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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.

The Centre promotes the scholarly history of war in all its dimensions, trains research students and hosts research projects and conferences. It also runs a flourishing MA in the History of War. We promote the study of the history of war from the ancient world to the recent past, dealing not just with the history of armed services but also all involved in warfare. War has been a central feature of human history and requires study by historians from many different vantage points - from economic history to cultural history, from international history to the history of science and technology.

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Sir Michael Howard Centre Annual Lecture

Every year the Centre hosts a major lecture from a prestigious speaker on an aspect of historical war. 

2020 Lecture: Sir Michael Howard and Clausewitz

In the first Annual Lecture since the death of Sir Michael Howard, Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Wardlaw Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, will discuss Michael Howard’s interpretation of Prussian general and military theorist, Carl von Clausewitz.

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