New Research in Military History 2016 Programme

BCMH New Research in Military History Conference Programme

17th & 18th November 2017

St John's College, Cambridge

Convenors:

Adam Storring (University of Cambridge)

Arthur Kuhle (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Tobias Roeder (University of Cambridge)

Lucia Staiano-Daniels (UCLA)

Dr Matthew Ford (University of Sussex)

With the support of the British Commission for Military History

 

 

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SPEAKER REGISTRATION OPENS 5th SEPTEMBER

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION OPENS 10th SEPTEMBER

(Tickets are £25.00 for speakers and attendees. The price includes refreshments at the break and a sandwich lunch)


PROGRAMME

0930-1000 Registration

***1000-1010 – OPENING ADDRESS***

1010-1130 Session 1 Panels 1 to 3

Panel 1: Contexts and themes: Technology, Leadership and the International System

Panel 2: Creating and Sustaining Military Technique

Panel 3: From frontline to organisation-wide change: First World War innovation and adaptation

***1130-1145 – COFFEE***

1145-1305 Session 2 Panels 4 to 6

Panel 4: Soldier Motivation – sex, desertion, melancholia

Panel 5: Airpower

Panel 6: Intelligence, the ‘fifth column’ and counterinsurgency

***1305-1340 – LUNCH***

***1340 -1410 KEYNOTE SPEAKER***

1410 – 1530 Session 3 Panels 7 to 9

Panel 7: Command, Combat and Culture in the Great War Era

Panel 8: ‘Ways of seeing war’ – taste, Empire, decolonisation

Panel 9: ‘Recruiting the Natives’ – race, guerrillas and the technologies of Empire

***1530-1540 – COFFEE***

1540-1700 Session 4 Panels 10 to 12

Panel 10: Gender, Technology and Culture in the Air Forces, 1939-1962

Panel 11: On Strategy – from Athens to Clausewitz

Panel 12: On Future War

1700 CONFERENCE CLOSES


PANEL MAKEUP & RATIONALE

Panel 1

Name: Contexts and themes: Technology, Leadership and the International System

Rationale: What areas of military practice frame this NRC conference? An introduction to the contexts and themes.

Chair: Andy Grainger, Secretary General BCMH

 Name

 Paper

 Thomas Schmutz

Revolutions, Visions and Diplomacy: The Implications of the Russian Revolutions for the German Ottoman Alliance

 Michael Hardman

Leadership and Personality Profiling in the American War of Independence

 Alexander Clarke

The Tribal Experience – lessons of the last Treaty Destroyers

Panel 2

Name: Creating and Sustaining Military Technique

Rationale: This panel reflects on the patterns of change in tactics, technologies and training over eight centuries. To what extent are these military problems the same over time and across multiple geographies?

Chair: Dr Catherine Fletcher, Swansea University

 Name

 Paper

 Sander Govaerts

The changing face of military training: the Meuse Region, 1250-1850

 Alexander Hodgkins

‘Armed and arrayed in warlike manner’: tactical innovation and technological change in Late Medieval and Early Modern Rebellions, 1381-1554

 Brett Potter Van Ess [WITHDRAWN]

Taking on the Japanese and the Jungle: developing new combat methods for the war in Burma

 Shaun Allen

STABS (Stupid TA Bastards): did Territorial soldiers deserve their poor reputation for soldiering?

 Panel 3

Name: From frontline to organisation-wide change: First World War innovation and adaptation

Rationale: How might we make sense of battalion, brigade and organisation wide change. Three papers on change at different levels of war in the British Army.

Chair: Dr Tony Cowan, BCMH

 Name

 Paper

 Tom Thorpe

The impact of tactical and technological change on infantry platoons in the Great War

 Roger Wood

British Infantry Brigade Command on the Western Front, 1915-1918

 Patrick Watt

‘Organisational Development’: a framework for understanding battlefield adaptation and institutional change in the British Army on the Western Front

Panel 4

Name: Soldier Motivation – Sex, Desertion, Melancholia

Rationale: This panel considers how soldiers see themselves and how they might be motivated by external factors.

Chair: Professor Charles Esdaile, University of Liverpool

 Name

 Paper

 Idan Sherer

“When war comes they want to flee”: motivation and combat effectiveness in the Spanish Infantry during the Italian Wars

 Ping Liao

‘Melancholy is a Great Enemy to Religion’: Religion and the Experience of British Soldiers in the Nine Years’ War and War of Spanish Succession

 Ed Gosling

‘You bet Tommy sees’: The British soldier and change in the Military in the Late-Victorian Army, 1869-1899

 Tara Finn

‘An orgy of immorality’: prostitution and the military in Britain in the First World War


Panel 5

Name: Airpower

Rationale: An examination of the changing use and application of airpower from the Great War to the Second World War.

Chair: Seb Cox, Head UK MOD Air Historical Branch

 Name

 Paper

 Paul Barnes

Aerial Re-supply by British & Dominion Air Forces in the Great War, 1916-18: Learning or Influence?

 Charles Patrick

Mobility, Air Power and the Nejd Tribes in Iraq during the 1920s

 Aashique Ahmed Iqbal

Annihilating the King’s Enemies: The Royal Indian Air Force in World War II

Panel 6

Name: Intelligence, the ‘fifth column’ and counterinsurgency

Rationale: Intelligence is central to war preparation, securing against fifth column infiltration, subversion and COIN.

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

 Name

 Paper

 Shlomi Chetrit

‘First to Dare’: Orde Wingate’s Special Night Squads and the Emergence of Modern Counter-Insurgency Tactics

 Emily Haire [WITHDRAWN]

Franco-British intelligence co-operation before the Second World War: an intelligence fraternity?

 Jonathan Best

The evolution of British security at Gibraltar during the Second World War

 Jorge Delgado

Our men around Havana: the British Foreign Office and US counter-subversion and counter-insurgency efforts in Latin America, 1960-1965

Panel 7

Name: Command, Combat and Culture in the Great War Era

Rationale: This panel explores three key areas of change – on land, at sea, and in the air – as experienced by a number of major and minor powers, and the response to those new circumstances.

Chair: Dr David Morgan-Owen, King's College London

 Name

 Paper

 Jack Doyle

‘The aviator contends alone’: organising combat in First World War air services

 Louis Halewood

Every last shilling? British Maritime Diplomacy, 1912-1922

 Adam Luptak

Czech and Slovak Veterans of the Austro-Hungarian Armed Forces and their Notions of Warfare

Panel 8

Name: ‘Ways of seeing war’ – taste, Empire, decolonisation

Rationale: This panel reflects on how military practices are framed and what these frames say about change in British society.

Chair: Dr Jessica Meyer, University of Leeds

 Name

 Paper

 Melissa Bennett

Insights into military photography, ranks, and relationships through the lens of Lieutenant Charles Howard Foulkes

 Jane Angell

‘The sacred sphere of culture’: musical encounters between soldiers and civilians during the First World War

 Sarah Westbury

A ‘Question of Taste’: maritime conservation and the restoration of HMS Victory in the 1920s

 Matthew Lord

The Decolinisation of ‘Gallantry’: the Eden Government, Commonwealth relations and the Victoria Cross Centenary of 1956

Panel 9

Name: ‘Recruiting the Natives’ – race, guerrillas and the technologies of Empire

Rationale: this panel considers the way local knowledge was used to achieve tactical effect against the Japanese during the Second World War.

Chair: Dr Philip W. Blood, BCMH

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

 Name

 Paper

 Limasenla Jamir [WITHDRAWN]

In Defence of the Empire: the watch and ward system in the Cachar Hills

 Richard Duckett

Recruiting the ‘Natives’: SOE in Burma, 1941-45

 Rebecca Kenneison

War and Racial Tension in Malaya: Insights from the Special Operations Executive

Panel 10

Name: Gender, Technology and Culture in the Air Forces, 1939-1962

What is the relationship between hierarchy, gender and power? Three papers on military culture in British and American airforces.

Chair: Dr Juliette Pattinson, University of Kent

 

 Paper

Julie Fountain

Women and Meritocratic Culture in the Royal Air Force, 1947-1962

Sarah Myers Gendered Weapons of War: The American Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

Dan Ellin

The Gendered Hierarchy in RAF Bomber Command Ground Personnel, 1939-45



Panel 11

Name: On Strategy – from Athens to Von Clausewitz

Rationale: This panel considers the balance between war and society as mediated by strategy.

Chair: Major-general Mungo Melvin, President BCMH

 Name

 Paper

 Kunika Kakuta

Athenian arche, phoros and its imperial fleet

 Adam Storring

The Development of Prussian Strategy and Doctrine during the First Silesian War: an intellectual perspective

 Jan Tattenberg

Clausewitz and the Conservative critique of the Conduct of the Second World War

Panel 12

Name: On Future War

Rationale: Since the Second World War, political change and new technology have combined to shape perspectives on Future War. This panel explores those technologies, perspectives and politics.

Chair: Dr Stuart Mitchell, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Discussant: Dr Matthew Ford, University of Sussex

 Name

 Paper

 Richard Brown

The Commonwealth and Atomic War: From Old Certainties to New Realities in British Defence Planning, 1940-1952

 Sarah Soliman

The Evolution of Identity Intelligence as a Digital Discipline

 Irina Sidorenko [WITHDRAWN]

The Nature of Post-Modern War



 

ISSN: 2057-0422

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