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New Research in Military History

N.16 Gisbert Kapp Building
Arts and Law, Research, Students, Teaching
Friday 16th November 2012 (09:30-18:00)
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This symposium, organised by the British Commission for Military History in association with the Centre for War Studies, University of Birmingham, intends to highlight current research being undertaken by postgraduate and early career scholars in the field of military history and related disciplines.

This is the British Commission for Military History's third annual New Research symposium giving postgraduate and early career scholars an excellent opportunity to meet, share new ideas and discuss the latest research. Some twenty papers will be presented, on a wide range of subjects from the Renaissance to today.

The British Commission for Military History is the pre-eminent association for professional military historians in the UK, dedicated to the promotion and discussion of military history in its broadest sense. Participants at New Research in Military History will also be welcome to attend the Commission’s autumn conference ‘Re-engaging with the First World War’, on Saturday 17 November 2012.


8.30-9.10 am: Registration

9.10-25 am: Plenary

9.30-11 am: Panel 1: Early Modern

Eduardo de Mesa Gallego (University College of Dublin) – Irish Tercios in the Spanish Military Revolution, 1621 - 1644

Jennifer Daley (King's College London) - Fashion Power and Protection: Military Uniform during the English Civil War

Adam Storring (University of Cambridge) – Zorndorf 1758: Prussian war-making at the mid-point of the Seven Years' War


Panel A: Intel

Lon Strauss (University of Kansas) – Political Paranoia or War Hysteria? U.S. Military Intelligence and the Surveillance of American Citizens in the First World War

Marcus Faulkner (King's College London) – A Most Disagreeable Problem: The British View of the Kriegsmarine's Aircraft Carrier Programme and German Wartime Responses

Falko Bell (University of Glasgow/Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz) – British Human Intelligence during the Second World War

11-11.20 am: Break

11.20 am -12.50 pm: Panel 2: 19th and early 20th Centuries

Jerome Devitt (Trinity College Dublin) – The British Navy's Channel Squadron and Ireland in the 1860s – Deterrence in Practice

Richard Mehlinger (University of California, Riverside) – Playing War: Wargaming and the Edwardian Military

Ross Mahoney (University of Birmingham) – Developing the 'Air Force Spirit': Organisational Culture, Leadership Development and the RAF Staff College, 1922-1939


Panel B: Doctrine

Mark R. Geldof (Merton College, Oxford) – Fighting on Paper: New Perspectives on the Transmission of Martial Knowledge in Renaissance England

Andrew Duncan (University of Birmingham) – Professionalism in the pre-1914 British Officer Corps: A Statistical View

Fabrizio Novellino (University of Trento) – The Italian Perception of the German Armored Division Through the Eyes of Col. Efisio Marras 1936-1939: A Missed Chance for the Italian General Staff

12.50-1.30 pm: Luncheon

1.30-3  pm: Panel 3: The Second World War

Andrew Wheale (University of Buckingham) – 'Volunteers and Converts': Manpower and the formation of 6th Airborne Division

Matthew Powell (University of Birmingham) – Artillery Reconnaissance and Army Co-operation Command, 1940-1942

Ioannis Nioutsikos (King's College London) – The Special Operations Executive in Greece: Operation Harling


Panel C: Civil-Military Relations

Giulio Ongaro (University of Verona) – Military in the Countryside: an Italian perspective in the Early Modern period

Richard Dunley (King's College London) – The Danish Option: The Success and Failure of Inter-Service Planning Against Germany 1907-1908

Kathleen Sherit (King's College London) – Opening Warships and Combat Flying to Women: challenges to a principle of exclusion.

3-3.20 pm: Break

3.20-4.20 pm: Panel 4: Post-1945

Danny Steed (University of Exeter) – The Missed Lesson of the Suez Crisis: Phase IV Planning and a degraded security situation

Simon Moody (King's College London) – Thinking the Unthinkable: Military Publicists and the Coming of the Atomic Battlefield


Panel D: The Experience of War

Spyros Tsoutsoumpis (University of Manchester) – Enduring War: Morale and Motivation in the First and Second Balkan Wars, 1912-1913

Peter Johnston (University of Kent) – More than Just War Stories: Uncovering Professional Military Culture in the Falklands War through Oral History

4.20-4.30 pm: Reconvene

4.30-6 pm: Keynote

Professor Stephen Badsey (University of Wolverhampton) -  Military History – Into the 21st Century



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