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Vol 5 No 1 (2019)
Bronagh McAtasney
Published: 2019-07-22
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The British Journal for Military History (BJMH) is the scholarly journal of the British Commission for Military History (BCMH) established in support of the Commission’s Object, to ‘promote through research, publication and discussion the understanding of military history in the broadest sense, without restriction as to period or region.’  The BJMH is entirely owned by the BCMH.  The BJMH is a pioneering Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that brings high quality scholarship in military history to an audience beyond academia. 

ISSUE 5.1 PUBLISHED 22ND JULY 2019

Issue 5.1 of the BJMH was published on 22nd July 2019 and is available here.

 

NEW EDITORIAL TEAM

Following a period of hiatus in 2018, a new Editorial Team took over in February 2019, centred on Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, working alongside colleagues in the USA and Japan, and drawing on expertise from British Commission for Military History members.  The Editorial Team is listed here.  Questions about the journal should be directed to the co-editors: editor@bcmh.org.uk

 

EXPANDED EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD ANNOUNCED

17th June 2019 (updated 20th June 2019)

The Co-editors of the British Journal for Military History are pleased to announce a new Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) for the journal.  The previous EAB consisted of twenty-six members, all based in the UK and predominantly (though far from exclusively) specialists in nineteenth and twentieth century history.  Those involved were all very significant figures, carrying out exciting work in the field and we are delighted that so many of them have agreed to continue on the new EAB. 

However, we wanted to broaden the chronological scope of the Board and the types of subjects covered, and we wanted to internationalise the Board.  We also noted that only five of the twenty-six EAB members (19%) were women.  We were concerned about that as we felt it did not reflect the balance of those involved in military history research today, especially in newer and/or more broadly defined aspects of the discipline.  There is a risk that the BJMH would miss an opportunity to create new networks in the discipline.  At worst, such an imbalance risks perpetuating views of military history among non-specialists which are inaccurate and do not serve the discipline well in wider academia.

Consequently, we have massively expanded our Board so that it now includes 78 people, all significant figures in a broad definition of military history and the subject areas with which it should interact.  We now have experts based beyond the UK in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, and the USA.  Our chronological scope now has much broader coverage of medieval and early modern history, and the geographic spread of expertise is broader, especially as regards non-European countries.  The subjects covered are much wider, with the addition of experts working on, for example, cultural aspects of military history and areas such as commemoration, gender, colonialism and race.  We are pleased to have made further direct connections with those who work directly with militaries on studying military history.  This was already strongly established for the UK, but we have now made links with the US Army War College, US Air Force School for Advanced Air and Space Studies, the Bundeswehr’s Centre for Military History and Social Sciences, and the United Service Institution of India.  Many new EAB members would not define themselves primarily (or in some cases at all) as military historians, but work in adjacent fields often on themes of conflict, politics and society with which military history can and should engage closely.  Note also that slightly more than half of the EAB members now are women.

In time, we hope that this new EAB will have a significant influence on the work of the BJMH and the wider Commission, and we look forward to seeing a range of exciting new subjects come before us for peer review.

The full list of the new EAB is available here.