Building on Sir Michael Howard’s vision of interdisciplinarity in the study of human conflict, the Centre promotes the study of war from a wide range of historical and social science strategic approaches including the political, the operational, the social, economic, technological and cultural. Our leadership in this field makes King’s distinctive. Members of the Centre have written prize winning and best selling books. For example, Richard Vinen’s National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945-1963 (Allen Lane, 2014) won the 2015 Wolfson Prize for History and Andrew Stewart’s First Victory: The Second World War and the East Africa Campaign (Yale University Press, 2016) was runner up for the Templer Medal Book Prize. More recently, Nick Lloyd’s Passchendaele: A New History (Penguin, 2017) was on the Sunday Times UK bestseller list.
Members of the Centre participate in national and international research projects. For example Ashley Jackson and Jean Smith collaborate on a Leverhulme Trust funded project, ‘Empire in Motion: Conflict and Co-Operation during the Second World War’; Helen McCartney works on an AHRC funded project, ‘Our Place in the First World War’; and Lara Feigel is involved with an ERC funded project, 'Beyond enemy lines literature and film in the British and American zones of occupied Germany, 1945-1949'.
The focus of the Centre’s teaching activities is the MA in the History of War. Our MA is a research-led, student centred taught programme in the history of war. In future, the Michael Howard Centre will offer PhD studentships and post-doctoral fellowships.