[Cross posted at Birmingham “On War”]
For a project at uni I have been set an interesting academic task. I have got to come up with a list of influential historians who have been critical to the development of the field. In the end I need a list of about 20 but at the moment I have come up with a preliminary list of 10. Some of these may be contentious, for example, why have I picked Laughton over Mahan or Corbett? Well I have done this on purpose in order to generate some discussion. You will also notice that the list is Eurocentric and is missing historians from the medieval and early modern period. Who would be key in these periods? Does the like of Vitalis’ The Ecclesiastical History, which contains tracts on the Crusades, count? Is he influential?
I am interested in hearing other peoples opinions so please chime in. The key criterion is why the person you choose is influential. Hopefully there will be some interesting choices. I should add I am thinking about the history of war in its broad context of military, social, economic, political and cultural perspectives.
- Hans Delbruck
- Sir Michael Howard
- Arthur Marwick
- Alan Milward
- John Knox Laughton
- Richard Overy
- J F C Fuller
- Philip Meilinger
So who do you think is influential?