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Is Military History Worth Studying?

A Discussion with Jeremy Black

New Books Network 2019

Arguing HistoryNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Military HistoryNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network October 9, 2019 Charles Coutinho

Military history is thought by some to be a valuable field of study to both professional soldiers and civilians. It is indeed one of...

Military history is thought by some to be a valuable field of study to both professional soldiers and civilians. It is indeed one of the most popular fields in the genre of history. And yet many academics tend to look down upon the field as fundamentally unserious and not therefore meriting attention by academic based historians. Historian Jeremy Black, who has written extensively in the field of military history discusses with Charles Coutinho of the Royal Historical Society the question: Is military history worth studying?  In a wide-ranging discussion they delve into the various criticisms that can be made about the genre of military history while also stating why the discipline is still valid, worthy of study.

Professor Jeremy Black MBE, Is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. A graduate of Queens College, Cambridge, he is the author of well over one-hundred books. In 2008 he was awarded the “Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Lifetime Achievement.”


Charles Coutinho Ph. D. of the Royal Historical Society,  received his doctorate from New York University. His area of specialization is 19th and 20th-century European, American diplomatic and political history. He has written recently for Chatham House’s International Affairs.