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Niall Barr

Professor Niall Barr

Head of Defence Studies Department

  • Professor of Military History

Research interests

  • Conflict
  • History
  • Security

Biography

Professor Niall Barr is Professor of Military History, Head of the Defence Studies Department and Dean of Academic Studies. 

Educated at the University of St Andrews, he has previously taught at St Andrews and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He joined the Staff College in 2000, where he teaches on a wide range of military courses, including the Higher Command and Staff Course, and conducts numerous battlefield tours and staff rides.

His main research interest concerns the Anglo-American alliance in the Second World War, but he also has an enduring interest in the Scottish military tradition. His current research project concerns the role and importance of food in war.

Research Interests

  • The role of food and logistics in warfare
  • First World War (focusing particularly on 1918)
  • Second World War (focusing particularly on the North African and Mediterranean campaigns)
  • Anglo-American military co-operation
  • Veterans and ex-service affairs (focusing particularly on the British Legion)

MA Special Subject

The War in the Mediterranean 1940-1943

Doctoral Supervision

Professor Barr is happy to consider PhD supervision in any of the areas listed above.

 

Professor Niall Barr PURE Profile

Research

WW1
The First World War Research Group

The First World War Research Group brings together a wealth of expertise on military, diplomatic, social, and cultural aspects of the conflict.

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The Second World War Research Group

Second World War Research Group

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Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War

The centre promotes the scholarly history of war in all it's dimensions, trains research students and hosts research projects and conferences

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Conflict Records Unit

The Conflict Records Unit specialises in primary sources of contentious, war-related provenance and enduring historical value

News

Saki & Michael Dockrill Memorial Lecture focuses on controversial aspects of Kissinger's legacy

Professor Thomas Schwartz delivered a fascinating insight into Henry Kissinger to a large in-person and online audience

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Niall Barr to present at the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies

Professor Niall Barr of the Defence Studies Department was invited to Tunis from the 9 - 11 May 2018 by the British Ambassador, Louise De Souza, and the...

Prossor Niall Barr in Tunisia

Research

WW1
The First World War Research Group

The First World War Research Group brings together a wealth of expertise on military, diplomatic, social, and cultural aspects of the conflict.

war-1172111_1920
The Second World War Research Group

Second World War Research Group

SMHC newlogo 780x440
Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War

The centre promotes the scholarly history of war in all it's dimensions, trains research students and hosts research projects and conferences

archivepapers
Conflict Records Unit

The Conflict Records Unit specialises in primary sources of contentious, war-related provenance and enduring historical value

News

Saki & Michael Dockrill Memorial Lecture focuses on controversial aspects of Kissinger's legacy

Professor Thomas Schwartz delivered a fascinating insight into Henry Kissinger to a large in-person and online audience

kissinger no text

Niall Barr to present at the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies

Professor Niall Barr of the Defence Studies Department was invited to Tunis from the 9 - 11 May 2018 by the British Ambassador, Louise De Souza, and the...

Prossor Niall Barr in Tunisia