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Centre for War and Diplomacy

Confronting today's challenges through the study of the past


The Centre for War and Diplomacy provides the historical context and strategic analysis to inform understanding of today's geopolitical challenges. Based in the Department of History at Lancaster University, it promotes discussion across disciplines through research, teaching, consultancy and public events.

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The CWD brings together colleagues from a variety of disciplines – from History to the Digital Humanities, Politics, English Literature and the Creative Arts – and welcomes non-resident and visiting fellows from across the world. It also supports a flourishing postgraduate community.

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The CWD investigates war and diplomatic relations between states past and present, from defence policy and the transformation of armed forces, to diplomatic actors and the role of ideas in diplomacy, the relationship between conflict and heritage, and post-colonial security.

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MA International and Military History

From the rise and fall of great powers to the treatment of non-combatants, from diplomacy and peace-making to strategy and doctrine, and from wars of propaganda to weaponry and intelligence, explore the major themes of international and military history from the ancient world to today.  

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Based in the historic north-west of England and embracing a global perspective, the CWD works with partners regionally, nationally and internationally to develop innovative research, teaching and discussion in the fields of historical and contemporary conflict and relations between states.

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The Merriman Essay Prize

The Merriman Prize (named in honour of Lancaster’s Dr Marcus Merriman) is awarded for an outstanding undergraduate essay on any topic in the fields of international and/or military history from the ancient world to the present day. Offered by the Department of History in partnership with the Centre for War and Diplomacy at Lancaster University, it is open to current undergraduates at any UK or overseas university.

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