Dr Aimée Fox is an historian of warfare. Her research focuses on the twentieth-century and explores how military organisations innovate and change in historic and contemporary contexts.
In 2016, Aimée joined King’s from the Department of History at the University of Birmingham where she also completed her AHRC-funded doctorate on innovation and change in the British Army of the First World War.
Aimée is a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy. She is a member and a current Trustee of the Society for Military History. She previously served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Military History and currently sits on the Editorial Advisory Boards of British Journal for Military History and Journal of Advanced Military Studies. She also serves on the National Army Museum’s research and collections advisory panel, which helps shape the museum’s exhibitions and collections policies. Aimée has held fellowships with the Australian Defence Force Academy, Australian War Memorial, Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Future Warfare at Marine Corps University, and the Royal British Legion. She is currently book reviews editor (post-1815) for War in History and a series editor for Brill’s History of Warfare series.
- First World War
- Military innovation and adaptation
- Organisational learning and change
- Social and Military History of the British and Commonwealth armed forces, 1865-1939
Aimée’s primary research interests focus on the British military in the era of the First World War (c.1899-1919). Her research considers how armed forces—both historic and contemporary—accommodate and respond to change, along with the frictions associated with the movement of expertise, experience, and knowledge between and within organisations as well as across geographical boundaries.
She is currently pursuing two research projects: first, an exploration of the importance of social relations, gossip, and informal networks to the process of innovation and change, and the ways in which the social politics of military organisations help or hinder innovation; and secondly, an examination of the emotional mobilisation of women, specifically military wives, during the First World War, exploring how intimacy, feelings, labour, and family were co-opted and exploited by the British military and the ways in which this was negotiated and contested by women.
Learning to Fight: Military Innovation and Change in the British Army, 1914-1918 (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
- Winner, 2018 Templer Medal for Best First Book
- Winner, 2018 British Army Military Book of the Year
- ‘Evacuating Gallipoli: Military Advice and the Politics of Decision-Making, 1915-16’, in W.D. Mills and T.G. Heck (eds.), Armies in Retreat: Chaos, Cohesion, and Consequences (Fort Leavenworth, KS: Army University Press, forthcoming in 2022)
- ‘From Gallipoli to the Western Front: The Difficulties of Learning and Adapting across Theatres’, in P. Dennis (ed.), The Skill of Adaptability: The Learning Curve in Combat (Big Sky, 2018)
- ‘“I have never felt more utterly yours”: Presence, Intimacy, and Long-Distance Marriages in the First World War’, Journal of British Studies (FirstView, 2022)
- ‘The Secret of Efficiency? Social Relations and Patronage in the British Army in the Era of the First World War’, English Historical Review 135 (577) (2020), pp.1527-57
- ‘Goats Mingling with Sheep? Professionalisation, Personalities, and Partnerships between British Civil and Military Engineers, c.1837-1939’, War & Society 38 (4) (2019), pp.268-85
- ‘Thomas Cook’s Tourists: The Challenges and Benefits of Inter-Theatre Service in the British Army of the First World War’, Journal of Historical Geography 58 (4) (2017), pp. 82-91
Aimée has published widely on the British Army's experience in the era of the First World War. Her next major publication is a scholarly edition of the papers of Major General Guy Dawnay for the Army Records Society, due for publication by Boydell & Brewer in 2023.
Dr Aimee Fox PURE Profile
Dr Fox can accept new PhD students, and would be happy to supervise doctoral research in the following broad subject areas:
- Military history of the First World War
- Military innovation, learning, and adaptation in historic and contemporary contexts
- British and Commonwealth armed forces in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
Current PhD students include:
Please feel free to get in touch with Aimée to discuss a potential project.