The University of Wolverhampton

Staff Profile: Professor Stephen Badsey

Photo Stephen Badsey
Name Professor Stephen Badsey
Title Professor of Conflict Studies
Research Group Centre for Historical Research, Conflict Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Subject Area Conflict Studies
School Social, Historical and Political Studies
Tel. 01902 323458
Address Mary Seacole Building, Nursery Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1AD



Stephen Badsey PhD MA (Cantab.) FRHistS is Professor of Conflict Studies in the Department of History, Politics and War Studies; he is also a member of the Conflict Studies group in the School’s Centre for Military History. He was educated at Cambridge University, made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1995, and joined the University of Wolverhampton in 2007.

He is an internationally acknowledged specialist on military-media issues since the middle 19th Century, including the uses of propaganda. His other research interests include land and air-land warfare since the start of the 19th Century, military thought since the middle 18th Century, the British Army since the middle 19th Century, and the wars of the British Empire and its successors including counterinsurgency. He has published over 100 books and articles on military and media subjects, including counterfactual history and the portrayal of warfare by films and television. He appears frequently on television and in other media as a historian and commentator.

At present he teaches at undergraduate level on the BA War Studies and BSc Armed Forces degrees, including the module on the Battle of Normandy 1944. He also teaches at masters level on the MA Britain and the First World War, MA Second World War, MA Military History and MA Conflict Studies degrees. He is presently supervising doctoral students researching various aspects of the First World War, and modern counterinsurgency. He is Faculty liaison with the RAF Museum Cosford.

Key Publications

  • The British Army in Battle and Its Image 1914-1918,(London: Continuum, 2009)
  • Doctrine and Reform in the British Cavalry 1880-1918,(Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008)
  • Lead Editor with Rob Havers and Mark Grove, The Falklands Conflict Twenty Years On (London: Frank Cass, 2005)
  • Editor, The Media and International Security, (London: Frank Cass, 2000)
  • 'Modern Military Operations and the Media' (Camberley: SCSI, 1994)
  • Co-editor with John Pimlott, The Gulf War Assessed (London: Arms and Armour, 1992)

Recent Publications

  • Beyond Doctrine: A Historical Perspective on the Information Operations Debate in Media-Military Relations,’ in Kendall D. Gott (ed.) The US Army and the Media in Wartime: Historical Perspectives (Fort Leavenworth KA: Combat Studies Institute Press, 2010).
  • ‘Ninety Years On: Recent and Changing Views on the History of the First World War’ in Ashley Ekins (ed), 1918 Year of Victory: The End of the Great War and the Shaping of History (Titirangi NZ: Exisle, 2010).
  • 'Media Management and Media War' (in John Buckley and George Kassimeris (eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare (London: Ashgate, 2010).
  • The Military and the Media: Past and Future (in Jeffrey Grey (ed.) The Military, the Media and Information Warfare. The 2008 Chief of Army Military History Conference (Canberra: Army History Unit, 2009)).
  • 'If It Had Happened Otherwise: First World War Exceptionalism in Counterfactual History' in Jessica Meyer (ed.) The First World War and Popular Culture (London: Brill, 2008)
  • 'Propaganda and the Defence of Empire', in Greg Kennedy (ed.) Imperial Defence: The Old World Order 1856-1956 (London: Routledge, 2007)
  • 'New Wars, New Press, New Country? The British Army, the Expansion of the Empire and the Mass Media 1870-1918,' in Ian F.W.Beckett (ed.) Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research Special Publication No. 16, 2007
  • 'The Boer War (1899-1902) and British Cavalry Doctrine: A Re-Evaluation,' The Journal of Military History, Volume 71, Number 1, January 2007, pages 75-98
  • 'Culture, Controversy, Caen and Cherbourg: The First Week of the Battle, in John Buckley (ed.) The Normandy Campaign 1944: Sixty Years On (London: Routledge, 2006)

Recent Conference Appearances

  • Invited lecturer on the Falklands War at the Center for Military History, National Institute for Defense Studies, Defense Ministry, Tokyo, Japan, November 2011
  • Keynote speaker ‘The Transformation of First World War History,’ 24th IAMHIST Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, July 2011
  • Speaker, ‘Guns and Individuality: Infantry Tactics and Battlefield Heroism 1850-1950’ at the conference on Guns and Identity in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, University of Kent, May 2011
  • Invited Speaker, ‘The Best Use of the Airborne? Normandy 6-12 June 1944,’ US Army Airborne and Special Forces Museum Fayetteville (Fort Bragg) USA, May 2010
  • Speaker, ‘The British Army and the First World War 1914-1918’ as part of the University of Wolverhampton panel on ‘The British Army: Winning the Wars and Losing the History 1899-1945’ at the Society for Military History 77th Annual Meeting ‘Causes Lost and Won,’ Virginia Military Institute USA, May 2010
  • Invited Speaker, ‘Tactics, Myths and Mistakes,’ 110th Anniversary of the Anglo-Boer War International History Conference, Platrand Lodge, Ladysmith, South Africa, January 2010
  • Speaker, Symposium on Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, Falstad Memorial and Human Rights Centre, Trondheim, Norway, June 2009
  • Invited Speaker, ‘The Anglo-Zulu War and British Imperial Defence Policy,’ at the 130th Anniversary Commemoration of the Anglo-Zulu War 1879, Battlefields Country Lodge, Dundee, South Africa, January 2009
  • Invited Speaker, ‘The Last Forgotten Victory’ at the conference on 1918 - The Genesis of Modern Warfare: The Birth of the Royal Air Force and the Hundred Days Campaign, University of Birmingham War Studies Group, Birmingham and West Midland Institute, September 2008
  • Speaker, ‘The Falklands War in Perspective: Politics and Strategy,’ at the Day School on The Falklands War (commemorating its 25th anniversary), Department of Modern History, Birmingham University, June 2007
  • Speaker, ‘Horses, Cavalry and the Creation of the British Expeditionary Force,’ Study Day on The Horse in the Great War, University of Birmingham Centre for First World War Studies, February 2007
  • Speaker, ‘High Command: Authority and Power in the BEF in 1916’ Conference on The Battle of the Somme – 90 Years On, University of Kent, July 2006
  • Keynote speaker to the Canadian 17th Military History Colloquium, University of Western Ontario, May 2006
  • Invited Speaker, ‘Media War and Public Opinion in 2006,’ Tri-Service Conference on Public Opinion, The Media and Defence, Madingley Hall, Cambridge University, April 2006
  • Invited Speaker, ‘Filming the War: The Contemporary Factual Film Record,’ Conference The First World War 1914-1918, Rewley House, Oxford University, March 2006
  • Invited Speaker, ‘Public History,’ Conference on The Future of the First World War, Queen Mary College, London, 2005
  • Invited Speaker, ‘The Role of the Professional Historian’, Conference It May Be History, But Is It True? IAMHist / BUFVC, Imperial War Museum, London, October 2004
  • Invited Speaker ‘The Battlefield and the Conduct of the Battle’, Conference on D-Day: The 60th Anniversary, Christ Church, Oxford University, September 2004
  • Paper in absentia, ‘Living Pictures of the Dead,’ The 7th British Silent Cinema Festival ‘Goodbye To All That: British Silent Cinema and World War One,’ Broadway Nottingham, April 2004
  • Speaker, ‘Hollywood’s View of Future War 1950-2003,’ Conference The History of the Future: Visions from the Past, Leicester University, 2003
  • Invited Speaker, ‘New Roles for the Media’, Conference ‘Taking Stock of Civil-Military Relations,’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, Netherlands, April 2001
  • Invited Speaker, Senior Officer’s Conference ‘The Media and the Armed Forces’, Madingley Hall, Cambridge University, February 2001


  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Army Records Society
  • Battlefields Trust
  • British Commission for Military History
  • British International Studies Association
  • British Scholar Society
  • Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society
  • Indian Military Historical Society
  • International Association for Media and History
  • International Society for First World War Studies
  • Navy Records Society
  • Royal United Services Institute
  • Society for Army Historical Research
  • Society for Military History
  • Western Front Association