PhD MA BA(Hons) AFHEA, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS)
Award-winning Social & Cultural Historian | Researcher | Lecturer
Modern War & Conflict | Civilian & Military Resilience | Imperial Culture
– new blog for the port towns & urban cultures project: ‘A war in the air and on the coast’. read here.
– dec 2021: michael’s first book is out now with palgrave macmillan (springer). bombardment, public safety and resilience in english coastal communities during the first world war can be ordered here.
– Dec 2021: Michael is featured in the channel 4 documentary series, britain by beach, presented by anita rani. view the episode on all 4 here.
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.