Michael Eliot Howard 1980-1989
His approach has been to see the conduct of war as an emanation of deep cultural and social structures, as much as political history and military technology. This holistic perspective informs his works The Franco-Prussian War (1961), War in European History (1976) amongst others.
Although several of his predecessors in the chair had seen military service, Howard is the only one to have drawn directly on this experience in his academic work. He by no means glorified warfare, but as an ubiquitous facet of human culture, and a momentous one at that, he argues that it is something that demands the historian’s attention.