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Professor Matthew Seligmann

Professor Matthew Seligmann
Professor of Naval History

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I Joined Brunel as a Reader in 2012 and became a professor in 2015. I am a specialist on intelligence, threat assessment, security, armaments races and the the origins of modern wars. My main focus is on how the the British government responded to the German challenge in the first decades of the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on the naval competition between the two countries. I have published widely on these topics, including authoring or co-authoring over ten books, many book chapters and numerous articles and reviews. My teaching tends to focus on questions of intelligence, security and conflict, but I am also interested in how we (individually and as societies) fashion a past useful for the purposes of the present.


D.Phil History (Sussex)

M.A.(Hons) History (Edinburgh)


REF Panel for Politics and History

Academic Exchanges and Partnerships

Newest selected publications

Seligmann, M. (2021) '‘The Special Service Squadron of the Royal Marines’: The Royal Navy and Organic Amphibious Warfare Capability before 1914'. Journal of Strategic Studies, 44 (5). pp. 715 - 736. ISSN: 0140-2390 Open Access Link

Journal article

Seligmann, M. (2020) 'Britain and Economic Warfare in German Naval Thinking in the Era of the Great War', in Morgan-Owen, D. and Halewood, L. (eds.) Economic Warfare and the Sea: Grand Strategies for Maritime Powers, 1650-1945. Liverpool UP. pp. 193 - 208. ISBN 10: 1789621593. ISBN 13: 9781789621594.

Book chapter

Seligmann, M. (2019) 'Widening Horizons: New Directions in the Scholarship on Sea Power and Security'. War in History, 26 (1). pp. 124 - 138. ISSN: 0968-3445

Journal article

Seligmann, M. (2018) 'Rum, Sodomy, Prayers, and the Lash Revisited: Winston Churchill and Social Reform in the Royal Navy, 1900-1915'. New York: Oxford University Press. ISSN 13: 9780198759973


Seligmann, M. (2018) 'A Service Ready for Total War? The State of the Royal Navy in July 1914'. The English Historical Review, 133 (560). pp. 98 - 122. ISSN: 0013-8266 Open Access Link

Journal article
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