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Foley, Dr Robert

Dr Robert Foley

Contact Details

Civilian Email: robert.foley@kcl.ac.uk

Military E-mail: rfoley.jscsc@da.mod.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1793 788091

Twitter: @RobertFoleyKCL

Research Interests

  • First World War
  • German Military Thought, 1871-1945
  • Military Innovation and Learning

MA Special Subject

The Origins of the First World War, 1870-1914

Biography

I first taught at the Defence Studies Department from 2000 to 2005, and I rejoined the department as a reader in September 2012 after seven years at the School of History, University of Liverpool. I am currently Deputy Dean of Academic Studies (Research). Additionally, I am co-director of the First World War Research Group (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/dsd/research/researchgroups/fwwrg/index.aspx) and I administer the Department’s research blog – defenceindepth.co.

My research currently has two main areas. First, I have long focused on the development of German military thought in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The emphasis in this research has been on the development of strategic and operational ideas and how these shaped German operations, and German battlefield successes and failures, in the First World War. My publications in this area include German Strategy and the Path to Verdun (Cambridge, 2004), which won the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize in 2005, and Alfred von Schlieffen’s Military Writings (London, 2003). My German Army in the First World War will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

The second area of my research focus is on learning and innovation in wartime. This project is currently in its early stages and combines a history (examining in particular learning during the First World War), contemporary strategic studies (exploring learning in the British armed forces during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan) and management theory (applying and adapting organizational learning and knowledge management theories to armed forces). I have published a number of articles in this area, and my article ‘Learning War’s Lessons: The German Army and the Battle of the Somme, 1916,’ Journal of Military History (2012) was awarded a Moncado Prize by the Society for Military History.

I have been very active in the centenary of the First World War commemorations, including playing a leading role in organizing the commemorative events of the Defence Academy, aiding the British Army in its commemorations, and giving numerous public lectures and scholarly papers on German strategy and operations during the war.

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