Dr Daniel Whittingham

Dr Daniel Whittingham

Department of History
Associate Professor in the History of Warfare and Conflict

I am interested in all aspects of the history of war, but with a particular focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  My research explores British military history, military thought and strategy in this period: in particular, it covers British colonial warfare, counterinsurgency, the First World War and the Second World War. My teaching includes these topics, as well as other major conflicts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially the American Civil War.


  • PhD (King's College, London)
  • MA History of Warfare (King's College, London)
  • BA History (Trinity College, Oxford)


I joined the University of Birmingham in September 2013. Previously, I completed my PhD at King’s College London.


Undergraduate Teaching:

  • Special subject: the American Civil War

Previous Undergraduate Teaching:

  • Second year autumn option: ‘the British Army, 1660-1960’
  • Second year spring option: ‘Command in War’
  • Third year advanced option: ‘Britain’s Wars of Colonisation and Decolonisation, 1815-1960’
  • Special subject: ‘The British Army on the Western Front’
  • Group research: ‘The British Infantry Officer on the Western Front’
  • War Studies core module: ‘The Rise of Modern War’

Postgraduate Teaching:

Postgraduate supervision

I would welcome PhD proposals on the following topics: British colonial warfare (including war during the era of decolonisation), Counterinsurgency, and the British army 1815-1945.


I am the author of Charles E. Callwell and the British Way in Warfare (Cambridge University Press, 2020).  This study examines the life and work of the British military thinker Charles E. Callwell (1859 – 1928), including his most well-known book, Small Wars (1896).

Other activities

I am the Membership Secretary of the British Commission for Military History (BCMH), and a member of the Society for Military History (SMH) and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR).


Recent publications


Whittingham, D 2020, Charles E. Callwell and the British Way in Warfare. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108628846

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Whittingham, D 2014, Warrior scholarship in the age of colonial warfare. in The theory and practice of irregular war.

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  • Counter insurgency
  • Armed forces policy
  • Military planning