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Biography

Joshua is a doctoral candidate within the Department of War Studies, and holds an MA in the History of War from King’s College London, for which he was awarded a distinction. He is a regular contributor to the military magazine The Armourer, and has appeared on BBC Radio Berkshire talking about his research into the Dambusters Raid (1943) and the employment of animals during the First World War. Joshua currently teaches on the BA module 5SSW2055 War in the Twentieth Century, and is also co-convening and organising the internationally renowned ‘History of War’ conference, established by the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War (SMCHW).

Research Interests

First World War, Masculinity, Gender, British Army, Conscription, Military Identity

Thesis Title

“Other Ranks”: Military identity and masculinity among British conscripts on the Western Front, 1916–1918

Abstract

Joshua’s research explores how British conscripts serving on the Western Front during the First World War (re)defined concepts of hegemonic masculinity, in order to establish martial, counter-hegemonic self-identities. Such reformation enabled these servicemen to renegotiate socio-cultural stereotypes (concerning compulsory enlistment), and subsequently (re)create self-identities based upon a combination of divergent characteristics. These included notions of citizenship and national identity (comparable to other European states); neoclassical representations of gender (both visual and literary), and finally, pre-war, Edwardian socio-economic, -political and -cultural factors.

Supervisors

Professor William Philpott (first supervisor) & Dr John Stone (second supervisor)