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Staff Profile

Dr Graeme Callister

Senior Lecturer in History and War Studies

I am Senior Lecturer in History and War Studies, specialising in conflict, policy, and public opinion in Western Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I also have an interest in civil-military relations since the early modern period. I joined York St John University in 2014, having completed my PhD at the University of York.

My first book, 'War, Public Opinion and Policy in Britain, France and the Netherlands, 1785-1815', was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. I am currently co-authoring a second book, 'Battle: Understanding Conflict from Hastings to Helmand', which is due to appear in 2022.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Teaching

My teaching focuses primarily on Britain and Europe from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Modules include:

  • War and Society
  • European Revolutions
  • The Face of Battle
  • A United Kingdom? Britain 1707-1837
  • European History, 1750-1850
  • Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain
  • People and Power
  • Social Transformations. 

Research

My primary research interests lie in Europe of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. My PhD thesis looked at the interaction of public opinion and foreign policy in Britain, France, and the Netherlands during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Empire, and I have an interest in questions of power, political culture, and diplomatic relations in the 1700s and 1800s. I also have an interest in civil-military relations since the early modern period, and have published on military conscription in apartheid South Africa. I am currently researching Anglo-European relations in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with a focus on the period of the Napoleonic Wars.

Publications

Books

War, Public Opinion and Policy in Britain, France and the Netherlands, 1785-1815 (Cham: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017)

Forthcoming: Battle: Understanding Conflict from Hastings to Helmand (Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2022), co-authored

Articles

‘Britain’s Continental Connection and the Peace of Amiens: a Reassessment’, International History Review, DOI: 10.1080/07075332.2021.1972027

‘Britain’s Not-so-Grand Strategy: The Projected Expedition Against the Texel, 1796’, Academia Letters (2021), DOI: 10.20935/AL3049

‘The City and the Revolutionary Dutch Nation, 1780-1800’, Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies, Vol. 36, No. 3 (November 2012), 228-43.

‘Patriotic Duty or Resented Imposition? Public Reactions to Military Conscription in White South Africa, 1952-1972’, Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies, Vol. 35, No. 1 (July 2007), 46-67.

Forthcoming:

‘Using Official Correspondence for Primary Research’, SAGE/Adam Matthews Digital Research Methods for Primary Sources

‘Napoleonic Conscription in Indre-et-Loire’, British Journal for Military History

‘Public Opinion, National Character, and the Failed British Defence of the Netherlands, 1793-95’, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol. 32, No. 4 (December 2021)

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