About the British Commission for Military History
The British Commission for Military History was founded in 1968 as the national branch of the International Commission for Military History. It serves as a forum for the discussion and promotion of military history in the broadest sense, that is naval and air as well as army aspects without any specific time limits.
The British Commission for Military History is at the forefront of academic debate over many aspects of military history including the centenary of the First World War. Through the British Journal for Military History, a pioneering Open Access, peer-reviewed journal and regular conferences, the BCMH delivers high quality scholarship in military history to an audience beyond academia. For more details concerning the BCMH centenary plans, see here.
The British Commission for Military History also maintains an active social media presence and can be found on Facebook here and on Twitter here.
British Journal for Military History
The British Journal for Military History is a pioneering Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that brings high quality scholarship in military history to an audience beyond academia.
It will be of interest to anyone who enjoys military history and will consider and publish work on a broad range of themes from any period or war.
The journal is a British Commission for Military History initiative and has an Editorial Advisory Board that includes some of the world’s leading military historians.
Table of Contents (Vol. 2, No. 1)
Kelly DeVries, ‘Technological Determinisms of Victory at the Battle of Agincourt.'
Jorit Wintjes, ‘Europe’s Earliest Kriegsspiel? Book Seven of Reinhard Graf zu Solms’ Kriegsregierung and the ‘Prehistory’ of Professional War Gaming.'
Paul Huddie, ‘British Military Recruitment in Ireland during the Crimean War, 1854-56.'
Edward Smalley, ‘Qualified, but unprepared: Training for War at the Staff College in the 1930s.'
Matthew Powell, ‘Re-discovering the Operational Level: Army Co- operation Command and Tactical Air Power Development in Britain, 1940-43.'
Michael Durey, ‘The Search for Answers on the Missing in the Great War: Lt Hugh Henshall Williamson and His Parents’ Struggle with Officialdom, 1916-2001.'
Roger Blaber, ‘Tanks in the ‘Hundred Days’ 1918 - A Diminishing Resource.'
For more details about the British Journal for Military History, visit the website here.
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British Commission for Military History launches the British Journal for Military History
"The birth of the British Journal for Military History will be as welcome as it is long overdue.
The past few decades have seen the appearance of a new generation of military historians. Some have been serving or retired members of the Armed Forces; some academics or aspiring academics; and some - most welcome of all – amateurs who write for the sheer love of it. The continuing demand for their work is evidenced in every major bookshop, where ‘Military History’ shelves often take up as much space as does mere ‘History’. Even those whose primary interest is not military history as such now realise that a knowledge of the subject is necessary if they are to understand the past, to say nothing of the present. Military history is now too important to be left to the military historians.
For the past few years military historians have been able to communicate with each another at the annual meetings of the British Commission for Military History and through its publication Mars and Clio. Now the BJMH will make their work available to a far wider readership and should attract an increasing number of contributors. It will be not only British, and not only military historians who will wish it well."
Professor Sir Michael Howard
The British Commission for Military History is very pleased to offer you the inaugural issue of the British Journal for Military History. This journal represents a unique vehicle for distributing high-quality military history to an audience beyond academia. The BJMH is open access, applies peer review policies to all the articles we receive and is published three times a year.
Our first issue showcases some of the journal’s ambitions. Articles consider a number of topics, ranging from the use and abuse of military history, to military promotion, shooting power, memory and war, the evolution of strategy and changing identities. In this edition we not only offer a platform for well-established historians but also for those new and upcoming authors with whom we wish to develop strong ties over the long term. Future issues will focus on counterinsurgency, offer a discussion of women working in military history and have Professors Andrew Roberts and Charles Esdaile debate whether Napoleon was great.
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