Britain's leading historian of World War 1

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Professor Sir Hew Strachan

Professor of International Relations,
University of St Andrews


Hew Strachan read History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (MA, PhD) and is now a Life Fellow. From 1978 to 1979 he was Senior Lecturer in War Studies and International Affairs at the RMA Sandhurst.

In 1992 he was appointed Professor Modern History at the University of Glasgow and established the Scottish Centre for War Studies. He took up the Chichele Professorship of the History of War at Oxford in January 2002, becoming a Fellow of All Souls College (where he is now an Emeritus Fellow) and directing Oxford’s Programme on the Changing Character of War from 2004 to 2012.

He serves on the Chief of the Defence Staff's Strategic Advisory Panel and on the Defence Academy Advisory Board, and is a specialist advisor to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the National Security Strategy. He is a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner.

Foreign Policy magazine named him one of its global thinkers of 2012, and he was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours and won the Pritzker Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in 2016. He joined the University of St Andrews in 2015.

An acclaimed author, his most recent work for the general reader is The First World War: A New History