Current Position:Chichele Professor of the History of War, All Souls College, Oxford;
Director, Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War; and
Senior Member, Oxford University Strategic Studies Group
Speaking in: Fifth Week, Hilary 2011
Speaking on: Clausewitz Today
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Hew Strachan is Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford, Fellow of All Souls College, and Director of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War. He also serves on the Strategic Advisory Panel of the Chief of the Defence Staff and on the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board, as well as being a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum and a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner. Born in Edinburgh in 1949, and educated at Rugby School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he was elected a Research Fellow of Corpus Christi in 1975, became a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1978, and then returned to Corpus in 1979, where he was successively Admissions Tutor and Senior Tutor, and is now a Life Fellow. From 1992 to 2001 he was Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow, and from 1996 to 2001 founding Director of the Scottish Centre for War Studies.
His books include European Armies and the Conduct of War (1983, and also translated into Spanish), Wellington’s Legacy: the Reform of the British Army, 1830-54 (1984), From Waterloo to Balaclava: Tactics, Technology and the British Army, 1815-1854 (1985) (awarded the Templer Medal), The Politics of the British Army (1997) (awarded the Westminster Medal), the first volume of his projected three-volume, The First World War (To Arms) (2001) (awarded two American military history prizes and nominated for the Glenfiddich Scottish book of the year), and The First World War: A New Illustrated History (2003), published to accompany the 10-part Wark Clements television series for Channel 4, (nominated for a British Book Award and translated into German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, French and Greek). His latest publication is Carl von Clausewitz's On War: A Biography (2007, and translated into Portuguese, German, Dutch, Polish, Italian and Finnish). He is joint editor of the journal, War in History, and editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War (1998), The British Army, Manpower and Society into the 21st Century (2000), Big Wars and Small Wars: The British Army and the Lessons of War in the 20th Century (2006), and (with Andreas Herberg-Rothe) Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century (2007). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2003 and awarded an Honorary D.Univ. by the University of Paisley in 2005. In 2010 he chaired a task force on the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant for the Prime Minister. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Tweeddale, and a Brigadier and Member of Council of the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers).
(Current as of Jan 2011. br>See also Trinity 2008)