HOWARD, Professor Sir Michael (Eliot) (b 1922)

Scope and Content

A professional autobiography, an account of his life and career, 1922-1989, notably his teaching and researchwork at King's College London, 1947-1968 and Oxford University, 1968-1989, written in 1991.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1922; educated at Christ Church, Oxford; served in Coldstream Guards, 1942-1945; Assistant Lecturer in History, King's College London, 1947; Lecturer, 1950; Lecturer in War Studies, 1953-1961; co-founder of the InternationalInstitute for Strategic Studies, 1957; Professor of War Studies, 1963-1968; Visiting Professor of European History, Stanford University,1967; Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, 1968-1980; Ford's Lecturer in English History, Oxford, 1971; Radcliffe Lecturer, University of Warwick, 1975; Trevelyan Lecturer, Cambridge, 1977; Chichele Professor of History of War, Oxford, 1977-1980; Regius Professor of Modern History and Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, 1980-1989; Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History, Yale University, 1989-93; Emeritus Professor of Modern History, Oxford University since 1989.

Publications: The Coldstream Guards, 1920-1946 (with John Hanbury Angus Sparrow) (Oxford University Press, London, 1951; Disengagement in Europe (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1958); Wellingtonian studies (editor) (Wellington College, Wellington,Somerset, 1959); The Franco-Prussian War (Rupert Hart Davis, London, 1961); The theory and practice of war (editor) (Cassell,London, 1965); The Mediterranean strategy in the Second World War (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1967); Studies in war and peace (Maurice Temple Smith, London, 1970); Grand strategy (Vol 4, Official History of the Second World War, Military Series) (HMSO,London, 1971); The continental commitment (Temple Smith, London, 1972); War in European history (Oxford University Press, London,1976); War and the Liberal conscience (Temple Smith, London, 1978); Restraints on war (editor) (Oxford University Press, London,1979); The causes of war (Maurice Temple Smith, London, 1983); Clausewitz (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1983); Strategic deception in World War Two (Pimlico, London, 1990); The lessons of history (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1991).


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Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Placed in the Centre by Howard in 1991.

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Summary guide entry on-line at, and detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

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Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish originalmaterial should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

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