Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts


Andrew Roberts is an honorary senior scholar at and has a PhD from Caius College, Cambridge. He is a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department of King’s College, London, and the Lehrman Distinguished Fellow at the New York Historical Society. His thirteen books include Salisbury: Victorian Titan (1999), which won the Wolfson History Prize and the James Stern Silver Pen Award; Masters and Commanders (2010), which won the Emery Reves Prize; and The Storm of War (2012), which won the British Army Military Book of the Year Award. His latest book, Napoleon: A Life (Penguin), appeared in October 2014 and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, where he is presently chairman of the judging panel for its Military Book of the Year Prize. His website is at

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Military Fiction

Life and Fate: A Novel, by Vassily Grossman (1988)

by Andrew Robertsvia Classics of Military History
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

If War and Peace was the greatest novel to arise from the War of 1812, Vassily Grossman’s Life and Fate is its equivalent for the Russo-German struggle that started with Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa in June 1941 and was only to end with his suicide in April 1945.

Period Military History

The Campaigns of Napoleon, by David G. Chandler ([1966] 1967)

by Andrew Robertsvia Classics of Military History
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Although David Chandler’s The Campaigns of Napoleon was written nearly half a century ago, it remains the standard work on the subject and represents a monumental work of scholarship.

Poster Collection, US 06780, Hoover Institution Archives.
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Surgical Strike

by Andrew Robertsvia Strategika
Monday, July 27, 2015

A series of recent controversies have brought to the fore the central question of how much military protocols need to be updated, on both sides of the Atlantic, to accommodate social and political agendas.

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A Lesson Of Waterloo

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo—perhaps the most significant battle in European history—is already being celebrated, despite the crescendo not coming until the anniversary itself, Thursday, June 18th. The sheer number of events taking place connected to the commemorations is astonishing, and not just in the victorious countries.

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Civilization In The Crossfire

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A media that has generally consigned the advances of ISIS in Iraq and Syria to its inside pages and minor news reports, has suddenly been forced to give them full prominence, not because of the thousands of deaths that ISIS is causing but rather the threat it poses to the splendid urban architecture of Zenobia’s surviving jewel of a city, Palmyra.

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Propaganda On Parade

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

There can hardly be a more direct connection between military history and current affairs than over the celebration of the 70th anniversary of V-E Day in Russia on May 9. Vladimir Putin attempted to use the huge commemorations to promote the Russian armed forces, criticize the United States, sabre-rattle against Ukraine, cement alliances with rivals and opponents of the West, and generally to stoke up Russian hyper-nationalism.

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Turkey’s Inglorious Past

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The centenary of the start of the “Meds Yeghern” (Great Calamity)—the Turkish genocide against the minority Armenian Christian population of the Ottoman Empire—has come at an awkward time for the government of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Taylor Jones cartoon

From Drones to Zeppelins

by Andrew Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Conventional forces will always be relevant, while dazzling new weaponry may quickly become obsolete.

Background EssayAnalysis and Commentary

Just the Start of an Age-Old Conflict?

by Andrew Robertsvia Strategika
Monday, September 1, 2014

In a fascinating appendix to his history of guerilla warfare, Invisible Armies, the military historian Max Boot displays an extraordinarily comprehensive database of the 443 military insurgencies that have taken place globally since 1775. The earliest of these that is still ongoing is the Kachi and Karen tribes’ struggle against Burma, which started in 1948. Second comes the FARC/ELN/EPL/M-19 narco-insurgency against the government of Colombia, which started in 1963.

Spanish Civil War from an anarchist art album

Strategika: “A History of Surprise: War and Unpredictability” with Andrew Roberts

by Andrew Robertsvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Why Armed Conflict Never Goes according to Plan