Speakers

Lord Ashdown

Keynote Speaker

Paddy Ashdown served as a Royal Marine and intelligence officer for the UK security services before becoming a Member of Parliament for Yeovil from 1983 to 2001, and leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until 1999. He was the international High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2002 to 2006, and was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2006. He entered the House of Lords in 2001 as The Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon.

Damien Lewis

Keynote Speaker

For two decades Damien Lewis worked as a war and conflict reporter for major broadcasters, reporting from across Africa, South America, the Middle and Far East, during which time he won numerous awards for his journalism. In 2001 he wrote his first book, Slave, which was an international bestseller translated into thirty languages, and which was made into a film and a stage play. In 2003 he wrote his first book about elite military operations, Operation Certain Death, which was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Lewis’s elite forces books Bloody Heroes and Fire Strike 7/9 were Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, and his most recent in that genre, Zero Six Bravo, was a Sunday Times number one bestseller, and is presently being scripted as a six-part TV drama series for Sky One.

Sir Max Hastings

Keynote Speaker

Max Hastings is the author of several books, many about warfare. The most recent is the bestselling and critically acclaimed ‘Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914’. In his early career as a correspondent, he reported on the 1982 Falklands War, experiences which he described in his memoir ‘Going to the Wars’.

A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of King’s College London, he was knighted in 2002. 

Dr Andrew Roberts

Keynote Speaker

Dr Andrew Roberts FRSL FRHistS  has a PhD from Cambridge University, is a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department of King’s College, London, the Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, and the author of 13 books, including Eminent Churchillians, Hitler and Churchill, A History of the English-speaking Peoples Since 1900, The Storm of War: A History of the Second World War, Masters and Commanders: How Roosevelt, Churchill, Alanbrooke and Marshall Won the War in the West, and now his single-volume biography, Churchill: Walking with Destiny.

He is a Trustee of the International Churchill Society, the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust and the National Portrait Gallery.

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Nicholas Shakespeare

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Nicholas Shakespeare was born in Worcester and grew up in France, Cambodia and South America.

Translated into more than 20 languages, his prize-winning novels include The Vision of Elena Silves (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and Betty Trask Award), The High Flyer, for which he was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, 1993; and The Dancer Upstairs, which was chosen as the Best Novel of 1997 by the American Libraries Association, and in 2001 made into a film by John Malkovich.

His non-fiction includes the critically acclaimed authorized biography of Bruce Chatwin, and In Tasmania, winner of the 2007 Tasmania Book Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2016 was a Visiting Fellow of All Souls.

Professor David Stevenson

Keynote Speaker

David Stevenson is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, His main fields of interests lie in international relations in Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; origins, course, and impact of the First World War.

Professor David Stevenson newest book 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution is an international history of the year 1917. The book was released by Oxford University Press on 12 October 2017. It was chosen as one of Simon Heffer’s outstanding books of the year in 2017 in The Telegraph.

He has recently co-edited and contributed to a book for Oxford University Press: Arms Races in International Politics from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Centuries (2016).

He is the adviser to ‘Europeana 1914-1918 Learning Website’, which so far has had nearly 1.2 million individual visits.

Professor Stevenson is a Member of the academic advisory committee for the Imperial War Museum’s new First World War Galleries, which opened on 19 July 2014.

Adam Zamoyski

Keynote Speaker

Adam Zamoyski is a British historian of Polish origin. He is the author of the best-selling 1812. Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow and its sequel Rites of Peace. The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna, as well as several other acclaimed works on key figures and aspects of European history. His books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Persian as well as most of the European languages. His comprehensive history of Poland, The Polish Way, not only featured in the best-seller lists for several weeks when it came out in 1987, but has never been out of print since.

Zamoyski has also contributed to all the major British papers and periodicals, as well as lecturing widely in England, Europe and the United States.

Professor Ian Beckett

Professor Ian Beckett retired as Professor of Military History from the University of Kent in 2015. Previously, he held chairs in both the UK and the US including at the US Marine Corps University. He was Chairman of the Council of the Army Records Society from 2000 to 2014, and has been Secretary of the Buckinghamshire Military Museum since 1985. He is internationally known for his work on the First World War, and the Victorian Army. His new book,

A British Profession of Arms: The Politics of Command in the Late Victorian Army, will be published in October 2018.

Dr Matthew Bennett

Dr Matthew Bennett, FSA (London), FRHistS, taught at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (1984-2014) and is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Winchester University. The focus of his research is the ethos and practice of warfare in the High Middle Ages, especially chivalry, largely through the medium of Old French literature. Publications include: Campaigns of the Norman Conquest (Osprey, 2001), the Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: the Middle Ages 768-1497, with N.H. Hooper (1996), Medieval World at War (Thames & Hudson, 2009) and Medieval Hostageship c. 700-c. 1500: hostage, captive, prisoner of war, guarantee, peacemaker, with K.A. Weikert (Routledge,2016), together with over two dozen articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and volumes of essays.

He also contributes to Public History and heritage programmes and has been a member of The Battlefields Trust since 1992 and a Trustee from 2004-16, including directing the Magna Carta project funded by a Heritage Fund grant in 2014-16.

Professor Jeremy Black

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at Exeter University. He is a prolific lecturer and writer, the author of over 100 books. Many concern aspects of eighteenth century British, European and American political, diplomatic and military history but he has also published on the history of the press, cartography, warfare, culture and on the nature and uses of history itself.

Dr Jonathan Boff

Jonathan Boff is a Senior Lecturer in History and War Studies at the University of Birmingham, where he teaches courses on conflict from Homer to Helmand. He specializes in the First World War. Haig’s Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany’s War on the Western Front, 1914-18 was published by Oxford University Press in April this year. His previous book, Winning and Losing on the Western Front: The British Third Army and the Defeat of Germany in 1918 (Cambridge University Press, 2012) was short-listed for the Templer Medal and for the British Army Book of the Year award. He was educated at Merton College, Oxford and the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and spent twenty years working in finance before returning to academia. He serves on the councils of the National Army Museum and Army Records Society, has worked as a historical consultant with the British Army and the BBC, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Dr Christopher Brice

Dr Christopher Brice read History and Politics at undergraduate level before embarking on a PhD thesis, initially as part of a joint research agreement between the War Studies Department at Sandhurst and De Montfort University. His first book, a biography of General Sir Henry Brackenbury entitled The Thinking Man’s Soldier, was published in 2013. His second a biography of Field Marshal Hugh Gough, 1st Viscount Gough entitled Brave as a Lion, was published in 2017. He is currently working on, Forgotten Victorian Generals, The Abyssinian Campaign 1867-68, and The British Army 1815-1868.  He is also the series editor for the publishers Helion & Co Ltd’s Warfare in the Victorian Age series.

Lynn Bryant

Lynn Bryant was born and raised in London’s East End. She studied History at University and has been a librarian, a relationship counsellor, an art gallery manager and has run an Irish dance school.

She lives in the Isle of Man and is married with two teenage children and three Labradors. History is still a passion, with a particular enthusiasm for the Napoleonic era and military history in general.

Lynn has published nine books, including four books in the Peninsular War saga and the first in a linked series about a Manx naval captain who fought at Trafalgar.

Professor John Buckley

John Buckley is Professor of Military History in the Department of History, Politics and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He has written widely on many aspects of warfare but particularly on the history of Air Power, the interwar era, and the Second World War.

Alongside a range of edited books he is the author of The RAF and Trade Defence 1919-1945 (Keele, 1995), Air Power in the Age of Total War (UCL, 1999), British Armour in the Normandy Campaign 1944 (Cass, 2004) and Monty’s Men: The British Army and the Liberation of Europe 1944-5 (Yale, 2013) for which he was awarded the Templer Medal by the Society for Army Historical Research. He has just published (co-authored with Paul Beaver) The RAF: The First Hundred Years (Oxford, 2018) and is currently working on an oral history of the British Army in Northwest Europe 1944-5 and on a book, Highway to the Reich: Operation Market Garden 1944 (Yale).

Stephen Cooper

Stephen Cooper read Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford, prior to working as a solicitor. Since retirement in 2008 he has pursued his interest in history of all kinds, especially medieval history.

Stephen has had 3 books published by Pen & Sword and has self-published two further books based on original research. He has had around a dozen articles published in History Today.

Professor Anne Curry

Anne is the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton. She is a medieval historian with special interests in the Hundred Years War and, more specifically, Agincourt. 2015 was a really momentous year as it marked the 600th anniversary of the battle. Anne gave many talks in the UK, France and USA, and was historical adviser to the Royal Armouries exhibition at the Tower of London.

As chair of the Trustees of Agincourt 600, Anne was heavily involved in the commemorations and the awarding of grants from the £1m which it received from HM Government for the anniversary. The greatest honour was being invited to speak in English and French on the day itself (25 October) at the inauguration of a new monument at the battlefield.

Dr James Davey

James is a historian of Britain and its maritime world, focusing on the Royal Navy in the seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He believes that naval and maritime history is central to understanding the past and offers opportunities to engage with a remarkable range of other historiographies. His research and teaching look beyond the traditional remit of maritime history to analyse the political, economic, social and cultural forces which created the navy, and which were in turn were shaped by its activities. His recent book, In Nelson’s Wake: The Navy and the Napoleonic Wars was published by Yale University Press in 2015 and placed the Royal Navy’s actions in these broader contexts.

James is a member of the University of Exeter’s Centre for Maritime Historical Studies and tweets some of his historical musings at @drjamesdavey. Prior to working at Exeter he was a curator at the National Maritime Museum.

Professor Saul David

Saul David is Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham and Programme Director for Buckingham’s London-based MPhil in Military History. He  was born in Monmouth and educated at Ampleforth College and Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities (History MA and PhD).

He began writing his first history book when he was twenty-five and has now completed twelve (one edited). Saul has also written three historical novels set in the late Victorian period. An experienced broadcaster, Saul appears often on British radio and television. Saul gives frequent talks about military history and has spoken at all the major literary festivals.

David Donachie

Born in Edinburgh in 1944, David left school aged 14 years with no qualifications. Since 1990, he has penned 50 novels on Nelson & Emma Hamilton, the 18th Century Navy (Inc. criminality), Ancient Rome, 11th Century Norman mercenaries, the Crusades & 6th Century Byzantium as well as five thrillers and some ghosting.

His first book jackets said he’d had more jobs than birthdays: decorator, salesman, truck driver, ice-cream vendor, cleaner, packer, theatre worker as well as an entrepreneur who launched a dozen unsuccessful projects.
Once asked by a radio interviewer why he’d become a writer he replied…. ‘Desperation. I’ve tried everything else.’

Professor Isabelle Duyvesteyn

Isabelle Duyvesteyn is Professor of International Studies / Global History at the Leiden University Institute for History and Special Chair in Strategic Studies at the Leiden University  Institute of Political Science.

She completed her PhD at the Department of War Studies at King’s College in London. Previously she has worked at the Royal Military Academy in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Institute for International Relations.

Her research interests include the nature of war and peace in the developing world, irregular warfare and strategy, the history of terrorism and counter-terrorism, strategic culture and intelligence and rebel governance.

She is a member of the national Advisory Council for International Affairs assigned to advise the Netherlands government on issues of peace and security, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Netherlands Defence Academy and a member of several book and journal editorial boards.

Professor Charles Esdaile

Charles Esdaile is Professor of History at the University of Liverpool. His The Peninsular War was acclaimed by many reviewers, including Andrew Roberts and Bernard Cornwell.

A historian working at the interface of military, political and social history, he is a specialist on Spain in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era, and, more specifically the Peninsular War of 1808-14. However, his work has also ranged over the history of Spain in the whole period from 1788 to 1939, as well as the general history of Napoleon and his empire. Having recently published articles on the Bonaparte Kingdom of Spain, women in the Peninsular War and the siege of Burgos, he is currently working on a study of France in 1815.

Professor Alan Forrest

Alan Forrest is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of York. He works on modern French history, especially the period of the French Revolution and Empire, and on the history of modern warfare.

He serves on the editorial boards of French History and War in History and is a member of the advisory committee for Annales Historiques de la Revolution Francaise. He also co-edits a series for Palgrave-Macmillan on ‘War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850’.

Iain Gale

Is the author of nine military historical novels and five works of military history, including Always a Borderer, the official regimental history of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers and Scotland Forever, an account of the Scots Greys at Waterloo, based on the memoirs and diaries of those who took part.
Other acclaimed historical works include Four Days in June, an account of the Waterloo campaign and Alamein.

His most recent book, a new history of the first day of the Somme, is published this autumn.
From 2012-2015 Iain sat on the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Waterloo Committee at Edinburgh Castle. He is a recognised authority on the battle and has taken numerous tours around the battlefield including a tactical military exercise for 32 US Army officers.

He also guides regular battlefield tours to the Somme, Culloden and the Normandy battlefields.
He was deputy art critic of The Independent from 1990 to 1996 and of Art Critic of Scotland on Sunday from 1996 to 2006 and apart from his military writing has also published eleven books on art historical subjects

Professor Peter Gaunt

Peter Gaunt is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Chester. He has researched and written widely on the civil wars of the 1640s as well as on the post-war political settlement and the Cromwellian Protectorate. He is author or editor of fourteen books, including studies of the civil war in Britain and Ireland, in England and Wales and in Wales alone. His most recent publications are The English Civil War: A Military History (I B Tauris, 2014) and a new edition of the late Barry Coward’s The Stuart Age (Routledge, 2017).

He is currently working on a study of the personal experiences and surviving first person accounts of the civil war entitled The Metamorphosis of War, to be published by Helion.

Dr Adrian Goldsworthy

Adrian Goldsworthy was born in 1969, was educated in South Wales, read Ancient and Modern History at St. John’s College, Oxford, and was subsequently awarded a D.Phil. in Ancient History in 1994. His thesis was on the Roman Army and he has written a dozen popular books on aspects of ancient history.  These include Caesar.  The life of a Colossus (2006), Pax Romana (2016) and Hadrian’s Wall (2018).  He taught for several years in a number of universities before becoming a full time writer.

In 2011 his first novel, True Soldier Gentlemen was published.  This was the start of a series following a group of young officers through the Peninsular War.  Although the main characters and the 106th Foot are fictional, all of their adventures are closely based on fact.  Vindolanda, his first novel set in the Roman period was released in 2017.  He often appears in TV and Radio documentaries.

John Hussey

John Hussey worked for thirty years for British Petroleum in many parts of the world, managing operations in the Congo in the mid 1960s and Nigeria in the mid ‘70s.  He received an OBE in 1971.  He is now 85.

After retirement he enlarged his interests in British military history, writing many articles on different aspects of World War 1, contributing to the BBC’s innovative ‘TimeWatch Haig’ [1996], and to several books such as Passchendaele in Perspective [1997], Haig, a Reappraisal, 70 Years On [1998].

He wrote a short study of Marlborough as a commander [2004] and latterly issued his Waterloo, the Campaign of 1815, which has been awarded the 2017 Templer Prize.

Dr Michael Jones

Michael did his history PhD at the University of Bristol and subsequently taught at the University of South West England, Glasgow University and Winchester College. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History and now works as a freelance writer, tour guide and presenter.

Among his history titles Michael has written on the battles of Agincourt, Bosworth, Stalingrad and Leningrad, and in After Hitler, provided an account of the last days of the Second World War in Europe. He is also the author, with Malcolm Underwood, of The King’s Mother (a biography of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII), with Philippa Langley, The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III and with Philippa Gregory and David Baldwin, The Women of the Cousins’ War.

Michael has been a consultant to a number of TV programmes, including Channel 4’s Richard III: Fact or Fiction, the History Channel’s Warriors series, the National Geographic’s Mystery Files and Russia Today’s The Children of Stalingrad. He has also been interviewed on the BBC’s Today programme and appeared on Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time. His most recent book is a biography of the Black Prince.

Sir John Kiszely

John Kiszely served in the British Army for forty years, rising to the rank of lieutenant general. His operational service included Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands, Bosnia and Iraq. He served three tours of duty in the Ministry of Defence, latterly as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff.

From 2014-2017 he was a visiting research fellow on the Changing Character of War Programme at Pembroke College, Oxford while writing his book Anatomy of a Campaign. The British Fiasco in Norway, 1940for which he was awarded the 2018 Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History.

Dr Roger Knight

Roger Knight spent the majority of his career as a curator at the National Maritime Museum, leaving as Deputy Director in 2000. He then taught at the Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich until 2014, and is now a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

He wrote The Pursuit of Victory: the life and achievement of Horatio Nelson (2005), led a research project into the victualling organization of the Navy, 1793-1815, then Britain against Napoleon: the Organization of Victory, 1793-1815 (2013). He is currently working on a book on British convoys in the Napoleonic War.

Dr Andrew Lacey

Andrew Lacey has a doctorate for work on King Charles I and has been teaching in adult education for over 25 years. Currently, he is a Tutor for the Continuing Education departments at both the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford and his historical interests range from the Tudors, the English Civil War to 19th and 20th century British and European history, although his heart is in the seventeenth-century!

His most recent book – The English Civil War in 100 Facts – was published by Amberley in July 2017.

Professor Andrew Lambert

Andrew Lambert is Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. After completing his research at KCL he taught at Bristol Polytechnic,(now the University of West of England), the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and also Director of the Laughton Naval Unit housed in the Department.

Dr Frank Ledwidge

Frank Ledwidge is Senior Fellow at Portsmouth Business School. He spent fifteen years at the front end of British foreign policy, dealing with problems such as torture, human trafficking and war crimes in the Balkans, Central Asia and the Middle East.

He was an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve for 15 years and holds law degrees from Oxford and Huddersfield Universities and received his doctorate in war studies from Kings College London in 2015.

Frank is the author of several well-reviewed books and is regular commentator on national and international print and broadcast media. He has given evidence to the UK House of Commons Defence Committee on National Strategy and has spoken at conferences all over the world on war and law. In 2016 he was privileged to deliver one of Cambridge University’s annual ‘Darwin Lectures’.

Dr Nick Lloyd

Dr Nick Lloyd is Reader in Military & Imperial History at King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command & Staff College in Shrivenham, Wiltshire. He is the author of four books, including Hundred Days: The End of the Great War, and most recently Passchendaele: A New History, which was a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller.

Dr Clare Makepeace

Dr Clare Makepeace is the author of Captives of War. British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War (runner-up in the 2018 Society for Army Historical Research Templer Best First Book Prize).

Her work focuses upon British servicemen’s experiences in the two World Wars. She has published in numerous academic books and journals, as well as more popular outlets including the Daily Mail and BBC news online.

Clare’s work on prostitution in World War One inspired a regional theatre production. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London.

Professor Evan Mawdsley

Evan Mawdsley was Professor of International History at the University of Glasgow. He was educated in the United States and Britain and received his PhD from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London.  Among his publications are The Russian Revolution and the Baltic Fleet, The Russian Civil War, Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War, World War II: A New History, and December 1941: Twelve Days that Began a World War. He was general editor of the three-volume Cambridge History of the Second World War (2015) and is currently writing a history of the Second World War at sea.

Major General Mungo Melvin

Having served in the Royal Engineers and General Staff for over 36 years, Mungo Melvin retired from the British Army in 2011, but remains active as a reservist. Emeritus President of the British Commission for Military History, he is a senior visiting research fellow of King’s College London, senior associate fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, chairman of the Royal Engineers Historical Society and honorary vice president of the Western Front Association.

Author of Manstein: Hitler’s Greatest General (2010) and Sevastopol’s Wars: Crimea from Potemkin to Putin (2017), he has contributed to many studies of the two world wars.

Roger Moorhouse

Roger Moorhouse is a historian and author, specialising in Nazi Germany, Central Europe and World War Two in Europe.
A fluent German speaker, he is the author of a number of books – including ‘Berlin at War’ (Basic Books, 2010), ‘The Devils’ Alliance’ (Bodley Head, 2014) and ‘The Third Reich in 100 Objects’ (Greenhill, 2017) – and has been published in over 20 languages.

Roger is a visiting professor, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a book reviewer for the national and specialist history press.  He lives in Hertfordshire, UK.

Dr Ismini Pells

Ismini obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge. Since then, she has worked as a research associate at the University of Exeter and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Leicester.

Her publications concentrate on early modern military history and the British Civil Wars in particular, as well as the impact of warfare on medical developments in this period. She is currently writing a biography of Philip Skippon, commander of the infantry in the New Model Army, to be published by Routledge. Ismini is a trustee of the Society for Army Historical Research and the Cromwell Association.

Professor William Philpott

William Philpott is Professor of the History of Warfare in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He writes on the history of the First World War and its consequences, with particular focus on strategy and military operations and the British and French armies. He has published Bloody Victory: The Sacrifice on the Somme and the Making of the Twentieth Century (Little, Brown, 2009) and Attrition: Fighting the First World War(Little, Brown, 2014). He is currently editing a study of French military leaders in the First Word War, and his next major work will be a survey of the conflicts in Europe and the Middle East that arose from the First World War. He has been a councillor of the National Army Museum and Secretary General of the British Commission for Military History.

Robert Pocock

Robert is the acknowledged authority on the life of Cavalié Mercer, the most famous junior officer at Waterloo 1815, where he commanded G Troop RHA before penning his renowned Journal of the Waterloo Campaign. In 2015 he led the restoration of Mercer’s grave for the 200th battle commemorations.

His approach to enjoying and challenging accepted Peninsular War and Waterloo history stretches from revisiting original journals, old maps, an interest in the participants from all nations, the evolution of battlefield landscapes over time and, vitally, exploring and walking the terrain from all directions. He shares his passion and research as Founder, Director and Guide of Campaigns & Culture, the top-end Waterloo, Peninsular & Napoleonic tour specialist.

One day he’ll get around to writing some books, but in the meantime his varied interests on the board of a number of regional and international companies, together with his historical research and tours keep him heavily occupied.

Dr Jacqueline Reiter

Jacqueline Reiter has a PhD in late 18th century history from the University of Cambridge. Her first book, The Late Lord: the life of John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham (Pen and Sword, 2017), was described as “well written, entertaining and perceptive … a model biography” by Rory Muir, and “charming and hugely impressive as a feat of scholarship” by John Bew.

Her articles have appeared in History Today and in the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research; she is currently co-writing a chapter with John Bew for the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.

Dr Laura Rowe

Laura’s primary research interest focuses on the social and cultural history of the First World War and on the Royal Navy in particular, where she looks primarily at issues of moral, discipline and combat motivation, and on the relationship between the navy as a military institution and the society from which it was drawn. She also has a wider interest in the cultural and social history of warfare, and of the commemoration and memorialisation of war in the first half of the twentieth century.

Professor Alaric Searle

Alaric Searle is Professor of Modern European History, School of Arts and Media, University of Salford. He holds the MA (Hons.) in History and M.Phil. in Defence Studies from the University of Edinburgh, a doctorate from the Free University Berlin, and a Habilitation from the University of Munich.

Among his publications are Wehrmacht Generals, West German Society, and the Debate on Rearmament, 1949-1959 (Praeger, 2003), Armoured Warfare: A Military, Political and Global History (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), and, as Editor, The Military Papers and Correspondence of Major-General J.F.C. Fuller, 1916-1933 (The History Press, 2017).

Over the last few years, Professor Searle has held a number of visiting appointments, including Visiting Scholar, St. John’s College, Oxford (2009), Honorary Fellow, Historisches Kolleg, Munich (2012), Visiting Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford (2016/17), and has been, since 2016, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of History, Nankai University, PRC. He is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the German Military History Society since 2007.

Professor Gary Sheffield

Gary is one of the UK’s leading military historians. His many books include Forgotten Victory – The First World War: Myths & Realities (2001), A Short History of the First World War (2014), and Douglas Haig: From the Somme to Victory (2016). His most recent book appeared this year: Wellington in the ‘Pocket Giants’ series. Gary is currently writing Civilian Armies, a comparative history of the experience of British and Dominion soldiers across the two world wars.

Since 2013 Gary has been Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, having previous held Chairs at the University of Birmingham and King’s College London. Gary is a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and is Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Curriers. He regularly writes for the BBC History Magazine and History Today, and often appears on radio and television and writes in the national press. He advises the Department of Media, Culture and Sport and the Ministry of Defence on the First World War centenary. Married with a grown up daughter and son, Gary lives in Wantage.

Professor Edward Spiers

Edward M. Spiers is a professor of strategic studies and the Pro-Dean of Research in the Faculty of Arts at Leeds University. He is the author of many books, including Weapons of Mass Destruction: Prospects for Proliferation, and has contributed to publications such as Intelligence and National Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, and Defence Analysis.

Edward has undertaken research in British military history 1815-1914 and chemical and biological warfare since 1915. His current research project is co-editing A Military History of Scotland (Edinburgh University Press) and is writing the chapter on ‘Scots and the Wars of Empire, 1815-1914’.

Professor Malcolm Wanklyn

Malcolm Wanklyn BA. MA. Ph.D. is emeritus professor of history at the University of Wolverhampton. His most recent publications include Reconstructing the New Model Army (2015, 2016) and Parliament’s Generals: Supreme Command and Politics in the British Wars 1642-51 (2018).

His current research is on the English army in Ireland 1642-62, and he is thinking seriously about writing a revisionary account of Oliver Cromwell’s career during the British Wars 1642-1651.

Tom Williams

Tom Williams used to write books for business. Now he writes novels set in the 19th century that are generally described as fiction but which are often more honest than the business books. The stories have given him the excuse to travel to Argentina, Egypt and Borneo and call it research.

Tom lives in London. His main interest is avoiding doing any honest work and this leaves him with time to ski, skate and dance tango, all of which he does quite well. In between he reads old books and spends far too much time looking at ancient weaponry.

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Professor Ian Beckett

Honorary Professor of Military History, University of Kent

Military history is arguably more popular with the public than ever, and this festival is a welcome and unique opportunity for military historians to showcase some of the most exciting new directions and discoveries in the subject.