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Martin Farrar


Research Interests:

  • War reporting and newspapers in the First World War
  • First World War air raids
  • Intelligence services in the First World War
  • Programme and project management
  • Business strategy development and planning


The Illusory Threat: Enemy Aliens in Britain during the Great War

Martin’s research explores the methodology and workings of the infant intelligence community and places the use of intelligence through the work of the Secret Service Bureau (M.I.5) at the centre of the governmental decision making process in relation to enemy aliens during the First World War.


First Supervisor: Professor William Philpott

Second Supervisor: Professor Brian Holden-Reid


Martin holds a MA in Twentieth Century Historical Studies (University of Westminster) and a BA (Hons) in History (University of St Mark and St John).  Following his studies he researched a book on war reporting during the First World War.  Martin is currently employed with The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the role of Strategic Planning Manager. This involves working with CIMA’s Senior Management team and Council to define, implement and report on corporate strategies and build future capability.  Interest areas include; blue ocean strategies, portfolio management, benefits realisation management, programme management (MSP), risk management and project management (PRINCE2)


M J Farrar, News From the Front: War Correspondents on the Western Front 1914-1918 (Stroud, 1998)

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