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Fennell, Dr Jonathan

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Telephone: +44 (0) 1793 788069 


Research Interests

Jonathan’s research is primarily focused on modern British and Commonwealth history. His interests span a whole range of subjects that require inter-disciplinary approaches, including: combat morale and motivation theory; war and public philosophy; war and socio-political change and applied history. His current research project, Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War (Cambridge University Press, in press January 2019), aims to bridge 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 material culture and history of great armies in a world war, but also the political, social, and economic factors that influenced their behaviour and experience in the period running up to, during and immediately after the largest conflagration of the twentieth century.


Dr Jonathan Fennell is a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies 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, Chair of the Defence Studies Department MA Assessment Sub-Board, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Second World War Research Group and a member of the War Studies Research Ethics Panel. 

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

• Applied History

• Military Doctrine

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