Personal information

Date of birth:  6 January 1955

Place of birth:             Hartlepool, England

Nationality:                British

Marital status:            Married (no children)

Office address

Department of International Politics,                                   

University of Wales, Aberystwyth,                                         

Edward Llwyd Building,                                                           


Ceredigion SY23 3DA

Tel. 01970 622693

Fax: 01970 622709

e-mails: and

Employment record

Present Post

Professor of International Relations, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Previous Posts

Professor of Contemporary History & Politics, University of Salford (1993-2001)

Lecturer in French & British History, University of Southampton (1982-93)

Visiting and external posts

Associate Professor of Strategy & Policy, US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island (1991-92)

John M. Olin Foundation Fellow, Yale University (1988-89)

Franco-British Council Research Fellow, Paris (1980-82)


Anglo-French Defence Relations between the Wars, 1919-1939 (co-ed. with William J. Philpott) (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002)

France and the Algerian War, 1954-62. Strategy, Operations and Diplomacy (co-ed. with J.F.V. Keiger) (London: Frank Cass, 2002)

The Algerian War and the French Army (1954-62): Experiences, Images, Testimonies (co-ed. with Martin Evans and J.F.V. Keiger) (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002)

Crisis and Renewal: France, 1918-1962 (co-ed. with Kenneth Mouré) (New York: Berghahn, 2002)

French History since Napoleon (ed.) (London: Edward Arnold, 1999)

Knowing Your Friends. Intelligence inside Alliances and Coalitions from 1914 to the Cold War (ed.) (London: Frank Cass, 1998)

The Republic in Danger. General Maurice Gamelin and the politics of French defence, 1933-39 (Cambridge University Press, 1993)

The French and Spanish Popular Fronts of 1936: Comparative Perspectives (co-ed. with Helen Graham) (Cambridge University Press, 1989; reissued in pb. 2002)

Chapters and articles

‘Prologue à 1940: la stratégie de guerre Franco-Britannique à travers les conversations d’Etats-majors de 1939’ in Christine Levisse-Touzé (ed.), La Campagne de 1940 (Paris: Editions Tallandier, 2001), pp. 38-51

‘The History and Historiography of the Battle of France and Flanders: The French View’, in Brian Bond and Michael Taylor (eds.), The Battle for France and Flanders. Sixty Years On (Barnsley: Leo Cooper/Pen & Sword Books, 2001), pp. 181-205

‘Les évaluations militaires britanniques des capacités de l’armée française en Algérie (1955-58)’, in Jean-Charles Jauffret and Maurice Vaïsse (eds.), Militaires et guérrilla dans la guerre d’Algérie (Brussels: Editions Complexe, 2001), pp. 49-58

‘The Franco-German Balance of Power in the Appeasement Era: Perspectives from the Hôtel Matignon and the French Army’, in Stephen A. Shuker (ed.), Deutschland und Frankreich Vom Konflikt zur Aussöhnung. Die Gestaltung des west europäischen Sicherheit 1914-1963 (Munich: Oldenbourg Verlag, 2000), pp. 159-68

‘Le Général Gamelin, Chef d’état-major général de l’armée, et les gouvernements (1935-1940)’, in Eric Duhamel, Olivier Forcade and Philippe Vial (eds.), Militaires en République, 1870-1962. Les officiers, le pouvoir et la vie publique en France (Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 1999), pp. 65-72

‘France, the collapse of Republican Spain and the approach of general war. National Security, war economics and the Spanish refugees, 1938-1940’, in Christian Leitz and David J. Dunthorn (eds.), Spain in an International Context, 1936-1959 (New York: Berghahn, 1999), pp. 105-28

‘In defence of the Maginot Line: security policy, domestic politics and the economic depression in France’, in Robert Boyce (ed.), French Foreign and Defence Policy, 1918-1940. The decline and fall of a great power (London: Routledge, 1998), pp. 164-94

‘”Fighting to the Last Frenchman” ? Reflections on the BEF deployment to France and the strains in the Anglo-French Alliance, 1939-40’, in Joel Blatt (ed.), The French Defeat of 1940. Reassessments (New York: Berghahn, 1998), pp. 296-326

‘Duty, Discipline and Authority: The French Officer Elites between Professionalism and Politics, 1900-1962’, in Nicholas J. Atkin and Frank Tallett (eds.), The Right in France, 1789-1997 (London & New York: I. B. Tauris, 1998), pp. 129-59

‘”No Taste for the Fight?” French combat performance in 1940 and the politics of the Fall of France’, in Paul Addison and Angus Calder (eds.), Time to Kill. The Soldier’s Experience of War in the West, 1939-1945 (London: Pimlico Books, 1997), pp. 161-76

‘From Politiques en képi to Military Technocrats: De Gaulle and the Recovery of the French Army after Indochina and Algeria’, in George J. Andreopoulos and Harold E. Selesky (eds.), The Aftermath of Defeat. Societies, Armed Forces and the Challenge of Recovery (Yale University Press, 1994), pp. 79-102

‘A bas les marchands de canons ! Efforts to control the private manufacture and trade in arms in France during the 1930s’, in Maurice Vaïsse (ed.), Le Pacifisme en Europe des années 1920 aux années 1950 (Brussels, Editions Bruylant, 1993), pp. 285-300

‘In lieu of alliance: The French general staff’s secret co-operation with neutral Belgium, 1936-40’, Journal of Strategic Studies 14 (4) Dec. 1991, pp. 413-27

‘Maurice Gamelin and the defeat of France, 1939-40’, in Brian Bond (ed.), Fallen Stars. Eleven Studies of Twentieth-Century Military Disaster (Oxford & London: Brassey’s, 1991), pp. 107-40

‘Safes and Houses. William C. Bullitt, Embassy security and the shortcomings of the US foreign service in Europe before the Second World War’, Diplomacy and Statecraft 2(2) July 1991, pp. 187-210

‘Did the 2e Bureau work ? The role of intelligence in French defence policy and strategy, 1919-1939’, Intelligence and National Security 6 (2) April 1991, pp. 293-333

‘The Fall of France, 1940’, Journal of Strategic Studies 13 (1) March 1990, pp. 10-44

‘Liddell Hart and De Gaulle: Prophets of Limited Liability and Mobile defense’, in Peter Paret (ed.), Makers of Modern Strategy. From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age (Princeton University Press, 1986), pp. 597-623

‘Prophet without Honour ? The French high command and Pierre Taittinger’s report on the Ardennes defences, March 1940’, War & Society 4 (1) May 1986, pp. 53-77

Modules currently or recently taught

(A) At BA/BSc Level

·        Introduction to War, Strategy and Intelligence

·        From Gloire to Gore: Military History since Napoleon (1815-1918)

·        De Gaulle’s France, 1934-1970

·        The Ghosts of Napoleon: French strategy and warfare, 1867-1962

·        The Vietnam War, 1954-75

(B) At MSc/MA Level

·        Images and Experiences of War: combat in film and literature, 1914-75

·        Contemporary Strategic Problems

·        Thoughts of War: Strategic Thinkers and Thinking since Sun Tzu

 Administrative and Managerial Experience

Head of Department of Politics & Contemporary History, University of Salford (1994-98)

Member of Senate and Faculty of Arts, Media & Social Science Board, University of Salford, 1994-99

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Politics & Contemporary History University of Salford, 1998-99

Director of External Relations & Recruitment, University of Salford, 1999-2001

Tutor for Mature Students, Department of International Politics, UWA, Aberystwyth, 2001-02

External Examinerships

University of Leicester, for BA programmes in Modern History and Modern History and Politics (1999-2002)

University of Edinburgh, for MSc in Second World War Studies (since 2000)

External Advisory Positions

Advisory Board, Centre for Second World War Studies, University of Edinburgh

Advisory Board, Centre for Security Studies, University of Hull

Advisory Board, Plymouth University International Studies Centre

Affiliate, International Security Studies Program, Yale University

Membership of Learned Societies

Royal Historical Society (Fellow)

Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies (RUSI)

British International Studies Association (BISA)

Society for Military History (SMH)

British Commission for Military History (BCMH)

Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

Society for French Historical Studies (SFHS)

Society for the Study of French History

Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France (ASMCF)

Study Group on Intelligence (SGI)

Army Records Society

Navy Records Society

Interests and Hobbies

·    Cricket (Life member, Yorkshire CCC), football (Kidderminster Harriers FC), rugby union, golf

·    Classic Cars and their restoration (especially Solihull-built Rovers)

·    Gerry Anderson marionation series/merchandise (esp. Thunderbirds)

·    Big Band & Jazz music (esp. 1940s-50s American and British swing and jazz bands and     vocalists e.g. Benny Goodman, Ray Anthony, Ted Heath, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Keely Smith, Anita O’Day, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes)

·   Bird-watching and country walks