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'The Long Trail, North West Frontier of British India, 1919', National Army Museum 1999-09-72-10.

Photo: 'The Long Trail, North West Frontier of British India, 1919', National Army Museum 1999-09-72-10

The Military History Working Group, established last term by the Centre for Geopolitics, will continue meeting in Lent Term in the Engelsberg Room in Fitzwilliam House (Mondays at 4pm). The group brings together Cambridge-based scholars working on the history of war and the military to discuss each other’s work and approaches. Convened by Eamonn O’Keeffe, the National Army Museum Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College, it is ecumenical in terms of chronology, discipline, and scope. This term our speakers will discuss eighteenth-century British grand strategy, black soldiers in the Caribbean, and twentieth-century military affairs from aerial bombing and mutinies in Africa and the Middle East. The group will also visit the Churchill Archive Centre to learn more about their collections, which include the papers of Sir Winston Churchill and Field Marshal Slim.

The group encourages papers and participation from students, early career researchers, and faculty members. Members of the public are also welcome; please write to Eamonn O'Keeffe ( to indicate your interest in attending.

Monday 23 January
•    Tom Lowman - Charles Arube and the 1974 Uprising: Mutiny as Dialogue in Amin’s Uganda
•    Danny Orbach - From Deception to Mass Murder: Operation Mole and the Kafr Qasim Massacre (1956) as a Case Study
Monday 13 February
•    Italo Brandimarte - Aerial Experiences of Empire in the Abyssinian War
Monday 20 February - Visit to the Churchill Archive Centre (Jock Colville Hall, 4pm)
•    Hosted by Mr Allen Packwood, Churchill Archives Centre director
Monday 6 March
•    Saul Yardley - Bedford, Bute and Pitt in Parliament: Debating the Continental Commitment in the Seven Years’ War
•    Jesús Sanjurjo-Ramos - Black Soldiers of the Caribbean: General Lorenzo’s Uprising of 1836 in Santiago de Cuba