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Professor Michael Lawrence Dockrill

Professor Michael Lawrence Dockrill attended the London School of Economics, where he obtained a II.I B. Sc (Econ) in international history in 1961, an M.A. in American History at the University of Illinois in 1963, and a PhD on ‘The Formulation of a Continental Foreign Policy by Great Britain 1908-1912’ at the London School of Economics in 1969. He served in clerical and executive officer posts in the Foreign Office, Air Ministry and the Treasury between 19543 and 1962 and as a national serviceman in the Royal Air Force from 1955-7. He was an Assistant Lecturer in International Politics at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth from 1966 to 1967, Lecturer in History at Portsmouth Polytechnic from 1967 to 1970 and was appointed lecturer in War Studies on 1 January 1971 He was also a Teaching Fellow at the Institute of United States Studies , University of London, from 1987 to 1990, and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of History, Yale University.

Research & Achievements

Professor Dockrill has given lectures and papers on military and diplomatic history at the University of Perugia, at the Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, at the Japanese National Defence Agency Tokyo, the University of Bordeaux, the University of Paris, Sorbonne, the Inonu Foundation, Istanbul, the University of Calgary, the Mount Alison University, New Brunswick and the Royal Military College, Canada. He chaired an International Conference on the Paris Peace Conference at the Public Record Office, Kew in June 1999.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was member of its Council from 1998 to 2002 , Chair of the Executive Committee of the British International History Group (affiliated to the British International Studies Association) and Chair of the King’s College Senior Common Room from 1989 to 1995. He was British project leader of the British Council‘s British-German Academic Research Collaboration Programme from 1993 o 1995 which provided grants for joint consultation visits to German and to provide grants to postgraduate students for research purposes. He retired from King’s College in 2001.

 He was a distinguished professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s from 1995 to 2001 and has been an inspiration to students at the College for over 30 years. He has an international reputation as a scholar of diplomatic history, and in addition to his many individual publications which have brought credit to the College he established and developed the highly regarded Macmillan/Palgrave Studies in Military and Strategic History which now has almost 40 volumes.


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