Strategy

BY DR MICHAEL FINCH This post is based on my article which appears in the most recent issue of The Journal of Military History. It might be considered that in producing a significant contribution to scholarship, a scholar ensures his or her own reputation. Yet this is not always the case. Edward Mead Earle, Professor at… Read More Balancing past and present: Edward Mead Earle and Makers of Modern Strategy

The Dunkirk evacuation and the German ‘halt’ order

DR TIM BENBOW Sometimes academics are confronted by arguments with which we disagree, vehemently.  Most have something to be said for them or, at the very least, it is possible to appreciate where those proposing it are coming from and why they might believe it.  There are exceptions, which deserve nothing other than a good… Read More The Dunkirk evacuation and the German ‘halt’ order