New seminar series: Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War, KCL, Strand Campus

Seminar series, 2018
Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War, King’s College London, Strand Campus, room S8.08
Time: 17.15
Download programme: 2018 SMHC seminars

13 Feb: Ripples in the Sand: the Great War in the Sahara – Jonathan Krause (KCL) – in the Pyramid Room, K4U.04

27 Feb: Did Louis IX read Vegetius? New perspectives on the battle of Taillebourg (1242)
– Amicie Pélissié du Rausas (Université de Poitiers)

13 March: Manpower and State Power in Eighteenth-century Wars – Erica Charters (University of Oxford)

27 March: ‘He Don’t Mean To Fight You He Only Means To Kill You’: The Significance of the Victorio Campaign 1877- 1881 – Robert Watt (University of Birmingham)

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1st Joint KCL/Oxford History of War Conference

The study of the history of war at King’s College London and the University of Oxford has long been intertwined, owing to the figure of Sir Michael Howard. At King’s, the sustained growth and success of the Department of War Studies, and the new Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War attest to this. At Oxford, Howard’s legacy is reflected in a sustained engagement with the history of war beyond operational military history, taking seriously wider cultural, economic, intellectual, political, and social entanglements of armed conflict.

This conference aims to bring together postgraduate research students working at King’s College London and the University of Oxford in order to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas or work in progress, and foster new connections and exchanges between the two institutions. The conference aims to create an inclusive forum to showcase current research on war and armed conflict in all its breadth and will therefore accept submissions from historians in any and all fields, working on a range of periods.

We invite historians working on a variety of aspects of war, whether they are interested in operational military history or the representation of war in art or poetry, to present their research. Submissions are welcomed from scholars working on any disciplinary approach to armed conflict in any period.

The conference will take place at King’s College London on 23 April 2018.

Proposals (c. 300 words) for papers of 20 minutes should be submitted to the organisers at by 1 March 2018.

KCL Conference Report: Jutland, History and the First World War

King’s College London’s Defence-in-Depth blog has posted a conference report on Jutland, History and the First World War.

This is the fifth in a series of posts connected to a King’s College First World War Research Group and Corbett Centre Event to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland. Recordings of all of the papers from the event can be accessed for free on the site.

New blog post for KCL’s Defence-in-Depth website

Hanna Smyth, who is completing her DPhil on the relationship between Commonwealth War Graves Commission sites and identity, recently contributed to Kings College London’s blog Defence-in-Depth, Research from the Defence Studies Department. Her blog, ‘Identities set in Stone? The Delville Wood and Vimy Memorials as Sites of Hybridity’, can be accessed here.