Preliminary reading list for new students

Students of the following courses should plan to read the first few books (at least) before your arrival at University, and the rest of them before the end of your first semester.

Some short and well-written books to help you into the subject:

  • Michael Howard, War in European History
  • Michael Howard, Clausewitz (Past Masters Series)
  • Charles Guthrie and Michael Quinlan, Just War
  • Lawrence Freedman, War (Oxford Readers Series)

For the study of history and how it is approached:

  • John Tosh, The Pursuit of History

Some books dealing with themes and topics:

  • David French, The British Way in Warfare 1688-2000
  • Jeremy Black, The Age of Total War
  • Brian Bond, The Pursuit of Victory
  • John Stone, Military Strategy
  • Ian Beckett, Modern Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies
  • John Buckley, Airpower in the Age of Total War
  • Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars
  • John Keegan, The Face of Battle
  • Richard Holmes, Firing Line

Finally, a case-book of analytical chapters on specific matters: 

  • George Kassimeris and John Buckley (eds), The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare

Further information on studying War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.

Should you have any queries about this reading list please do not hesitate to contact the School office team, email: or call: 01902 322 484.