Forum for Studies on War
In several Faculties, Schools and Departments at the University of Reading, research is being conducted on topics relating to war. Professor Colin Gray in the School of Politics & International Relations heads a Centre for Strategic Studies at the School of Politics & International Relations with many different activities.
In the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, there are:
- Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe, 1940-1945' (project funded by AHRC: co-investigator Professor Andrew Knapp).
- Languages at War: policies and practices of language contacts in conflict' (project funded by AHRC: Principal investigator Professor Hilary Footitt).
- An inter-faculty project on The Liberal Way of War (funded by Leverhulme) is run by Professor Alan Cromartie from within the School of Politics and International Relations.
- An international research project on National Styles in Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies is run by Professor Beatrice Heuser jointly with Professor Efraim Inbar and Dr Eitan Shamir of the University of Bar Ilan, Israel.
Special Event on The First World War
Tuesday 3rd December 2013
A reassessment, on the eve of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
- Professor William Philpott, War Studies, King's College London
- Professor Jack E Spence, OBE, UK Defence Academy
URS, Small Lecture Theatre, 4.00 - 6.00 pm
For more information contact Dr Athena S Leoussi email@example.com
1981 NATO Exercise for World War III
Documentary to be broadcast on 14th December 2013 at 14:30 on BBC Radio 4 Click here to listen
In the BBC Radio 4 Series "Document" Professor Beatrice Heuser will be discussing with colleagues the significance of a series of documents released by the UK National Archives on the Cold War NATO Exercise WINTEX-CIMEX 1981. The scripts of the exercise as it was played by government officials and high-ranking officers (simulating actual wartime decision making) are re-enacted. The exercise simulated NATO and member state government responses to a scenario of Warsaw Treaty Organisation forces invading, first, Yugoslavia, and then attacking NATO territory in several places, including Norway, along the Central Front, Turkey, and with air attacks, the United Kingdom itself. The exercise went up to the authorisation of nuclear use by NATO involving between 10 and 20 weapons. British intelligence estimated (rightly) that the Warsaw Pact exercised responding with 250-300 weapons launched at targets in NATO Europe, that is 250 or more times an atomic explosion several times the strength of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. These documents are a thrilling reminder that the Cold War might have culminated in World War III, had it come to an all-out nuclear exchange, wiping out most life in Europe, and in any case wreaking destruction.
If you want to know more about the exercise, download the attached PDFs:
- Heuser: 'Warsaw Pact Military Doctrines in the 70s and 80s: Findings in the East German Archives', Comparative Strategy Vol. 12 No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1993), pp. 437-457. Download PDF
- Heuser: 'Victory in a Nuclear War? A Comparison of NATO and WTO War Aims and Strategies', Contemporary European History Vol. 7 Part 3 (November 1998), pp. 311-328. Download PDF
- Heuser: 'The Soviet response to the Euromissile crisis, 1982-83', in Leopoldo Nuti (ed): The Crisis of Détente in Europe: From Helsinki to Gorbachev, 1975-1985 (London: Routledge, 2008), ISBN 978-0415460514, pp. 137-149. Download PDF
25 March 2013, National Army Museum, London
A one-day conference is organised by Professor Beatrice Heuser of the Department of Politics & International Relations, UoR, and Dr Alastair Massie of the National Army Museum on:
The Origins and Transformation of Small Wars (to 1815):
from Special Operations to Ideologically-Driven Insurgencies
Proceedings forthcoming in Small Wars and Insurgencies (special issue, end 2013).
Prof Andy Knapp and Claudia Baldoli Forgotten Blitzes: France and Italy under Allied Air Attack. blogs.reading/FranceUnderAlliedAirAttack
Between 5 and 12 September 1944, RAF Bomber Command dropped 9,615 tons of high explosive and 175 tons of incendiaries on the German-occupied port of Le Havre, killing over 2,000 French civilians. This photograph shows the town centre in January 1945. Archives Municipales du Havre, Fonds et Photo Fernez. All Rights Reserved.
Adrian Bell, Anne Curry and Andy King & David Simpkin: The Soldier in later medieval England. (Oxford University Press, 2013)
Beatrice Heuser: Penser la Stratégie: de l'Antiquité à nos jours (Paris : Picard, 2013)
Beatrice Heuser: Rebellen, Partisanen, Guerilleros: Asymmetrische Kriege von der Antike bis heute (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoeningh, 2013)