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Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War

In the 1960s the distinguished historian Sir Michael Howard had a vision for a new kind of history of war. It would be studied in all its complexity and seek also to examine how the history of war affected history in general. Michael Howard founded the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and went on to become Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford and Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University. Inspired by Howard’s ambitious agenda, the study of the history of war has flourished at King’s College London. It now has more historians studying war than any other comparable institution.

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Research Groups

British Empire at War Research Group

First World War Research Group

Laughton Naval Unit

Second World War Research Group


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Sir Michael Howard Centre

Department of War Studies

King's College London