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Dr Huw Davies

Dr Huw Davies

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Deputy Head, Online & Digital

Reader in Early Modern Military History.

Research subject areas

  • Conflict
  • History
  • Security

Contact details


Dr Huw J Davies is a Reader in Early Modern Military History, and has been a member of the Defence Studies Department since March 2005. Dr Davies gained his PhD from the University of Exeter in 2006, and, in addition to numerous articles on Napoleonic military history, he has written two books on the subject: Wellington’s Wars: The Making of a Military Genius, published by Yale University Press in 2012 and Spying for Wellington: British Military Intelligence in the Peninsular War, published by Oklahoma University Press in 2018. His area of research focuses on the activities of the British Army between 1750 and 1850. As a result he has conducted research in the United States, India, Pakistan and Australia, as well as in archives in Europe. Dr Davies has also held fellowships at the University of Michigan, the Huntington Library in California and at Yale University. 

Research Interests

  • Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century European Warfare
  • Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Imperial Expansion and Warfare (Colonial America, Central Asia, India, Africa)
  • The Military Enlightenment
  • The Military Revolution
  • Military Learning, Adaptation and Innovation
  • Intelligence History

MA Special Subject

Britain as a Military Power 1754-1815

Doctoral Supervision

Dr Davies is happy to receive proposals for research degrees in any of the above subjects.


Dr Huw Davies PURE Profile