‘Stephen Badsey, one of the world’s leading authorities on war and the media…’

Gary Sheffield, Forgotten Victory (2001)
Professor Stephen Badsey
PhD MA(Cantab.) FRHistS
Military Historian

‘If you know your history, then you know where you’re coming from.’
Bob Marley, Buffalo Soldier


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'Who am I anyway? Am I my Résumé
from the musical A Chorus Line (1985) 



Research and Teaching Interests
Present Positions and Activities
Previous and Additional Positions
Education and Qualifications
Membership of Professional Bodies

Research and Teaching Interests

I have very wide lecturing and teaching experience at tertiary level for numerous institutions; I have extensive experience of working in television, radio and video including some practical production skills; and I have some familiarity with computer applications to academic teaching.

My particular research speciality is in the relatively new field of 'Media War' (sometimes also known as Media Operations and Information Activities), which I have helped to develop over the last 25 years or so.

Otherwise my chief research and teaching interests are:

The Media, Propaganda and War since c.1800 
Military Thought and Doctrine since c. 1800
The Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902
The First World War 1914-1918
The Battle of Normandy 1944
The Falklands War 1982

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency since c1880 including Peacekeeping
War and the British Empire and its Successors 1800-1970
Land and Air-Land Warfare since c.1850
The British Army since c1850
Counterfactual History and Warfare
Fiction, film, television and the Depiction of war

Present Positions and Activities

Since 2011 I have held the post of Professor of Conflict Studies at the University of Wolverhampton (UK), presently in the Department of History, Politics and War Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, having joined the University as Reader in Conflict Studies in 2007. Please consult my 'Links' page for the link through to the ddepartment.

Among my achievements in this post are the following:

School then Faculty academic liaison with RAF Museum Cosford (including negotiating memorandum of understanding)                                   2007/8 and continuing
Devised and delivered undergraduate modules in counterinsurgency, propaganda, and online postgraduate module in war and propaganda             2008/9 and continuing
Co-creator of the UK’s first BSc Armed Forces vocational degrees, launched 2011/12                                                                        2009 and continuing
Runner up, Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Staff Excellence, category Outstanding Contribution to Research                                                                     2011/2012
School then Faculty liaison with Helion & Company military publishers, including organising undergraduate work placements, and founding the Wolverhampton Military Studies Series of books as Series Editor, launched 2013                         2011 and continuing
Co-Director of university’s First World War Research Group
                                                                                      2013/14 and continuing
Organiser at the University of Wolverhampton of the British Commission for Military History (BCMH) 5th Annual Conference on New Research in Military History
 November 2014
Appointed 'Haig Fellow' for 2016 by the Douglas Haig Fellowship
Appointed to Srts and Humanities Review Council Peer Review College

Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in war studies and conflict studies, including specialist modules in counterinsurgency, propaganda, war and the media, and total war; doctoral postgraduate supervision in several areas.

Also, since 1984 I have been self-employed as a military historian. Up to 1988 I worked mainly full-time under contract as a researcher for BBC Television.

I have made numerous appearances on British and international television and radio, and I am frequently consulted by television and other media companies on historical and military matters. I have contributed to historical videos, educational websites etc (see my media pages).

I have a particular association as a public historian with the Battle of Normandy 1944. In June 1994 for the 50th anniversary of D-Day I was guest speaker on board the liner Queen Elizabeth 2, and (as mentioned in my media pages) in June 2004 for the 60th anniversary I was a studio commentator for both BBC and ITN.

Previous and Additional Positions

From 1988 to 2007 I was employed as a military historian in a civil service specialist grade by the Ministry of Defence. In 1988, I was employed in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the British Army's officer training establishment. After I completed one-term as a casual (temporary) lecturer in 1986, I rejoined full-time as a senior lecturer in 1988, and I was promoted to become a senior lecturer with special responsibilities in 1998. While at Sandhurst I played a leading part in the Sandhurst Conference Series of biennial conferences on defence issues, first held in 1995, and in editing the proceedings (see my publications page). From 2003 to 2007 I was engaged in a number of projects which took me away from my Sandhurst post.

Since 2013 I have been edior of the Wolverhampton Military Studies Series of books (a post which I established) for Helion Publishers.

Since 2010 I have been a member of the editorial board of the Global Security Studies Journal.

Since 2009 I have been an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Second World War Studies, Birmingham University.

Since 2006 I have been an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for First World War Studies, Birmingham University.

From 2005-2007 I was a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for Defence Studies, Kings College London

In 2005 I was a Visiting Professor in the Department of History, University of Southern Mississippi, (Hattiesburg, USA).

From 2002-2007 I was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Australian Army Journal.

From 1995-2001 I was a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of War and Society, De Montfort University, Bedford.

From 1993-1994 I was a Course Tutor for the Open University, South-East Region.

From 1980-84, in my first job after leaving university, I was a Research Assistant in the Department of Information Retrieval, Imperial War Museum, London.

This mainly involved researching and cataloguing the museum colelction of actuality films of the First World War, a catalogue that was published in 1994. This started my lifelong association with classic British propaganda documentaries, in particular Battle of the Somme (1916) and with film and television in military history. (See my media and publications pages.) 

Education and Qualifications

1974-1980 Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University
PhD 1982, MA 1981 (converted from BA 1977).
Scholar, Graduate Studentship

My doctoral thesis was 'Fire and the Sword: The British Army and the Arme Blanche Controversy c.1871-1921' which was a study of horsed cavalry doctrine.

1966-1973 King Edward’s School, Birmingham

Membership of Professional Bodies
(with dates of election/appointment)

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (1995)

Army Records Society (1996); Battlefields Trust (1993); British Commission for Military History (1992); British International Studies Association (1994); British Scolar Society (2010); Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (2002); Indian Military History Society (2009); International Association for Media and History (2000); International Society for First World War Studies (2004); Navy Records Society (2002); Royal United Services Institute (1977); Society for Army Historical Research (1977); Society of Authors (2009); Society for Military History (2004). The Western Front Association (2005).

Key  Publications                      
Entries: ‘Great Britain’, and ‘Propaganda: Media in War Politics’, in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, Freie Universität Berlin, 2014,
Co-author with Gary Sheffield, ‘Chapter 14: Strategic Command’ in Jay Winter (ed.) The Cambridge History of the First World War – Volume 1 (Cambridge, CUP, 2014).
‘Bridging the Firewall? Information Operation and US Military Doctrine in the Battles of Fallujah,’ (2013) 
 ‘Humanitarian War: Justifying Western Military Intervention 1991-2001,’ (2012)
‘Media War and Media Management,’ (2010)
The Gulf War Assessed (1992) with John Pimlott
The Crimean War: The War Correspondents (1994) with Andrew Lambert
Modern Military Operations and the Media (1994)
The Media and International Security (2000)
Britain, NATO, and the Lessons of the Balkan Conflicts 1991-1999 (2004) with Paul Latawski
The Falklands Conflict Twenty Years On (2005) with Rob Havers and Mark Grove
Doctrine and Reform in the British Cavalry 1880-1918 (2008)
The British Army in Battle and Its Image 1914-1918 (2009)

 Principal cataloguer, IWM Series collection of First World War actuality films held by the Imperial War Museum (1980-83)


More than 25 books and 80 articles, chapters, contributions to books etc, on aspects of warfare, military thought and doctrine, propaganda, the media, and military-media issues; writings translated into seven languages.

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