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Military History Consortium

The Military History Consortium (MHC) connects institutions, academics, and students engaged in the study of warfare and/or military organisations in the past. Its dual aim is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas in order to strengthen international research co-operation and a framework for joint teaching initiatives and programmes. The MHC’s membership is international, and its scope is global. While the consortium’s teaching and research agendas focus on the past, it seeks to address contemporary security challenges and inform related policy debates. It is only the study of war and the military in the past that enables us to understand and contextualise the present and thus prepare for the future.


  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Calgary
  • Stellenbosch University
  • Sciences Po Aix
  • Lancaster University

The MHC aims to:

  • organise an annual conference, which is held by its members on a rotating basis, and provides a welcoming platform for early career researchers;
  • host regular online research seminars for postgraduate research students;
  • develop a handbook on the global history of warfare and military organisations, jointly edited and authored by the MHC membership.

MHC Conference

The MHC will be holding its first annual conference on 7/8 June 2024 at Lancaster University, and has launched the Call for Papers.

MHC Conference Call for Papers

MHC Seminar Programme

The MHC runs a series of online seminars bringing together doctoral students and established scholars from across the consortium. Below you will find information on upcoming and past seminars. To attend a seminar, please register your interest using the form below.

Register to attend MHC events

The second MHC Graduate Workshop was held online on Tuesday 26 September 2023 (the programme and abstracts can be downloaded below).

Download MHC Workshop abstracts_26 September 2023

The first MHC online seminar was held on 15 March 2023 (the programme and abstracts can be downloaded below).

Download MHC Seminar Programme and Abstracts_15 March 2023

To enquire about attending MHC events or register to attend a particular seminar, please fill in the form below. 

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