Military history has changed fundamentally in recent years and is very popular with the wider public, yet it still struggles to achieve recognition within the scholarly community and higher education sector. There are very few posts dedicated specifically to military history in British universities. Why is this and how might this deficiency be addressed? What is the role of military history written for a broader audience? What are the main areas of growth in military history today and which areas would repay closer attention? How can heritage institutions help?

To discuss these and other questions, the Centre for Geopolitics has assembled a panel made up of experts across various aspects of military history: 

Saul David is a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute and the author of many works of military history, including The Indian Mutiny: 1857; Crucible of Hell: The Heroism and Tragedy of Okinawa, 1945; SBS – Silent Warriors: The Authorised Wartime History; and Devil Dogs: King Company, Third Battalion, 5th Marines – From Guadalcanal to the Shores of Japan.

Nicole Hartwell is the National Army Museum Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Her most recent publications include a chapter in the catalogue for the forthcoming Defaced! Money, Conflict, Protest exhibition; Framing colonial war loot: The “captured” spolia opima of Kunwar Singh; and a co-written chapter with Henrietta Lidchi, Colonial collections in British military museums: Of objects, materiality and sentiment. She is currently writing her first monograph, a study of the British Indian Army from an art-historical perspective.

Glyn Prysor is Research Director at the National Army Museum. A public historian specialising in twentieth-century military history, he is the author of Citizen Sailors: The Royal Navy in the Second World War. Prior to joining the NAM he served as Chief Historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, working closely with the BBC, and the UK and Commonwealth governments on major international commemorations.

Chair: Brendan Simms is Director of the Centre for Geopolitics and author of several works on military history including The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo and The Silver Waterfall: How America Won the War in the Pacific at Midway.

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