The Three Lives of Makers of Modern Strategy: history, historians, and the study of war in the 20th century


Event details

SDSC War Studies Seminar

Date & time

Monday 10 February 2020


Lecture Theatre 1 (HB1), Hedley Bull Building 130, corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU


Dr Michael Finch


Coral Bell School

Since its first appearance in 1943, Makers of Modern Strategy has been a key reference work for scholars and soldiers seeking to deepen their understanding of war and strategy in the modern period. It has appeared in more than one guise, however, having been made and remade – both successfully and unsuccessfully – in the intervening decades. This talk considers the history behind the Makers project, investigating the efforts of key individuals in creating and compiling the tomes across a forty-year period, to reveal what this can tell us about the role of history, and historians, in the study of war in the twentieth century.

Michael Finch is a Senior Lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. He joined ANU in 2018 after five years with the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. Prior to this, he was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of War at the University of Oxford. He has also taught at the Universities of Birmingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul.

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