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Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War

About the centre

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

To strengthen this remarkable concentration of effort and make it more visible, the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War has been established under The School of Security Studies and the Department of History. 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 all the armed services but also of all involved in warfare. War has been a central feature of human history which requires study by historians working in many traditions and fields. We study the history of war from many historiographical vantage points, from economic history to cultural history, from international history to the history of science and technology.

The Centre builds on existing strengths such as the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, the Hobson Library and Archive at the UK Defence Academy and a number of successful research sub-groups, such as the Second World War Research Group. At its heart is a resident community of over fifty nationally and internationally recognised scholars. They are authorities in military, naval, imperial and international history and related fields based in the Departments of War Studies, Defence Studies, History and indeed many others, for example the English Department.





* Portrait of Sir Michael Howard by Anthony Palliser:

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