Professor Richard Aldrich is Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick. His numerous publications relating to empire and war include over a dozen articles and book chapters. Single authored books include The Key to the South: Britain, the United States and Thailand During the Approach of the Pacific War, 1929-42 (Oxford University Press, 1993); Intelligence and the War against Japan: Britain, America and the Politics of Secret Service (Cambridge University Press, 2000); The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence (John Murray, 2001); and GCHQ: The Uncensored History of Britain’s  Most Secret Intelligence Agency  (Harper Collins, 2010). His edited works include British Intelligence, Strategy and the Cold War, 1945-51 (Routledge, 1992); Intelligence, Defence and Diplomacy: British Policy in the Post-war World (Frank Cass, 1994); and The Clandestine Cold War in Asia, 1945-65: Western Intelligence, Propaganda, Security and Special Operations (Frank Cass, 2000). He has also published volumes of documents and primary sources, including Espionage, Security and Intelligence in Britain, 1945-1970: Documents in Contemporary History (Manchester University Press, 1998); Witness to War: Diaries of the Second World War in Europe and the Middle East (Doubleday, 2004); and The Faraway War: Personal Diaries of the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific (Doubleday, 2005).

Dr Nir Arielli is Lecturer in International History at the University of Leeds. His publications that are related to the British Empire at war include the book Fascist Italy and the Middle East, 1933-40 (Palgrave, 2010) and the article ‘“Haifa is still burning”: Italian, German and French air raids on Palestine during the Second World War’, Middle Eastern Studies, 46, no. 3 (2010), pp. 331-47. He is currently working on a co-authored article (with Neil Fleming) on ‘Soldiers from the Dominions and the ambiguities of imperial, national and transnational military service, 1900-1945’.

Dr Suzanne Bardgett is Head of Research at the Imperial War Museum.

Dr Tarak Barkawi 

Professor Michèle Barrett is Head of the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, and Professor of Modern Literary and Cultural Theory.

Terry Barringer is Assistant Editor of The Round Table and compiler of the annual Africa Bibliography. She contributes book reviews and regular bibliographic updates to a number of journals and has also published on the history and literature of Christian missions and on the British Colonial Service.

Dr Dalea Bean is a lecturer at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, Mona.

Professor Ian Beckett is Professor of Military History at the University of Kent. He is also Chairman of the Council of the Army Records Society, and Secretary to the Trustees of the Buckinghamshire Military Museum. He is also co-editor of the new ‘History of Military Occupation’ series from the University of Illinois Press. His publications on the British army and empire include (ed.), Citizen Soldiers and the British Empire, 1837-1902 (2012); (ed.), Wolseley and Ashanti: The Asante War Journal and Correspondence of Major General Sir Garnet Wolseley, 1873-74 (2009); (co-edited with Steven Corvi) Victoria’s Generals (2009); and The Victorians at War (2003).

Dr Anuradha Bhattacharjee

Dr Larry Butler is Reader in Imperial History at the University of East Anglia, where he has taught British Empire History since 2001. His research has concentrated on the British Empire in the twentieth century, with a special interest in the evolving role of the colonial state, especially during and immediately after the Second World War. His books include Industrialisation and the British Colonial State: West Africa, 1939-1951 (1997),Copper Empire: Mining and the Colonial State in Northern Rhodesia, c.1930-1964 (2007), and Britain and Empire: Adjusting to a Post-Imperial World (2002).

Dr Matt Carnell

Dr Gilly Carr is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Director in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Continuing Education. She is also a Fellow and Director of Studies in Archaeology and Anthropology at St Catharine’s College. Her fieldwork is based in the Channel Islands, where she has worked and published extensively on the archaeology, heritage and memory of the German occupation. Her latest book, Legacies of Occupation, is forthcoming. She also works with former deportees who were sent to German internment camps during WWII. Her museum exhibition, Occupied Behind Barbed Wire, was on display in Guernsey and Jersey Museums in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

Dr Guy Chet serves as Associate Professor of early-American and military history at the University of North Texas.  His first book (Conquering the American Wilderness) is a study of English and American military culture.   It challenges the tradition of American exceptionalism and points to trends of cultural continuity between the Old World and the New.   This theme of trans-Atlantic cultural cohesion is at the heart of a second book project (The Ocean is a Wilderness) on the persistence of Atlantic piracy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Dr Oliver Coates completed his PhD entitled ‘A Social History of Military Labour in Southwestern Nigeria, 1939-1960’ at the University of Cambridge in 2013. His research interests are in colonial and post-colonial history and literature.

Dr Kristian Coates-Ulrichsen is in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2005. His thesis, entitled ‘The Logistics and Politics of the British Campaigns in the Middle East, 1914-22’, was subsequently revised and published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010. He currently is writing a general history of the First World War in the Middle East, to be published by Hurst & Co in 2013. His research expertise on the Mesopotamian campaign resulted in an article, ‘The British Occupation of Mesopotamia, 1914-1922,’ in the Journal of Strategic Studies, 30/2 (2007).

Professor Bruce Collins is Professor of Modern History at Sheffield Hallam University and was Professor of International History at the University of Buckingham from 1988 until 1996. Among his works which feature aspects of imperial warfare are ‘Siege Warfare in the Age of Wellington’ in C.M. Woolgar (ed), Wellington Studies IV (Southampton, 2008); War and Empire: The Expansion of Britain, 1790-1830 (Harlow, 2010); ‘The Military Marketplace in India, 1850-60’ in Nir Arielli and Bruce Collins (eds), Transnational Soldiers: Foreign Enlistment in the Modern Era (Basingstoke, 2013); and ‘Effectiveness and the British Officer Corps’, Kevin Linch & Matthew McCormick (eds), Britain’s Soldiers: Rethinking War and Society, 1715-1815 (Liverpool, 2014).

Professor Mark Connelly is Professor of Modern British History at the University of Kent, and Convenor of the War Studies Programme.

Dr John Connor is a Senior Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University College, University of New South Wales, Canberra. His publications on the British Empire at War include:The Australian Frontier Wars, 1788-1838 (UNSW Press, Sydney, 2002); Anzac and Empire: George Foster Pearce and the Foundations of Australian Defence (Cambridge University Press, 2011); ‘Some examples of Irish enlistment in the Australian Imperial Force, 1914’, The Irish Sword, Vol. XXI, No. 83, 1998; ‘British frontier war logistics and the “Black Line”, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) 1830’, War in History, Vol. 8, No. 2, April 2002; ‘The Empire’s War Recalled: Recent Writing on the Western Front Experience of Britain, Ireland, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies, History Compass, Vol. 7, No. 4, June 2009; ‘The Frontier War that Never Was’, in Craig Stockings (ed.), Zombie Myths of Australian Military History (UNSW Press, Sydney, 2010); ‘The War Munitions Supply Company of Western Australian and the popular movement to manufacture artillery ammunition in the British Empire in the First World War’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol. 39, No. 5, December 2011; ‘Coronation conversations: The Dominions and military planning talks at the 1911 Imperial Conference’, in Peter Dennis & Jeffrey Grey (eds),1911: Preliminary Moves. The 2011 Chief of Army History Conference (Big Sky Publishing, Sydney, 2011); and ‘The “superior”, all-volunteer AIF’, in Craig Stockings (ed.), Anzac’s Dirty Dozen: 12 Myths of Australian Military History (UNSW Press, Sydney 2012).

John Crawford is New Zealand Defence Force Historian.

Dr Santanu Das is a Reader in English at King’s College London and was a research fellow at St. John’s College, Cambridge and British Academy Postdoctoral fellow at Queen Mary. He is the author of Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature (Cambridge, 2006; awarded Philip Leverhulme Prize), and the editor of Race, Empire and First World War Literature (Cambridge, 2011) and the Cambridge Companion to British and Commonwealth Poetry of the First World War (scheduled for 2013). He is presently completing a book on India, Empire and First World War Culture, and has published extensively on the topic.

Gregor Davey is a doctoral student at King’s College London. He specialises in police and military history and has written dissertations on the influence of the Royal Irish Constabulary on counter insurgency operations and the role of the Inspector General of Colonial Police. He is also interested in the colonial campaigns of the First World War.

Dr Douglas Delaney is Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC).  He is the author of The Soldiers’ General: Bert Hoffmeister at War (2005), which won the 2007 C.P. Stacey Prize for Canadian Military History, and Corps Commanders: Five British and Canadian Generals at War, 1939-1945 (2011).  Dr. Delaney is also a former Chair of War Studies atRMC.  His current research project, Imperial Armies: Britain and the Land Forces of the Dominions, 1902-1945, examines the interoperability of the British and Dominion armies during the first half of the twentieth century.

Vipul Dutta is a doctoral student at the India Institute, King’s College London. He obtained his Master’s degree in 2010 in Modern Indian History at the University of Delhi from where he also completed his Undergraduate studies in the BA (Honours) History programme in 2008. He has worked as an intern with a Research Consultancy, the British Council Division and more recently as a Research Assistant at the Indian Council of Historical Research (New Delhi) while studying in the M.Phil programme in History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, where in July 2012 he submitted his M.Phil dissertation on the reorganisation of the Indian Army after the Second World War. He has been awarded the King’s India Institute PhD Studentship to pursue his doctoral research on the history of Indian Armed Forces Training and Instructional Institutions in the context of domestic and international politics from the late 1940s to early 1960s.

Clay Eaton is a PhD candidate at Columbia University. His MA Thesis (2012) addressed the construction and public use of three monuments built in Singapore under British, Japanese, and PAP rule. His dissertation focuses on social policies implemented by the Japanese administration of Singapore during the Second World War. His current project is entitled ‘The Spirit of Shōnan: Social Policy and National Politics in Japanese-Occupied Singapore’. Using Japanese, Chinese, and Malay sources, my dissertation focuses on both the intricacies of Japanese policy-making and the diverse Singaporean responses to the wartime administration’s initiatives. I pay particular attention to how the late imperial Japanese emphasis on mass mobilization along minzoku (racial/national) lines shaped occupation policy.

Professor Robert Gerwarth is Director of the Centre for War Studies, University College Dublin.

Professor Jeffrey Grey is professor of history in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales Canberra campus, and foundation director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society. He is the author or editor of twenty-six books in the fields of Australian and comparative and international military history He has served as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Military History, and serves on the advisory boards of War in History (UK), Scientia Militaria (South Africa), First World War Studies (UK). He is currently, again, editor of the journal War & Society.

Professor Brian Farrell teaches military history, and the history of empires and imperialism at the National University of Singapore, where he has been working since 1993. His main area of interest is the military history of the British Empire, with particular reference to grand strategy, imperial defence, and coalitions. Major publications include The Basis and Making of British Grand Strategy 1940-1943: Was There a Plan? (1998); The Defence and Fall of Singapore 1940-1942 (2005); Between Two Oceans: A Military History of Singapore (co-authored, 1999, 2011); Malaya 1942 (co-authored, 2010); Sixty Years On: The Fall of Singapore Revisited (co-edited, 2002); Leadership and Responsibility in the Second World War (edited, 2004); Churchill and the Lion City: Shaping Modern Singapore (edited, 2011); ‘Coalition of the usually willing: The Dominions and Imperial Defence 1856-1919,’ in Greg Kennedy (ed.), Imperial Defence: The Old World Order 1856-1956 (2008). Forthcoming works include Misfire: Special Forces and the Malayan Campaign, and Singapore 1942 (co-authored). Farrell makes extensive use of field work in his research, having worked on Asian campaign areas and battlefields in Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, peninsular Malaya, Singapore, the Riau Islands, Sarawak, Sabah, Kalimantan, and the Philippines.

Dr Kent Fedorowich is Reader in British Imperial and Commonwealth History at the University of the West of England, Bristol.  He grew up in south-western Manitoba, Canada and undertook his BA and MA in History at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.  His doctorate, which was awarded by the London School of Economics, examined the resettlement of British ex-servicemen in the dominions after the Great War.  It was published in John M. MacKenzie’s ‘Studies in Imperialism’ series and was entitled Unfit for Heroes: Reconstruction and Soldier Settlement between the Wars (1995).

A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has been teaching in the Department of History, Philosophy and Politics at the University of the West of England (Bristol) since 1989.  He is co-editor, with Martin Thomas, of International Diplomacy and Colonial Retreat (2001), and, with Carl Bridge, The British World: Diaspora, Culture and Identity (2003).  A leading authority on the history of prisoners-of-war and civilian internees, he has co-edited with Bob Moore, Prisoners of War and their Captors in World War II (1996), and, co-authored with Bob Moore, The British Empire and its Italian Prisoners of War, 1940-1947 (2002).  An expert on Anglo-dominion relations in the 20th century, he is currently working on a comparative analysis of the Dominions during the Second World War.

Dr Jonathan Fennell

Robert Fleming is an archaeologist and museum professional with over ten years experience in Australia and the United Kingdom. He specialises in late nineteenth and twentieth century military history, imperialism and decolonisation, and British Empire & Commonwealth forces. He has written various articles on garrison defence and colonial forces, particularly related to Australia. He has written a book on the Australian Army in the First World War, and continues to further research this topic, and he is also co-ordinating the National Army Museum’s First World War Centenary project.

Dr Robert Fletcher is Lecturer in Imperial and Global History, University of Exeter.

Dr Francis Gooding is a writer and researcher. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher and author on the ‘Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire’ (, during which time he examined particular colonial film records of conflict and colonial policing in Palestine, Aden, and the North-West Frontier Province.

Professor Xu Guoqi is a member of the History Department, Hong Kong University and works, among other things, on Chinese participation in the First World War, including the British recruitment of Chinese labourers.

Dr Karl Hack is a Senior Lecturer in History at The Open University, and Director of its Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies. He has published widely on the British empire at war in the east, from his Defence and Decolonisation in Southeast Asia, 1941-1967 (2001), through (with Kevin Blackburn), Why Did Singapore Have to Fall? (2004), to multiple books and articles on the Malayan Emergency. The latter include Dialogues with Chin Peng (2004), edited with C.C. Chin and featuring interviews with the Secretary-General of the Malayan Communist Party, and articles on aspects as diverse as intelligence, propaganda, history of insurgency from below and (Small Wars and Insurgencies 2012, 23, 4-5) the limits of violence in insurgency. His other interests include colonial forces (edited with Tobias Rettig, Colonial Armies in Southeast Asia, 2006), Captives (Forgotten Captives in Japanese-Occupied Asia, 2008) and the memory and legacy of conflicts in postcolonial societies (with Kevin Blackburn, War Memory and the Making of Modern Malaysia and Singapore, 2012). This has also drawn him into work as an expert legal witness in the Penang High Court. Above all, he specialises in looking at conflicts from multiple perspectives, looking at the interaction  especially of Asian and British plans, fantasies about the future, and actions. Prior to his OU role, he was Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he worked from 1995-2006.

Dr Karen Horn is a lecturer in the Education Faculty at Stellenbosch University. She completed her PhD thesis, South African prisoner-of-war experience during and after World War II (1939 – c.1950), in 2012. Her Masters’ dissertation was completed at Edinburgh University and focussed on the Scottish Press and the South African War (1899 – 1902). Various articles emanating from her research have been published in local and international journals.

Professor Ashley Jackson is Professor of Imperial and Military History, King’s College London, in the Defence Studies Department based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

Alan Jeffreys is Senior Curator, Social History at the Imperial War Museum. He is co-editor of The Indian Army, 1939-47: Experience and Development (Ashgate, 2012) and currently working on training in the Indian Army during the Second World War. He is also co-editor of an academic history series entitled ‘India at War’ with Helion.

Dr Rob Johnson is the Director of the Changing Character of War programme at Oxford, with a long standing interest in the history of the British Empire at war. He published British Imperialism: Histories and Controversies (2003) which included work on collaboration and resistance, and Spying for Empire: The Great Game in Central and South Asia, 1757-1947(2006). He has published articles and chapters on British frontier operations in India, and on India’s internal security. He has also written on The Afghan Way of War (2011) which resets British colonial operations in a firm Afghan context.

Iain Johnston is a PhD candidate at Christ’s College, Cambridge, working on the contribution of the Dominions during the Second World War.

Professor Greg Kennedy

Dr Michael Kennedy is the Executive Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series. Previously, he lectured in Modern and Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast. In addition to editing eight volumes of the DIFP series (running from 1919 to 1948), Dr Kennedy has published widely on twentieth century Irish diplomatic, political and military history.  His most recent publications includeGuarding Neutral Ireland: The Coast Watching Service and Military Intelligence, 1939-1945 (Dublin, 2008) and Obligations and Responsibilities: Ireland and the United Nations, 1955-2005 (co-edited with Dr Deirdre McMahon) (Dublin, 2005). He is also co-editor (with Commandant Victor Laing) of The Chief of Staff’s Report: The Irish Defence Forces 1940-49 (Dublin, 2011).  He is currently completing a book on the Irish Defence Forces involvement in the United Nations ONUC mission in Congo in the early 1960s.

Dr Kennedy is a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission, a member of the Royal Irish Academy’s Committee for International Affairs, a Research Associate of the Centre for Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College, Dublin, and an adjunct Professor of History at University College Dublin.

Dr Yasmin Khan is a Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, and University Lecturer in Global and Imperial History.

Professor David Killingray is Emeritus Professor, Goldsmiths London. A major force in the study of the British Empire at war, his publications include (edited with Richard Rathbone) Africa and the Second World War (Basingstoke, 1986); (edited with Anthony Clayton), Khaki and Blue: Military and Police in Colonial Africa (Athens OH, 1989); (edited) Fadoyebo, A Stroke of Unbelievable Luck (Madison WI, 1999); Fighting for Britain: African Soldiers in the Second World War (Boydell, 2010); and (with David Omissi), Guardians of Empire (Manchester, 1999). His Empire and war chapters have appeared in Ray, Shinnie & Williams (eds), Into the ‘80s (Calgary, 1981); Page (ed), Africa and the First World War (Basingstoke, 1987); Moore and Wesseling (eds), Imperialism and War (Leiden, 1989); Addison and Calder (eds), Time to Kill (London, 1997); Moore & Fedorowich (eds), Prisoners of War and their Captors in World War II (Oxford, 1997); Strachan (ed.), The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War (Oxford, 1998); and Horne (ed.), A Companion to the First World War (Oxford, 2010). Articles on aspects of the British Empire’s war experience in the twentieth century have appeared in Journal of African History; Canadian Journal of African Studies; Journal of Modern African Studies; Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History; International Journal of African Historical Studies; South African Historical Journal; Journal of Contemporary History; and Global War Studies. 

Dr James Kitchen is a European Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the ‘Limits of Demobilization: Paramilitary Violence in Europe and the Wider World, 1917-1923’ project, based at University College Dublin, with a specific focus on the transition from war to peace in the Middle East. His DPhil thesis at Oxford examined the morale and military identity of British imperial forces serving in the Sinai and Palestine campaigns of 1916-1918. He has published articles on the Indian Army in Palestine and crusading rhetoric among British imperial soldiers serving in the Middle East in the First World War.

Dr Matthew Lewis is an ERC Postdoctoral Fellow working on the project ‘The Limits of Demobilization’. His current research project is a comparative study of British paramilitarism in Ireland and Palestine after the First World War. Matthew completed his doctorate at Queen’s University Belfast in 2011. His PhD thesis focused on the controversial revolutionary past of Irish statesman Frank Aiken, and the broader context of republican politics and violence on the south-east Ulster border between 1916 and 1923. He is currently preparing publications from this research.

Dr Donal Lowry is Reader in Imperial and Commonwealth History at Oxford Brookes University.

Dr David Macri is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. His Hong Kong University doctorate was on the origins of the Pacific war, with a focus on Anglo-American coalition building efforts in southern China, was published by the University of Kansas Press (2012). His research has also led to articles analyzing the origins and impact of Sino-Canadian relations in International History Review and an examination of Canada’s military intervention in the Sino-Japanese War at Hong Kong in the Journal of Military History.

Dr Jatinder Mann is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London. He specialises in transnational and comparative history and politics. Jatinder was awarded his doctorate in history at The University of Sydney in 2011. He was also a recipient of the prestigious Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS) by the Australian government and an International Postgraduate Award (IPA) by The University of Sydney for his doctoral research. Previously Jatinder completed an MA in Australian studies at King’s College London; and a BA in history at University College London, with First Class Honours.

Alyson Mercer is a PhD student at King’s College London.

Professor Bob Moore is in the History Department at the University of Sheffield as is an expert on the prisoner of war experience in the Second World War and the Dutch war effort.

Dr Benjamin Mountford is M.G. Brock Junior Research Fellow in Modern British History at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford.

Dr Andrew Muldoon is Associate Professor in the Department of History, Metropolitan State University of Denver. In 2009 he published a book on the politics of late-stage colonialism in India, and has now turned to the topic of the Second World War there. His focus is on soldiers’ experiences of the war in South Asia, including British, Indian, African and American participants. He is also interested in the various refugee and exile populations which either moved through or based themselves in India during the war. He has given papers at the North American Conference on British Studies, Western Conference on British Studies, and the “Empire States of Mind” conference in Hong Kong related to this project.  These papers have examined British soldiers’ morale in India/Burma, the impact of the war on “colonial prestige” in Asia and the experiences of the several thousand Polish refugees who spent much of the war in western India.

Professor Malcolm Murfett is a member of the National University of Singapore’s Department of History

Ouleye Ndoye researches West African participation in the Second World War. She worked with the Imperial War Museum as the Research Specialist on Africa for the AHRC-sponsored ‘Whose Remembrance?’ project. As a Weidenfeld Scholar at Oxford, Ndoye’s M.Sc dissertation investigates the transnational networks of information, assistance, and obligation among British missionaries and military officers in 1930-1945 colonial Nigeria.

Dr Kate O’Malley works for the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) series. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where she has also lectured and tutored. More recently she has lectured on the history of Irish foreign policy at University College Dublin and on British decolonisation at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy’s International Affairs committee.

She has written extensively on Indo-Irish relations and her first book Ireland, India and Empire was published by Manchester University Press in 2008. Other publications include: ‘Metropolitan Resistance: Indo-Irish connections in the inter-war period’ in Rehana Ahmed & Sumita Mukherjee (eds), South Asian Resistances in Britain 1858-1947: Interactions and Modes of Resistance (London, 2012); ‘Ireland and India: post-independence diplomacy’ in Irish Studies in International Affairs, 22 (Dublin, 2011); ‘Ireland, India and Empire: Indo-Irish separatist political links and perceived threats to the British Empire’ in Tadgh Foley and Maureen O’Connor (eds), Ireland and India. Colonies, Culture and Empire (Dublin, 2006); ‘Indian Political Intelligence (IPI): the monitoring of real and possible danger?’ in Eunan O’Halpin, Robert Armstrong and Jane Ohlmeyer (eds), Intelligence, Statecraft and International Power. Irish Conference of Historians (Dublin, 2006).

Her research interests include Irish diplomatic and political history, twentieth century Indian history, British imperial and Commonwealth history, British decolonisation, intelligence history and transnational history.

Professor Timothy H. Parsons is a Professor of African History at Washington University in St. Louis specializing in the social history of twentieth century East Africa. Some of his publications relating to the British Empire at War include: The African Rank-and-File: Social Implications of Colonial Service in the King’s African Rifles (Heinemann 1999); ‘”Wakamba Warriors are Soldiers of the Queen”: The Evolution of the Kamba as a Martial Race, 1890-1970’, Ethnohistory, 46 (1999); ‘Dangerous Education?: The Army as School in Colonial East Africa’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth Studies, 28, 1 (January 2000); and co-author with Mungai Mutonya, ‘KiKAR: Factors Influencing the Development of a Simplified Swahili in the Colonial Army’, Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 25, 2 (2004).

Dr Catriona Pennell is a lecturer in History at the University of Exeter. Her research to-date has explored the experience of Britain and Ireland in the First World War, with a particular emphasis on Ireland’s relationship with Britain and the rest of the empire. She is the author of A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland (OUP, 2012).

Professor Douglas Peers has been Dean of Arts and Professor of History at the University of Waterloo since July 2011. From 2007 to 2011 he was Professor of History, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice-President Graduate at York University. Previously he was at the University of Calgary where he served in a number of administrative positions including Interim Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He served as President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies in 2009-10. He recently joined the Board of the GRE and was elected Vice-President of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

He is the author of Between Mars and Mammon: Colonial Armies and the Garrison State in Early-Nineteenth Century India (1995), India Under Colonial Rule, 1700-1885 (2006), and published more than twenty articles and chapters on the intellectual, political, medical and cultural dimensions of nineteenth-century India in such journals as the Social History of Medicine, Modern Asian Studies, The Historical Journal, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, International History Review, Radical History Review and Journal of World History. Recent works include “The more this foul case is stirred, the more offensive it becomes’: Imperial Authority, Victorian Sentimentality and the Court Martial of Colonel Crawley, 1862-1864”, in Sameetah Agha and Elizabeth Kolsky, eds., Fringes of Empire: Peoples, Places, and Spaces at the Margins of British Colonial India, (2009);  “Military Revolutions and South Asia,” in Wayne E. Lee, ed., Imperial-Indigenous Military Relations in the Early Modern Era (2011) and “Army Discipline, Military Cultures, and State Formation in Colonial India, ca.1780-1860”, in Huw Bowen, Elizabeth Mancke, and John Reid, eds., Britain’s Oceanic Empire: Atlantic and Indian Ocean World, c.1550-1850 (2012); and the forthcoming “Innovation and Adaptation: Military Transformations in the Armies of Mir Qasim of Bengal and Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore”, in Kaushik Roy and Peter Lorge, eds, Warfare and Society in China and India: a Comparative Analysis, (in press). He co-edited with Nandini Gooptu, India and the British Empire, a companion volume in the Oxford History of the British Empire series which appeared in the fall of 2012. In that volume he provided a chapter on the colonial state that stressed the extent to which military influences and strategic imperatives shaped the political economy of colonial India. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1993.

Professor Ian Phimister is a Senior Research Professor at the University of the Free State. Previously Professor of International History at the University of Sheffield, he has held posts at the Universities of Zambia, Cape Town and Oxford. Books and articles of his that cover aspects of imperial warfare and postcolonial violence include An Economic and Social History of Zimbabwe 1890-1948.Capital Accumulation and Class Struggle, (London, 1988); ‘Zimbabwe: the combined and contradictory inheritance of the struggle against colonialism’, in C Stoneman (ed) Zimbabwe’s Prospects (London, 1988);  ‘South Africa and the Second World War’, in I. Dear (ed), The Oxford Companion to the Second World War (Oxford, 1995); ‘Burnham, Frederick Russell (1861- 1947)’ [vol.8, 967-969]; ‘Lobengula Khumalo (c.1835-1893/4?)’ [vol.34, 204-205]; ‘Makoni, Mutota (c.1835-1896)’ [vol.36, 265-266]; and ‘Mapondera, Kadungure (c.1840s-1904)’ [vol.36, 586-587]; in  H. Matthew and B. Harrison (eds), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 60 vols (Oxford, 2004); ‘Unscrambling the Scramble for Southern Africa: the Jameson Raid and the South African War revisited’, South African Historical Journal, 1993, v.25; and ‘The Making and Meanings of the Massacres in Matabeleland’, Development Dialogue, 2008, v.50.

Dr Christopher Prior is Lecturer in Twentieth Century History, University of Southampton. His research has considered the impact of the First World War upon the functioning of the colonial state in British Africa, as reflected in Exporting Empire: Africa, colonial officials and the construction of the British imperial state, c.1900−39 (Manchester University Press, February 2013). Further research has concerned the impact of the Boer War upon British society.

Brigadier Ian Rigden is Head of Land Warfare and Research at the Developing Concepts and Doctrine Centre, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and Colonel Commandant of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

Dr Martin Robson is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London. His work focuses on Britain’s role as a global actor during the 18th and 19th centuries, and brings together diplomatic, economic and military policy. He completed his PhD in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London and is a former Caird Senior Research Fellow at the National Maritime Museum. He is the author of Britain, Portugal and South America in the Napoleonic Wars: Alliances and Diplomacy in Economic Maritime Conflict, (London, I B Tauris, 2010), The Battle of Trafalgar, (London: Conway Maritime Press, 2005), and, with Professor Malyn Newitt, Lord Beresford and British Intervention in Portugal, 1807-1820, (Lisbon: ICS, 2003). He is currently researching a number of subject areas related to Britain as an Imperial State, 1756-1815, particularly the links between war, trade and sea power.

Dr Neil Roos is Associate Professor at the University of the Free State

Dr Anne Samson is an independent historian focusing on British and South African relations over Africa from 1910. She obtained her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2004 with a study on the East Africa campaign of 1914-1918. This was published by IB Tauris in 2006 under the title Britain, South Africa and the East Africa Campaign, 1914-1918: The Union comes of Age. Her second book, World War 1 in Africa: The forgotten campaign of the Empires has just been published by Tauris. Dr Samson co-ordinates the Great War in East Africa Association which has just over 100 members across the globe.

Dr Priya Satia is associate professor of history at Stanford University. Her work focuses on how culture has shaped the use and development of military technology in the British empire. Her award-winning first book, Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East (OUP, 2008) focused on the surveillance and military tactics developed by the British state in the Middle East during and after World War I. She has also published several key articles on war and the British imperial state: on the invention of air control in British Iraq (American Historical Review), the invention of radio during the Boer War (Technology & Culture), and the British-Indian development of Iraq during World War One (Past & Present). She is currently writing a book on the gun trade in the eighteenth-century empire, focusing particularly on what it can tell us about the role of the state’s war-making needs in the Industrial Revolution.

Mark Seddon is a PhD candidate within the University of Sheffield’s Department of History. His thesis analyses British and US intervention in the Venezuelan oil industry throughout the 1940s. He is the author of ‘Incorporating Corporations: Anglo-US Oil Diplomacy and Conflict over Venezuela, 1941–1943‘, which appeared in May 2012 edition of the Journal of Transatlantic Studies.

Dr Gajendra Singh is a European Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin. He has previously been engaged in studying the testimonies of Indian soldiers during the two world wars, and of the intimate connection between these testimonies and the re-imagining of colonial military identities. His forthcoming monograph, The Testimonies of Indian Soldiers and the Two World Wars: Between Self and Sepoy (Bloomsbury, 2014) is a product of this work. He has in addition published articles on the construction and reconstruction of martial races in India; the interrogations of captured men of the Indian National Army during and after the Second World War; and pan-Islamism among Muslim soldiers of the Indian Army during the First World War.

Professor Adrian Smith is a member of the University of Southampton’s Department of History.  His interest in the Empire and war is reflected in: Mountbatten Apprentice War Lord (2010) and recent journal articles on Mountbatten and the Suez crisis; research on British aviation, including Mick Mannock, Fighter Pilot,: Myth, Life and Politics (2001), which focused on the 1917-18 air war over the Western Front; work on Southampton as a wartime ‘gateway to empire’; and collaboration, firstly, with the University of Kent on cinema and the Great War, and secondly, via Southampton’s Maritime and Marine Institute with the Royal Navy Museum regarding the RN in two world wars.

Dr Richard Smith is a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths University of London. He has written widely on the experience of Caribbean troops in both world wars and the race and gender implications of military service in the British Empire. Richard was on the advisory committee for the ‘Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire’ project funded by the AHRC. His book, Jamaican Volunteers in the First World War: Race, Masculinity and the Development of National Consciousness was published by Manchester University Press, 2004 and reissued in 2009. Recent publications include: ‘”Sons of our Empire”: Shifting Ideas of ‘Race’ and the Cinematic Representation of Imperial Troops in the First World War’ (with Toby Haggith) in Lee Grieveson and Colin MacCabe (eds.), Film and the Empire (2011); ‘”Heaven Grant You Strength to Fight the Battle for Your Race”: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and the First World War in the Jamaican Memory’, in Santanu Das (ed.), Race, Empire and First World War Writing (2011).

Dr Daniel Owen Spence is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. He acquired his Ph.D. from Sheffield Hallam University in May 2012 with his thesis titled ‘Imperialism and Identity in British Colonial Naval Culture, 1930s to Decolonisation’. He has published on the topics of ‘Australian Naval Defence and the 1887 Colonial Conference’ and ‘Racial Identity in the Trinidad Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve’, has forthcoming chapters addressing ‘Caymanian Naval Volunteers in the Second World War’ and ‘Imperial Ideology, Identity and Naval Recruitment in Britain’s Asian Empire, c.1928-1941’, while an article is currently under consideration exploring ‘Beyond Talwar: A Cultural Reappraisal of the 1946 Royal Indian Navy Mutiny’.

Professor Tim Stapleton is a professor of African History at Trent University in Canada.  He has taught at Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, and been a research associate at the University of Zimbabwe and the University of Botswana.  Prof. Stapleton is the author of numerous articles and chapters, and five books on African History the most recent of which are A Military History of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the End of Apartheid (Westport: Praeger Security International, 2010) and African Police and Soldiers in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1923-80 (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2011).

Dr Andrew Stewart is Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies, King’s College London. His doctorate from King’s Department of War Studies concerned the civil-military and coalition relations of the British Empire during the Second World War, subsequently published as Empire Lost: Britain, the Dominions, and the Second World War (Continuum, 2008). In 2008 Stewart co-edited Diplomats at War: British and Commonwealth Diplomacy in Wartime and A Very British Experience: Coalition, Defence, and Strategy in the Second World War appeared in 2012. He has published articles on the imperial war effort in the Western Desert, the East Africa campaign, the Eastern Fleet, the British Commonwealth Air Training Scheme, and the role of Dominions high commissioners in, among other organs, the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, the English Historical ReviewThe Round Table, Twentieth Century British HistoryGlobal War Studies, and the South African Journal of Military Studies.

Dr Sarah Stockwell is Senior Lecturer in the History Department, King’s College London.

Jacob Stoil is a DPhil candidate at Worcester College, University of Oxford.  His dissertation explores indigenous forces in the Middle East and Horn of Africa during the Second World War.  Prior to his Dphil Jacob completed his MA and BA at King’s College London in the Department of War Studies.  His recent publications include ‘Structures of Cooperation and Conflict – Local Forces in Mandatory Palestine’ published in Ex Historia.  Jacob has delivered numerous papers on the relationship between imperial forces and indigenous forces – a primary interest of his.  Jacob’s other research interests include irregular forces, peripheral campaigns, military adaptation in the developing world, and Middle Eastern military history in particular Palestine Mandate in the Second World War.  Jacob is also a member of the Second World War Military Operations Research Groups.

Antonia Strachey graduated with a first in her undergraduate degree in economic history with economics at LSE in 2009. She was awarded an ESRC studentship for her postgraduate studies at Oxford in economic history. She is now in the second year of her DPhil which she is writing on Indian living standards during the second world war.

Dr Chandar S. Sundaram is a scholar of the Colonial and Post-Colonial Indian Army. He has co-edited A Military History of India and South Asia from the East India Company to the Nuclear Era(Westport and London: Praeger, 2007), and co-authored For the Honour of India: a History of Indian Peacekeeping (New Delhi: Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, 2009). His articles have appeared in The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, South Asia, War &Society and The Indo-British Review. One of his articles was reprinted in Ashgate Books 7  volume compilation  of the best articles on the Second World War, edited by Jeremy Black, Most recently, he has published the article “ ‘Treated with Scant Attention’: the Imperial Cadet Corps, Indian Nobles, and Anglo-Indian Policy, 1897-1917”, in The Journal of Military History, 77(1), Jan. 2013.

Dr Charles Thomas is an assistant professor and the director of African history at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  His work looks specifically at the social and military history of the King’s African Rifles, the 6th Battalion’s transition to the Tanganyika Rifles at independence, and their existence as the Tanzanian People’s Defence Force following the 1964 mutinies.

Professor Martin Thomas is Professor of European Imperial History and Director of the Centre for War, State, and Society at the University of Exeter. He has written extensively on colonial politics and his most recent book, Violence and Colonial Order: Police, Workers, and Protest in the European Colonial Empires, 1918-40 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. Other recent books include Empires of Intelligence: Security Services and Colonial Control after 1914 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007) and, with Bob Moore and L.J. Butler, Crises of Empire: Decolonization and Europe’s Imperial States, 1918-1975 (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2008). In 1998 he published The French Empire at War, 1940-1945 (Manchester University Press). He is currently working on a comparative study of French and British decolonization to be published with Oxford University Press.

Professor Richard Toye is a member of the History Department at Exeter University. He is the author of Churchill’s Empire: The World That Made Him and the World He Made (2010), a systematic account of Winston Churchill’s lifelong involvement with the British Empire.

Dr Chris Tripodi

Gerald White is an historian with the US Air Force.

Dr Daniel Whittingham completed his Ph.D at King’s College London in 2013, looking at colonial warfare and military thought in Britain c. 1870-1914.

David Whittington is writing a doctoral thesis at the University of the West of England examining looking at India during the Second World War and the role of Leo Amery as Secretary of State for India.

Alexander Wilson  read History at the University of York (2007-2010). While there he was a keen member of the UOTC and volunteered as a Curatorial Assistant at the Kohima Museum. Moving to the War Studies Department at KCL, he was awarded a distinction in the MA in the History of Warfare in 2011. He began the MPhil/PhD programme in January 2012. He is a member of the History of Warfare Research Group at KCL.

Dr Catherine Wilson

Dr Timothy Winegard received his MA in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2006, and his PhD in History from the University of Oxford in 2010.  He served nine years as an officer in the Canadian Forces, including a two-year attachment to the British Army. Dr. Winegard is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and three books: Oka: A Convergence of Cultures and the Canadian Forces (2008); Indigenous Peoples of the British Dominions and the First World War (2011); and, For King and Kanata: Canadian Indians and the First World War (2012).  He is a professor of history at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

A striking Second World War recruitment poster showing the British lion and the lion of Lanka. Copyright Sri Lanka National Archives.