‘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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'Put out more flags in order to increase splendour'
anonymous Chinese sage quoted by Lin Yutang and Evelyn Waugh

We are about to start the new academic year 2015/16 at the University of Wolverhampton . Anyone interested in finding out about military history, war studies or conflict studies, go to my links page on this site and take a look at my university personal page and departmental page. Undergraduate degree courses at Wolverhampton with which I am involved include the BA War Studies and BA War Studies and History, and the the BSc Armed Forces degree, designed particularly for students who also wish to enter the British armed forces.  Our next Undergraduate Open Day at the University of Wolverhampton is: Saturday 10 October. I am Co-Director of the First World War Research Group at the university, together with Professor Gary Sheffield; we have begun by organising Study Days open to the public. Contact either of us for further details. For a taster of what we are doing see:  https://www.wlv.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=37858 Our new part-timeMA in the History of Britain and the First World War is now signing up its next students; details can be found at: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/search/?collection=courses&form=wolves-coursesearch&meta_L_sand=postgraduate&course=on&meta_C_sand=History+politics+and+war+studies&query=

First World War Centenary Commemorations are continuing. This is a busy time for me in terms of First World War conferences and public speaking, along with my colleagues Professor John Buckley, Professor Gary Sheffield, Dr Laura Ugolini, Dr Simon Constantine, and Dr Spencer Jones, plus myself. In fact, over the next few weeks I'll be speaking about the war in Scotland, England and Ireland, in that order! See my 'Stop Press' below! 

My own work on the First World War continues to focus on propaganda and media, with the occasional addition of the cavalry and various battles.This includes my involvement on behalf of the University of Wolverhampton in the recently-launched regional World War One Engagement Centre: Voices of War and Peace; go to the website: http://www.voicesofwarandpeace.org and if you click on the picture of the soldier on the bottom-left of the picture montage you will find a short article I have written.

My recent article for History Today, ‘Today’s History: A Muddy Vision of the Great War,’ (Volume 65 Issue 5, May 2015) was not the only complaint from professional historians with a lot of television experience that television involvement with the First World War as part of the commemorations has been mediocre-to-poor. My article has been well received by general readers of history, and totally ignored by the programme makers, as I expected.

In November 2013 we launched the Wolverhampton Military Studies Series of books from Helion publishing, with me as Series Editor. The first book in the series was Spencer Jones (ed.), Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914 (London: Helion, 2013), to which contributed a chapter on 'Sir John French and Command of the BEF' which may perhaps cause some people to rethink their views on both the Field Marshal and his army. For further details about the series see the Helion webpage: http://www.helion.co.uk/wolverhamptonmilitarystudies We are now about to publish the 10th book in the series, which is good going.

Recently published is a book of counterfactual scenarios about the First World War, Over the Top, edited by Peter Tsouras and Spencer Jones (London: Frontline, 2014). My contribution is called 'Kitchener of Arabia' and is about a plan the Allies never carried out for landing at Alexandretta on the Turkish coast.

Doctrine and Reform in the British Cavalry 1880-1918 (London: Ashgate, 2008) continues to be well received and reviewed - and the publishers have reduced the price to £35 so that interested readers can actually afford it! This was my first full length book on military doctrine, and was shortlisted for the 2008 Templer Medal by the Society for Army Historical Research. Another book from Asgate to which I have contributed is George Kassimeris and John Buckley (eds), The Ashgate Companion to Modern Warfare (London: Ashgate, 2010) for which I wrote the chapter 'Media Management and Media War'. This book also has been well reviewed. Details can be found on the Ashgate website, www.ashgate.com, or from Amazon UK at www.amazon.co.uk .

I'm still Number One!  Back in 1990 I wrote for Osprey volume one in their Campaign Series, otherwise known as CAM 1 - Normandy 1944: Allied Landings and Breakout, which has also been reprinted by Praeger, and by Osprey in their Military History Series and in an edition in Spanish for del Prado. Next year is the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, and Osprey have told me that some of the text from Normandy 1944 will be used in a compilation book on the beach landings that they are bringing out. Early in 2009 I asked how Normandy 1944 had been selling, and this is the answer: Normandy 1944 has never been out of print, and has been reprinted at least once a year each year. It has sold over 12,600 copies in the UK, 12,300 copies in the USA, and 7,300 copies in Europe and the rest of the world, or over 32,200 copies in total. That doesn't put me in the bestseller class, but it's not bad, especially for the first book that I ever wrote. It really needs a new edition, but even after 20 years there isn't much about it that I think needs changing. You can buy it by going to my Publications page and following the link near the top. I also shamelessly recommend my three contributions to the Battlezone Normandy series, Utah Beach, Omaha Beach and Battle for Caen.



On Saturday 19 September I will be speaking in Dundee as part of the Scottish Branches of the Western Front Association conference on "Scotland and the Great War"

On Saturday-Sunday 26-27 September I will be speaking in London as part of "The Gallipoli Centenary Conference" heald jointly by The Gallipoli Associaton and the Western Front Association

On Saturday 10 October I will be speaking in Cork, as part of the Cork, Dublin, Antrim and Down Branches of the Western Front Association's conference "United and Divided: The Impact of the First World War on Britain, Ireland and the Empire"  
Stephen Badsey giving the keynote
address at the Canadian 17th
Military History Colloquium at the
University of Western Ontario,
5th May 2006.

Events Within The Last 12 Months Have Included:

July 2015
, Invited Keynote Speaker at the concluding Public Lecture for the International Conference on Alternate Spaces of War 1914 to the Present, University of Plymouth.

February 2015, Invited seminar speaker, ‘The German Corpse Factory and British Propaganda in the First World War,’ to the Graduate Research Seminar of the History Department of the University of Kent.

November 2014 I spoke on 'Propaganda' at the Symposium on The First World War: Perspectives of the Home Front, Royal United Services Institute, London, November 2014.

October 2014 I spoke on British Generals in 1914 and Their Anglo-Boer War Experience,’ From the Anglo-Boer to the Great War: International Military History Conference, The South African Military History Society / Die Suid-Afrikaanse Krysshistoriese Vereniging and Talana Museum, Battlefield and Heritage Park, Talana Museum, South Africa.

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