About the Centre

The Centre for the Study of War, State, and Society was established in 2005, to provide a forum for staff and postgraduates in a number of disciplines linked by their shared interest in the impact of war on society. The Centre supports research and postgraduate teaching on the effects of armed conflict on states, societies and cultures throughout history and seeks to attract external research funding for innovative research that explores themes of warfare and societal transformation.

The Centre's official launch was marked by a roundtable discussion – 'Where is the History of Warfare Going?' – with Sir Michael Howard, the distinguished military historian who was founder of the UK's first War Studies Department at King's College, London, and who subsequently held professorships at Oxford and Yale.

The Centre brings together a number of internationally renowned academics at the University of Exeter, working in related fields of the social history of war, military advance and social change, conflicts of decolonisation, and war in international politics. The Centre builds on the University's reputation for high quality research in military and naval history, area studies, and politics. Based in the Department of History, it also draws on the wider expertise of staff in the College of Humanities and the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, and aims to build further interdisciplinary links with researchers in the Departments of Politics and Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, and members of staff from the University's Penryn Campus.

Staff work on a broad range of issues, linked by their common interest in war as an agent of social, political and cultural change. Centre research of all types – historical or contemporary, political or cultural – explores inter-relationships between warfare and social change. The work conducted thus has powerful contemporary relevance.

The Centre is forging ties with the Modern European History Research Centre at Oxford University and Glasgow University's Global Security Network. We welcome links with other research centres working in related areas.