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Professor Sir Michael Howard

Honorary Fellow since 2014
Honorary Fellow, Oriel College
I work on expanding military history beyond the traditional campaigns and battles accounts to include wider discussions about the sociological significance of war. In my account of the Franco-German War of 1870-71, I looked at how the Prussian and French armies reflected the social structure of the two nations. I have also been the leading interpreter of the writings of Carl von Clausewitz in the late 20th century.
Professor Sir Michael Howard
  • Background

    • Honorary Fellow, All Souls College (from 2014)
    • Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History, Yale University (from 1989 to 1993)
    • Quondam Fellow, All Souls College (from 1980 to 2014)
    • Regius Professor of Modern History and Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford [Honorary Fellow, 1990] (from 1980 to 1989)
    • Chichele Professor of History of War (from 1977) and Fellow, All Souls College (from 1968 to 1980)
    • Assistant Lecturer in History (1947), Lecturer (1950–3), Lecturer then Reader in War Studies (1953–63) and finally Professor of War Studies, King’s College London (from 1947 to 1963)
    • Undergraduate, Christ Church, Oxford (from 1943 to 1946)
  • Research interests

    • History of war and international relations, primarily in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Other professional memberships and roles

    • Fellow of King's College London (FKC), President and co-Founder, International Institute for Strategic Studies
    • Vice-President, Council on Christian Approaches to Defence and Disarmament
    • President, Army Records Society Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences