War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

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Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s College London (Strand Campus)



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War and conflict continue to shape the world in which we live in profound and unexpected ways. Yet despite the historical and contemporary importance of war, the academy has struggled to develop a comprehensive approach to its study. Disciplinary lines cut across the topic, and varying approaches all-too-often compete with rather than complement each other in shaping a broader appreciation of conflict in the round.

Hosted by the Defence Studies Department and the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War at King's College London, this event will comprise three main themes: the study of war within the broader discipline of history, the place of historical study within War Studies, and how the people who study the history of war shape the discipline. By investigating case studies from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-first century using a diverse range of methodological approaches, the event aims to foster an open dialogue about:

- How scholars have studied and written about the history of conflict in the past

- Current developments in the field

- How we might promote innovative approaches and methodologies

- Inter and intra disciplinary collaboration in the study of war

The event aims to take a first step towards a new way of thinking about the history of conflict, and the role its study can play in the modern world.

Registration is free, although spaces are limited. You can secure a place by signing up through the Eventbrite page, through which you can register to receive updates about the event. A limited travel bursary is available for postgraduate students. For more information and to apply, please contact Dr. David Morgan-Owen at

For further information about the event and any enquiries, please contact Mrs Danielle MacDivitt at


0900-0915 - Registration

0915-1015 - Keynote: ‘Always a Marginal Pursuit? Academic Military History in the Twentieth Century’ - Dr Michael Finch (King’s College London)

1015-1030 - Coffee

1030- 1200 Panel 1: War in History

Prof Alex Watson (Goldsmiths), Prof Susan-Mary Grant (Newcastle University), Dr Erica Charters (University of Oxford)

Chair: Prof David Edgerton (King’s College London)

1200-1300 - Lunch

1300-1430 Panel 2: History in War Studies

Dr Tarak Barkawai (London School of Economics), Dr Jonathan Fennell (King’s College London), Prof Simon Wessely (King’s College London)

Chair: Dr Heather Jones (London School of Economics)

1430-1445 - Coffee

1445-1615 Panel 3: Historians and War: How the people who study the history of war shape the discipline

Dr Anna Brinkman (University of Warwick), Dr Aimée Fox-Godden (King’s College London), Michael Watson (Cambridge University Press), Dr Peter Johnson (National Army Museum)

Chair: Dr David Morgan-Owen (King's College London)

1615-1630 - Coffee

1630-1730 - Keynote: Prof Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews)

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