Flawed, yet Authoritative? Organisational memory and the future of official military history after Chilcot

Hoskins, A. and Ford, M. (2017) Flawed, yet Authoritative? Organisational memory and the future of official military history after Chilcot. British Journal for Military History, 3(2), pp. 119-132.

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Official Military History (OH) is a thorny subject. Despite a century of deploying British service personnel to conflicts all over the world, over the past 100 years the British government has commissioned very few OHs.3 Offering an interpretation of military events that is typically based on early access to otherwise classified data, OH presents an opportunity for the political and military establishment to set out a perspective that aims at legitimacy but is typically criticised as being flawed. In this discussion paper we present the conflicting pressures and expectations that frame the writing of OH and ask whether such an activity will be possible in a world after the controversies associated with the Iraq War Inquiry of 2009-11.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hoskins, Professor Andrew
Authors: Hoskins, A., and Ford, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:British Journal for Military History
Publisher:British Journal for Military History
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in British Journal for Military History 3(2):119-132
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623901Technologies of memory and archival regimes: War diaries before and after the connective turn.Andrew HoskinsArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/L004232/1SS COLLEGE SENIOR MANAGEMENT