PhD Masterclass: Antony Beevor


Tuesday 29 November 2016, 6 – 7.30pm, Dreyfus Room, 26 Russell Square

Antony Beevor will be delivering a masterclass on methodologies of military history in conversation with Birkbeck’s Dr. Sarah Howard.

 John Keegan’s The Face of Battle started a transformation in the study of military history, leading eventually to the New Military History drawing on cultural and social methodologies to study war. However detailed reconstruction of battle is still a source of vital historical knowledge; the provision of artillery rounds to Operations Mars and Uranus for instance provides invaluable insights into how Soviet leaders valued the lives of their men, and understood their responsibilities as commanders. Too often discussed as opposing methodologies, this masterclass seeks to explore how historians select and analyse military sources, and apply different approaches to studying the military, and battle, with a focus on how they can complement one another.

If you intend to join the masterclass please confirm with Jack Watling via

We look forward to seeing you there.

This is the first of a series of doctoral masterclasses for Birkbeck’s HCA students. For the full programme, see:


Image credit: Antony Beevor in Litteraturhuset in Oslo, Norway (“Oslo Literature House”). By Bjørn Erik Pedersen (Own work)

[GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY 2.5 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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