Dr Michael Reeve

PhD MA BA(Hons) AFHEA, Early Career Member of the Royal Historical Society

Award-winning Social & Cultural Historian | Researcher | Lecturer
Modern War & Conflict | Civilian & Military Resilience | Imperial Culture


– Nov 2021: new publication in the ‘war through other stuff’ special edition of critical military studies. read more here.
– upcoming event: online talk at the royal armouries, ‘civil defence in the first world war’, 26 jan 2022. book now.
– april 2021: chapter in edited collection, redcoats to tommies: the experience of the british soldier from the eighteenth century (eds. kevin linch & matthew lord), released by boydell & brewer, OUT NOW. order here. see my publications HERE.

Michael in Naples, Italy, 2020Introduction

Michael Reeve is a social and cultural historian, interested in modern war and conflict, particularly military and civilian resilience. His current work is primarily concerned with responses to the threat of enemy attack on the home front during the First World War (1914-18), utilising a social and cultural approach to a wide array of primary sources, from government memoranda and plans, to printed postcards, film, landscapes and material objects.

For more information on Michael’s research outputs, click here.

A concurrent strand is the social-psychological function and cultural significance of smoking for soldiers at the front and civilians at home, where tobacco becomes a means to steel resolve in the face of attack and to stave off pre-attack anxieties. Michael also has broader research interests and teaching experience in the social and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Britain and Europe, including labour and communist history, the Second World War, the Cold War, consumption and the British empire.

Since August 2021, Michael has worked as a full-time Lecturer in History at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. In April 2020, Michael joined the relaunched committee of History Lab Plus, a network for Early Career Researchers based at the Institute of Historical Research, London. His first monograph, Bombardment, Public Safety and Resilience in English Coastal Communities during the First World War, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in late 2021.

Read Michael’s biography here.