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Professor Alaric Searle

Professor of Modern European History


I am a historian with research interests in, among other subjects, German, British, Chinese and military history in the 19th and 20th centuries, global history, and the history of military thought. After completing degrees at the University of Edinburgh, I moved to Germany two months before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before my appointment to the University of Salford, I was a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Munich (1998-2001), where I was subsequently a post-doctoral research fellow (2001-5) and Privatdozent (2011-15). I have been a Visiting Scholar at St. John's College, Oxford (2009), an Honorary Fellow at the Historisches Kolleg, Munich (2012) and a Visiting Fellow, Oxford Changing Character of War Programme, Pembroke College, Oxford (2016/17). I have been a member of the Executive Committee of the Arbeitskreis Militärgeschiche since 2007, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of History, Nankai University, Tianjin, PR China, since 2016. 


Modules currently taught: Introduction to Contemporary Military History 1 & 2 (Level 4); Armoured Warfare (Level 5); Theories of War (Level 5); Researching in History (Level 5); The Spanish Civil War (Level 6); European Terrorism since 1945 (M level): Strategic and Security Studies (M Level).

Research Interests

German history; British history; Chinese history; military history since 1500; new approaches to global history; the history of military thought; the study of memoirs and biographies.

Qualifications and Memberships

Habilitation in Modern History (University of Munich)

Dr.phil. in Modern History (Free University Berlin)

M.Phil. in Defence Studies (University of Edinburgh)

MA (Hons.) in History (University of Edinburgh)


Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce

Member, European Network in Universal and Global History

Member, Army Records Society

Member, Arbeitskreis Militärgeschichte

Member, Prince Albert Society

Member, German History Society


Selected Publications


Armoured Warfare: A Military, Political and Global History (London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).

Wehrmacht Generals, West German Society, and the Debate of Rearmament, 1949-1959 (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003).

Edited Books

The Military Papers and Correspondence of Major-General J.F.C. Fuller, 1916-1933 (Stroud: The History Press, 2017), Publications of the Army Records Society, 37.

Genesis, Employment, Aftermath: First World War Tanks and the New Warfare, 1900-1945 (Solihull: Helion, 2015).

Journal Articles

‘J.F.C. Fuller's Assessment of Winston Churchill as Grand Strategist, 1939-45', Global War Studies, 12(3) (December 2015), pp.46-81.

'Inter-Service Debate and the Origins of Strategic Culture: The "Principles of War" in the British Armed Forces, 1919-1939', War in History, 21(1) (January 2014), pp.4-32.

‘A Dynamic and Expanding Discipline? New Trends in German Military History', German History, 31(1) (2013), pp.86-108.

A full list of my publications can be found on my SEEK page.