Past Lees Knowles Lectures

2018Dr Nicholas Rodger FBA (All Souls Oxford)The Culture of Naval War 1850-1950Listen Online:

2016James Howard-JohnstonThe Byzantine Art of War
2014Ahmed RashidGames Great and Small:
Afghanistan in the Modern World
2012Amir WeinerTotal War: The Soviet Union and the Eastern Front in a Comparative Framework
2010Mr Andrew Roberts  British policy and the armed forces in the Second World War. 
2008Peter Paret1806: The Cognitive Challenge of War
2006Ben ShephardWhat Makes a Soldier? And What Does Not?
2004David ParrottWar, Armies, and Politics in Early Modern Europe: The Military Devolution, 1560-1660
2002Antony BeevorThe experience of war
2000Prof Brian BondBritain and the First World War: The challenge to historians
1998Prof Keith Jeffery‘For the freedom of small nations’: Ireland and the Great War
1996Field-Marshal Sir Peter IngeMilitary force in a changing world
1995Prof Hew StrachanThe politics of the British Army 1815-1914
1992Prof William McNeillDance, drill and bonding in human affairs
1990Maurice KeenEnglish military experience c.1340- c. 1450
1989Dr Alan BowmanVindolanda and the Roman Army: New documents from the northern frontier
1986John D. KeeganSome fallacies of military history
1984Dr. Geoffrey ParkerThe Military Revolution
1983Alistair HorneThe French army and politics 1870-1970
1981Prof. L.W. MartinEvolution of nuclear strategic doctrine since 1945
1979F-M Lord CarverApostles of mobility
1977Prof. Christopher ThorneAnglo-American relations and war against Japan 1941-45
1975Dr. R.L. ClutterbuckGuerilla warfare and political violence
1974Prof. Herman BondiScience and defence
1974D. Cameron WattEuropean armed forces and the approach of the 2nd World War 1933-39
1973Prof. Piers G. MackesyProblems of an amphibious power 1795-1808
1972Prof. John EricksonSoviet soldiers and Soviet society
1971Prof. F.Harry HinsleyWar and the development of the international system
1970Prof. Geoffrey F.A. BestConscience and the conduct of war, from the French Revolution through the Franco-Prussian war
1969Alastair BuchanThe changing functions of military force in international politics
1968Prof. R.V. JonesCommand
1966Prof Michael HowardConduct of British strategy in the 2nd World War
1965Sir Solly ZuckermanScience and military affairs
1963Dr A. Noble FranklandThe strategic air offensive
1962Lt. Gen. Sir John W. HackettThe profession of arms
1961Firld Marshal Lord SlimThe military mind and The spirit of an army
1960Capt. Steven W. RoskillMaritime strategy in the twentieth century
1958Sir Leslie RowanArms and economics: the changing challenge
1958Field Marshal Lord HardingMediterranean strategy in the 2nd World War
1957J.P.W. EhrmanCabinet government and war, 1890-1940
1956Prof. P.M.S. BlackettAtomic weapons 1945-1955
1954Gen. Sir Brian HorrocksAre we training for the last war?
1953Sir Fitzroy MacleanIrregular warfare
1952Air Chief Marshal Sir Roderic HillSome human factors in war
1951Capt. G.H. Roberts RNThe battles of the Atlantic
1951Gen. Sir William PlattThe campaign against Italian East Africa, 1940-1
1950Sir Henry TizardThe influence of war on science
1949Sir Ronald WeeksOrganisation and equipment for war
1948Adml. Sir William JamesThe influence of sea power upon the history of the British people
1947Air-Marshal Sir Arthur TedderAir power in modern warfare
1946Col. A.H. BurneMilitary strategy as exemplified in World War II
1942Maj. Gen. Sir George LindsayWar on the civil and military fronts
1941Capt. Cyril FallsThe nature of modern warfare
1940Gen. Sir Frederick MauricePublic opinion in war
1939Gen. Sir Archibald WavellGeneralship
1937Gen. Sir Edmund IronsideBritish military history from 1899 to the present
1936C.R.M.F. CruttwellThe role of British strategy in the Great War
1934Air Com. L E O CharltonMilitary aeronautics applied to modern warfare
1933John Buchan (Lord Tweedsmuir)Oliver Cromwell as a soldier
1932Capt. Basil H. Liddell HartThe movement of military thought from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, and its influence on European history
1931Adm. Sir Herbert W. RichmondCapture at sea in war
1930W.W. TarnHellenistic military developments
1929A.R. HinksFrontiers and boundary delimitations
1928Major Gen. Sir George AstonProblems of empire defence
1927Major-Gen. Sir Wilkinson BirdSome early crises of the war, and the events leading up to them: Western Front 1914
1925Major-Gen. Sir Frederick MauriceStatesmen and soldiers in the American civil war
1924Lt.-Col. F. NosworthyRussia before, during and after the Great War
1924Col. M.A. WingfieldThe eight principles of war as exemplified in the Palestine campaign, 1915-1918
1923Col. Maxwell EarleThe principles of war
1922Col. Maxwell EarleThe principle strategical problems affecting the British Empire
1915J.S. CorbettThe Great War after Trafalgar