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 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. 

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


  • 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