Professor Alaric Searle

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

Crescent House 205A

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Current positions

Professor of Modern European History


I am a historian with research interests in, among other subjects, German, British, Chinese military, international and visual history, as well as the history of military thought. I hold degrees from the University of Edinburgh (MA (Hons.), M.Phil.), the Free University of Berlin (doctorate), the University of Munich (Habilitation), and the University of Salford (D.Litt.). Before my appointment to the University of Salford, I taught in the Department of History, University of Munich, where I was subsequently a post-doctoral researcher. I have been a Visiting Scholar at St John’s College, Oxford (2009), an Honorary Fellow at the Historisches Kolleg, Munich (2012), a Visiting Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford (2016/17); I was also Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of History, Nankai University, Tianjin, PRC (2016-19).

I am also Research Group Lead, Politics and Contemporary History, Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre

Areas of research

Area Studies, European History, Military History, Chinese History, Strategic Studies


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


  • D.Litt. in History (University of Salford)
  • 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, Army Records Society
  • Member, Arbeitskreis Militärgeschichte
  • Member, German History Society