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Dr Jonathan Fennell is a Reader in Modern History at King’s College London. He joined the Defence Studies Department in 2009; prior to this he worked as a management consultant in the City in London. Jonathan was awarded a Doctorate in 2008 and a Masters in 2003 in History from the University of Oxford after completing a History and Politics Degree at University College Dublin (2002). He also studied History as an Erasmus Scholar at Université Lumière Lyon II in 2000-2001. 

Jonathan is Co-Director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War and Co-Founder and President of the Second World War Research Group 

Jonathan’s research is focused primarily on modern British and Commonwealth history. His interests span a whole range of subjects that require inter-disciplinary approaches, including: military history; war and public philosophy; war and socio-political change; combat morale and motivation theory and applied history. His current research project, which has led to the publication of Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War (Cambridge University Press, 2019), bridges the gap between the military histories of Britain, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa in the Second World War and the political, social and economic histories of those countries. The project explores not only the history of great armies in a world war, but also the politicisation of citizen soldiers and how they shaped the world that emerged post 1945.

Dr Jonathan Fennell PURE Profile


Research subject areas

  • History
  • Conflict and security
  • International relations
  • Policy and society
  • Politics


PhD Supervision

Dr Fennell is happy to supervise PhD students in the following broad subject areas:

  • The Second World War
  • War and Socio-Political Change
  • War and Public Philosophy
  • Strategy
  • Morale and Motivation
  • Military Doctrine
  • Applied History