Research and scholarship
I am currently writing a social and cultural history of a military and political subject – the Parachute Regiment and the 1982 Falklands war.
This has involved me in a lot of archival work, and also many interviews with former paratroopers at all ranks of the Regiment, with other soldiers who fought in the Falklands, and with family members of soldiers who were killed. All this has opened my eyes to histories that are often left out of more official accounts. I’m interested in who the men were who fought in the Falklands, in what the war was like, and in the aftermath and legacies of the conflict, for the soldiers, their families, and for Britain.
I received a Small Grant from the British Academy which helped me to conduct much of the research. I’ve presented my work to a variety of audiences, including at the Joint Command and Staff College in Shrivenham, veterans’ organisations and to an audience including the Argentine ambassador to the UK.
- The Changing World: A History of International Relations since 1945 (first year module)
- The Falklands War and 1980s Britain and/or Britain in the Cold War (third year modules)
- War, Memory and Popular Culture (MA module)
- European Integration (MA module)
- Perspectives in Politics and International Relations (MA module)
I’m currently supervising 5 students and am happy to hear from anyone interested in:
Twentieth century British political history (particularly post-1945)
Britain’s international history, particularly relations with Europe
War and society
War, commemoration, memory and gender
Please see my research and scholarship tab for more details about my area of expertise.
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