About the Authors
MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE SCENES
ZACK WHITE (Website Creator and 'Editor-in-Chief')
Zack is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Southampton. He graduated with First Class Honours in History from Southampton in 2013, and then swiftly completed his Masters, followed by a PGCE. Having spent a number of successful years as a secondary school teacher of History, Politics and Citizenship, Zack has now returned to academia to complete a PhD, after being awarded Southampton University’s Archival Scholarship.
Zack is a keen advocate of making history accessible and engaging for the public, working on commemorative projects to mark the bi-centenaries of both the Battle of Salamanca (in 2012) and the Battle of Waterloo (in 2015), receiving the Wellington Prize in 2013 for his work. Zack has published twice in history journals, is a reviewer for the publishing company Pen and Sword, is Post-Graduate Liaison and Social Media Officer for the British Commission of Military History. He is also the founding editor of the interdisciplinary 19th Century research journal Romance, Revolution and Reform.
Zack’s wider interest is in the social elements of conflict and the impact of war on both the ordinary soldier and civilian. He is currently researching military discipline during the Napoleonic Wars, exploring the way in which discipline was maintained, and examining whether the military courts truly delivered justice.
ZACK WHITE (Wesbsite Creator & Editor-in-Chief)
PHOEBE STYLE (Deputy Editor)
Phoebe Style is a postgraduate student, currently studying MA History at the University of Southampton. Phoebe graduated with Upper Second Class Honours in History, also from the University of Southampton, and decided to pursue a Masters to continue researching sexual violence in the military. At undergraduate, her dissertation, entitled 'Women Writing War: media and the militarisation of women', looked at female correspondents in the Vietnam War and the normalisation of sexual violence in the US military.
Phoebe's interest in the Napoleonic Wars stems from her study of 18th-20th century conflicts during her time as an undergrad, where she preferred to focus on social and cultural histories. Her current research interests include gender, sexuality and race, looking at portrayals and perceptions of women, femininity, and masculinity in times of conflict.
As part of her Masters, Phoebe is currently doing two projects: one looking at rape as a weapon of war in the Yugoslavian conflicts of the 1990s, and another on post-1967 cyber-warfare, focusing on matters of national and international security. Recently, Phoebe has joined the Social Media Relations Sub-Committee for the British Commission of Military History.
PHOEBE STYLE (Deputy Editor)
LOUIS JEFFRIES (Assistant Editor)
Louis Jeffries is an MA History student at the University of Southampton, specializing in 19th Century and Military History. Louis has a strong interest in the Napoleonic Wars and the career of Wellington, and volunteers on a weekly basis at the Royal Green Jackets Museum in Winchester, where he assists in the preservation, archiving and presentation of material and artefacts.
Graduating with First Class Honours in History in 2017, Louis has continued to pursue qualifications towards his intended career in academia, and has submitted a PhD proposal which aims to examine the life and career of Helmuth Moltke the Elder (1800-1891) Louis is highly interested in examining developments to warfare, and how these were perceived and reacted to by commanders, and assessing how far individuals shaped war across the centuries; essentially examining warfare in relation to the history of ideas, but prevalently researching along themes of military innovation and change.
Louis’s interest in the Napoleonic Wars focus more on the ‘social’ aspects of the war- how people reacted to its glories and horrors, memorialised, sentimentalised and commemorated actions and individuals, and how experiences presented avenues for innovations in strategy and tactics from individuals. Louis also serves as Editor of the Southampton University Undergraduate History Journal, the first of its kind in the U.K., which enjoyed its first publication last year, and has also assisted in convening a MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) run by the University, entitled ‘Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo’, available via the platform FutureLearn.
LOUIS JEFFRIES (Assistant Editor)
Ellena is a Third Year History Undergraduate at the University of Southampton specialising in Modern History. She has studied the making of modern America from 1865, American Foreign relations since the inception of the Republic, Britain in the 1960s, and German Jewish refugees after the Holocaust. She intends to complete her MA before pursuing a career in historical research.
Ellena’s research reflects her wider interest in the history of expansionism and global foreign relations. She is drawing on her knowledge in this field within her work on the Napoleonic era. She is particularly interested in how the Napoleonic Wars, which are often believed to have been a European conflict, impacted on the British Empire, and the role that they played in accelerating the development of the fledgling USA. She is particularly exploring the importance of the Louisiana purchase in 1803, and the role of the War of 1812 in the USA’s emergence as a global, independent power.
Ewan is a first year History undergraduate at the University of Southampton. Within the historical sphere Ewan has focussed his interests upon military history as well as the British Empire.
Ewan prefers to look at Military History from a more precise level rather than the ‘armchair general’ approach. Through the evaluation of individual soldiers and their units he believes we can develop a much more personal understanding of Military History, seeing how the individual both effected the cause of battle and was affected by the battle.
Jacqueline Reiter received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2006. Her thesis, supervised by Boyd Hilton, focused on the role of national defence in British political debate over the period of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
After several years as a legal librarian, she returned to historical research after the birth of her two children. She is particularly interested in the interplay between military strategy and political policy during the Napoleonic Wars. Her first book, The Late Lord: the Life of John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham (Pen and Sword, 2017), was described as “entertaining and perceptive … a model biography” by Rory Muir, and illuminated the political and military career of Pitt the Younger’s elder brother. Her articles have appeared in History Today and the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, and she has blogged for the History of Parliament.
She has co-written a chapter with John Bew on British war aims for the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars, and is currently writing a book on Sir Home Riggs Popham and his impact on military decision-making.
Lucy is an undergraduate student studying Modern History and Politics at the University of Southampton. Her research interests centre around the history of modern Europe (post-1750) with emphasis on military and diplomatic history, particularly in relation to Britain, France and Russia. She has recently been looking into how conflicts during the long nineteenth century impacted upon life in Britain, as well as how they changed the political layout of Europe and its relations with the rest of the world.
Gavin is currently completing a Masters in The History of Warfare at King’s College London, which is part funded by the Bowyer’s Scholarship. In 2018 he graduated from the University of Birmingham where he achieved a First Class Honours degree.
Gavin has a particular interest in the conduct of the British Army and its adherence to the customs of war during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. He is also currently researching the influence of this conflict on the American Civil War. In June 2019 he is presenting a paper at the University of Leeds which will demonstrate the unique American perception of violence and conflict prior to 1861.
At undergraduate level, Gavin completed a dissertation that analysed the Abercromby-Christian expedition to the West Indies during the French Revolutionary Wars. His Masters dissertation focuses on the British siege and storm of San Sebastian during the Peninsular War.