Chichele Professor of the History of War

Chichele Professor Of The History Of War

Chichele Professor of the History of War

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One of the statutory Chichele Professorships established at All Souls College, Oxford, this chair was originally established in 1909 as the Chichele Professorship of Military History. In 1923, the History Faculty Board first recommended that the name of the chair be changed to the history of war, but this recommendataion was not implemented until 1946.

List of Professors

  1. Spenser Wilkinson, 1909 - 1923
  2. Sir Ernest Swinton, 1925 - 1939

The Chair was vacant from 1939 to 1943 and suspended between 1943 and 1946, when it was renamed

  1. Cyril Falls, 1946 - 1953
  2. N. H. Gibbs, 1953 - 1977
  3. Sir Michael Howard, 1977 - 1980
  4. Robert J. O'Neill, 1987 - 2000
  5. Hew Strachan, 2001 -


  • John Hattendorf, "The Study of War History at Oxford, 1860-1990" in John B. Hattendorf and Malcolm H. Murfett, eds., The Limitations of Military Power: Essays presented to Professor Norman Gibbs on his eightieth birthday (London, 1990), pp. 3 - 61.

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