Dr Michael Reeve


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


– upcoming conference: intoxicating spaces: global and comparitive perspectives, online, 19-21 July 2021. event programme available here.
– 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.
– Nov 2020: first monograph now under contract with palgrave macmillan: Bombardment, Public Safety and Resilience in English Coastal Communities during the First World War.
– may 2020: Winner of the 2020 Gordon Forster Essay Prize, Northern History.

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.

Michael is a Lecturer in History and Foundation Year at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, and an Academic Skills Tutor at Leeds Beckett University. He also works as a History tutor on the Access to HE History Diploma course at Infused Learning and as an Associate Lecturer in Arts & Humanities at The Open University. 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.

Read Michael’s biography here.