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BCMH New Research in Military History Conference

Friday 17th - Saturday 18th November 2017

SAHR is delighted to be supporting the New Research in Military History Conference, taking place at St. John's College, Cambridge on 17 and 18 November 2017 and put on by the British Commission for Military History (BCMH).

The conference brings together 84 early-career scholars from Britain and around the world, with papers on the history of the British Army from seventeenth century right up to the 2010 Defence Review.

Renowned Cambridge historian Brendan Simms will give a keynote lecture on the battle of La Haye Sainte and its relevance for the present day.

See the programme here, and register now!
http://bjmh.org.uk/index.…/bjmh/pages/view/NRC_Conference_17

 

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BCMH New Research in Military History Conference Programme

17th & 18th November 2017

St John's College, Cambridge


Friday 17.11.2017

09:00 – 09:45 Registration - Fisher Building Foyer

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09:45 – 10:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks - Palmerston Room

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10:00 – 11:30 Session 1

Palmerston Room

Panel Title: Training the British Army in Two World Wars

Chair: Dr Stuart Mitchell, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Panellists:

Jean-Philippe Miller-Tremblay, An “air of unreality” ? Basic military training in the British infantry (1870-1918)
Iain Farquharson, ‘Relapsing into Stagnation’ Higher Education policy in the British Army, 1919-1939
Rob Granger, Snowballers, Polar Bears and Mountaineers

 

Castlereagh Room

Panel Title: Transformation in Medieval and Early Modern Warfare

Chair: Professor Guy Rowlands

Panellists:

Ričardas Dediala, Transformation of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Military Organization in the Late 13th – early 14th century: Emergence of the Professional Organization
Louis Morris, Theory and Practice in Military Reform: The Militias of the Cologne War 1583-9
Federica Venturi, The Tibet-Ladakh-Mughal War (1679-1683) as a Political Solution to the Question of Buddhist Spheres of Influence in the Himalayas

 

Boys Smith Room

Title: War, Politics and the Media

Chair: Professor Stephen Badsey

Panellists:

Emily Robertson, Denying atrocities: the impact of First World War atrocity propaganda on Second World War Australian propaganda strategies
Luisa Ann Clare, ‘Gotcha’ and ‘Estamos Ganando’: Reflect or influence?- British and Argentine newspapers and governments’ actions and policymaking during the Falklands
Olgierd Jan Iwanczewski, The Falklands War in British left-wing opinion magazines (1982-1984)

 

Dirac Room

Panel Title: Classical Warfare

Chair: tbc

Panellists:

Tatiana Tereshchenko, Image of the Other and Image of War in Greek Vase Painting: Intersection and Semiotic
Stefan Wagner / Philipp Kuhn, The Faces of War. A Study of Masks used in the Wars of Antiquity
Theodore Szadzinski, Coming (Back) to the Third Line - A Study into the Identity of the Triarii in the Manipular Legions of Rome


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11:30 – 11:45 Tea and Coffee Break - Fisher Building Foyer

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11:45 – 13:15 Session 2

Palmerston Room

Panel Title: Military Leadership in 18th and 19th Century Europe

Chair: tbc

Panellists:

Tobias Roeder, Effective Leaders or Gentlemen Amateurs? – Professionalization and Professionalism of 18th Army Officers in Britain and the Habsburg Monarchy
William Fletcher, The first Professional Staff Officers? The impact of British Army’s first Staff College (The Senior Department of the Royal Military College, High Wycombe) on the Peninsular War
Frederik Sterkenburgh, Monarchical rule and the problem of military command in the nineteenth century. The case of William I and the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871

 

Castlereagh Room

Panel Title: Honour, Manliness and the Soldier's Experience in Early Modern Europe

Chair: Professor Mary Laven, Jesus College, Cambridge

Panellists:

Idan Sherer, Diego Nuñez Alba’s Diálogos de la vida del soldado (1552) and Soldiering in Early Modern Spain
Tanja Zakrzewski, A Warrior's Valour, Honour and Identity
Barbara Schmelzer-Ziringer, From the Thirty Years War to the Three-piece Suit: A Preliminary Revision of Modern Menswear’s History

 

Boys Smith Room

Panel Title: Symbols of War

Chair: Dr Mark Nicholls

Panellists:

Ahmed Sheir, A New Face of War and Peace: How Prester John legend influenced the Muslim-Crusader Conflict of the Fifth Crusade (1218-1221/ 615-618 AH)
Marco Emanuele Omes, Military festivals in Napoleonic armies (1806-1815). French symbolic domination in Europe and soldiers’ experiences of warfare
Cherie Prosser, A transnational comparison of Liberty and Britannia in the First World War

 

Dirac Room

Panel Title: Strategy in the Great War Era

Chair: tbc

Panellists:

Sneha Reddy, ‘Le Front du Moyen-Orient’: The Middle East in French Great War Strategy
Thomas Schmutz, Zion has fallen - The last Ottomans and the changing face of war and conflict in the Middle East
Dr Daniel Lear, A Trans-Tasman Crisis


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13:15 – 14:30 Lunch - Great Hall, St. John’s College

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13:45 – 14:30 Special Session

FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO JOIN US WE WILL HAVE A WORKING LUNCH PANEL STARTING AT 13:45

Palmerston Room

Panel Title: How to Get Published

Panellists:

Dr Michael Watson, Commissioning Editor, Cambridge University Press
Dr Huw Bennett, Editor, Critical Military Studies
Dr Matthew Ford, Editor-in-Chief, British Journal for Military History
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14:30 – 16:00 Session 3

Palmerston Room

Panel Title: Operational Planning in the 20th Century

Chair: Dr Declan O'Reilly, University of East Anglia

Panellists:

Klaus Schroeder, FOFA and OMG. The Renaissance of Conventional Warfare and the Mutual Threat Perceptions of the two German Armies in the 1980s
Christopher Phillips, “A steadily increasing blue strip”: data-gathering and performance monitoring in the British Army on the Western Front, 1916-1918
Alexander Clarke, To Shield an Empire or to Police the Oceans? The Royal Navy’s Inter-War Light Cruisers

 

Castlereagh Room

Panel Title: Allegiance and Dispossession in the European Religious Wars

Chair: Dr Gavin Robinson

Panellists:

Thomas Pert, An Exiled Dynasty and its army during the Thirty Years’ War: The Palatine Family and the Vlotho Campaign, 1637-38
Hannah Worthen, Pensions, poverty and allegiance in Civil War Kent and Sussex
Charlotte Young, ‘His Lands as well as Goods / Sequestred ought to be’: Sequestration during the English Civil War

 

Boys Smith Room

Panel Title: POWs, Lost Cause and Identity

Chair: tbc

Panellists:

Anne Buckley, Sherlock Holmes, Saint-Saëns and Schlagball: an analysis of the motivations for the camp activities of officer POWs in WWI using Raikeswood Camp, Skipton as a case study
Jean-Michel Turcotte, Sharing the Burden of the Hitler’s Soldiers. Western Powers and German POWs during the Second World War
Bethany Rowley, Disabled ex-servicemen of the First World War, Christian Charity, and the battle for identity in inter-war Britain

 

Dirac Room

Panel Title: Nineteenth Century Military Cultures

Chair: Professor Robert Tombs, St John's College, Cambridge

Panellists:

Jacapo Lorenzini, XIX Century Military Élites. Italy, Europe and the World.
Thomas Jamison, The Confederate Navy After Appomattox: Reassessing Technology and Innovation in the "Southern Americas" (1862-1870)
Amelia Clegg, ‘Officer-Men’ and ‘Boers-in-Arms’: Masculinities, Manliness and Manhood in the South African War (1899-1902)


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16:00 – 16:15 Tea and Coffee Break - Fisher Building Foyer

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16:15 – 17:00 Keynote Lecture: Professor Brendan Simms (Cambridge) - Palmerston Room

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17:30 – 19:30 Drinks - RAF Bar, The Eagle, Benet Street, Cambridge CB2 3QN

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19:30 NOW SOLD OUT - Conference Dinner - Small Hall, Clare College

After Dinner Speaker: Professor Guy Rowlands (St Andrews)

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Saturday 18.11.2017

09:30 – 11:00 Session 4

Palmerston Room

Panel Title: Insurgency and Intelligence in the Middle East

Chair: Professor Matthew Hughes, Brunel

Panellists:

Carl-Leo von Hohenthal, Ireland in Palestine? Jews, Arabs, Britons and new perspectives on the fight for the future of Mandate Palestine (1937-1948)
Ian Westerman, Politics and the Haganah - A Contemporary Analysis of the Pre-Independence History of the Israel Defense Force
Philippe Bou Nader, A brief history of Levantine intelligence agencies from 1945 to the 2011 uprisings

 

Castlereagh Room

Panel Title: Airpower

Chair: Air Vice Marshal Peter Dye, OBE

Panellists:

Philipp Vogler, A new perspective on warfare - German military aerial photography in the First World War
Rowan Thompson, ‘Millions of eyes were turned skywards’: The Air League, Empire Air Day and the Creation of ‘Airmindedness’, 1934-1939
Gerald White, Supply dropping in India and an unknown Genius

 

Boys Smith Room

Panel Title: Representations of Early Modern Warfare in Central and Eastern Europe

Chair: Nikolai Gourof, Doctoral Fellow, King's College London

Panellists:

Iurii Zhukov, The image of war and intervention in Russian sources of the time of Troubles (before the Enlightenment)
Aleksandr Belousov, The authority and the wars of 1733-1739: the problem of imperial identity in Russia
Lucia Staiano-Daniels, Scribes and Soldiers: What the Paleography of Seventeenth-Century Muster Rolls can Teach Us

 

Dirac Room

Panel Title: Post-war Society in the 20th Century

Chair: Professor Bill Allison, Georgia Southern University

Panellists:

Rebecca Ball, Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?’ An examination of thirty-five English working class fathers during the First World War as recalled by their children
Mary Chaktsiris, Finding Veteran’s Voices in Canada’s First World War Pension Files
Kristina Fleuty, Technological conflict in the objects of war: limb loss and presthetic gain in Harry Parker's contemporary novel Anatomy of a Soldier


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11:00 – 11:15 Tea and Coffee Break - Fisher Building Foyer

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11:15 – 12:45 Session 5

Palmerston Room

Panel Title: The Many Faces of “Small Wars”: Different Aspects of Counterinsurgency

Chair: Professor Matthew Hughes, Brunel

Panellists:

Shlomi Chetrit, ORDER FIRST: The British Army and Counterinsurgency in Palestine, 1936-9
Steven Wagner, Staff Intelligence and the Palestine Revolt
Ori Kossovsky, The COIN Police – The Palestine Mobile Force in Palestine 1944-1946

 

Castlereagh Room

Panel Title: Crisis of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century

Chair: Dr Andrew Bamford, Helion Press

Panellists:

Askshay Ranade, A Battle Lost, but the War Won: Re-questioning the Defeatist Narrative of the Third Battle of Panipat
Zack White, Tarnished Valour, Triumph and Tragedy: Waxing and Waning Confidence in Wellington’s Peninsular Army, 1808 - 1812
Kenton White, The importance of intelligence in war: the difference between defeat and victory: An example from the Napoleonic Wars

 

Boys Smith Room

Panel Title: Early Modern Military Science

Chair: tbc

Panellists:

Oleg Rusakovskiy, Western Discourses on Military Science in the Seventeenth-Century Russia: From Translation to Adoption
Stefan Droste, Offensive Engines – Projects of military Invention in 17th and 18th century
Adam Storring, Order, Calculation and Chaos: The Varied Meanings of Eighteenth-Century Warfare

 

Dirac Room

Panel Title: War, Economy and Society in the Second World War

Chair: tbc

Panellists:

Stefan Laffin, Glimmering Prologue to Peace or mere Epilogue of War? The peculiar case of the Italian Occupation in World War II
Silvia Pizzirani, "She Helps Her Boy to Victory" - Women and Nutritiion as Cornerstones of British Domestic Strategy in the World Wars
Douglas Bell, Ancient Rights and Male Freedom: Hunting and Masculinity in American Occupied Germany, 1945-1949


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12:45 – 13:45 Lunch - Great Hall, St. John’s College

Sponsored by the Society for Army Historical Research

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13:45 – 15:15 Session 6

Palmerston Room

Panel Title: Urban and Guerrilla Warfare

Chair: tbc

Panellists:

Thomas Tormey, The city as cover: Urban guerrilla warfare in Dublin, 1919-21
Eran Zohar, Jewish Fighting Groups in the Holocaust and the Subterranean Dimension
John Greenacre, “Flexible Enough to Adapt”: British Airborne Forces’ Experience during Post Conflict Operations 1944-1946

 

Castlereagh Room

Panel Title: The Fiscal-Military State in the Long Eighteenth Century

Chair: tbc

Panellists:

Neil Sanghvi, The 1727 Siege of Gibraltar: A Case Study of the Eighteenth Century British Fiscal-Military State in Action?
Mark Hay, Making War Pay for War: The French Occupation of the Netherlands, 1795-1806
Vittoria Princi, Housing the Grande Armée : The Challenge of Military Barracks in the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy

 

Boys Smith Room

Panel Title: Philosophies of War

Chair: tbc

Panellists:

Jan Tattenberg, Koselleck at Stalingrad: The Epistemological Power of Defeat
Arthur Kuhle, Putting Theory into Practice. Ludwig von Wolzogen and the Russian Campaign in 1812
Grey Anderson, Military Philosophers: Intellectual History and the Study of War

 

Dirac Room

Panel Title: Mobilising civilian resilience during and after conflict

Chair: tbc

Panellists:

Michael Reeve, ‘Are we downhearted? NO!’: public safety, civil defence and popular responses to bombardment on the north east coast of England
Penny Streeter, ‘We Don’t Want to Lose You’: Military Brooches, Memory and Mourning
Ann-Marie Foster, Patterns of personal remembrance


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15:15 – 15:30 Tea and Coffee Break - Fisher Building Foyer

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15:30 – 17:00 Session 7

Palmerston Room

Panel Title: Future Challenges

Chair: Adam Wurr

Panellists:

Melvin Korsmo, Shock of the Old: The Use of Vintage Technologies to Secure War-Fighting Advantages
Michelle Jones, Encountering Children in Theatres of Armed Conflict: A New Challenge to the Operational Environment?
John Alexander, The Return of Geopolitics – Perspectives on Armed Conflict in the UK’s 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review

 

Castlereagh Room

Panel Title: Representation and Identities in Long Eighteenth Century Warfare

Chair: Dr William O'Reilly, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Panellists:

Ondrej Stolička, War, Money and Conflict Between Allies: the public image of Brandenburg-Prussia in its relationship with Spanish monarchy in the second half of the seventeenth century
Pierre-Louis Coudray, The Irish at war, the Irish soldier in the long eighteenth century
Ágoston Nagy, Hungarian Soldiers, Noble Warriors and Armed Burghers: Diverging Masculinities, Civic and Military Identities in the Hungarian Patriotic-National Propaganda during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1792–1815)

 

Boys Smith Room

Panel Title: Perceptions of War and International Law

Chair: tbc

Panellists:

Ching-Yin Nathan Kwan, ‘Our Common Enemy and the Enemy of All Mankind’: the Anglo-Chinese Expedition against Shap-ng-tsai and the War against Piracy in the China Seas
Katarina Mihaljević, On the possibility of optional wars: defence of moral options in warfare. The case of the breakdown of the Yugoslav state
Olaf Meuther, Discovering and Solving Hindsight Bias: Game Theory and (Military) History

 

Dirac Room

Panel Title: The Home Front

Chair: Dr Declan O'Reilly, University of East Anglia

Panellists:

Simon McNeill-Ritchie, 'Free from anxiety, in comfort and in decency': State provision for soldiers' families during WW1
Jordan Malfoy, The British Gas Mask Program and Civil Defence
Kevin Morrison, Water and war: static water tanks and cityscapes during the Second World War

 

Palmerston Room

1700 - 1715 - Final Words, Future New Research in Military History Conferences

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CONFERENCE ENDS

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