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Welcome to the War Studies & Defence Studies Subject Guide

Here you will find the most useful library resources to help you get started with your studies and research.                                                                                                                                                      
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Theses and dissertations

PhD theses submitted at King's are held in the Maughan Library store and can be found on the library catalogue. See how to request store material.

Masters dissertations are not currently held in the Maughan Library. Students should contact the War Studies department office for access to past Masters dissertations.

Theses and dissertations cannot be taken outside the library.

Theses and dissertations from other institutions can be discovered using other databases: On Databases, select the Subject tab. Under Subject select General Resources. Under Sub-category select Theses + Dissertations. Click GO.

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Special Collections and Archives

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
LHCMA 50th Anniversary blog

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives is a leading repository for research into modern defence policy in Britain. The core of this collection is the private papers of over 700 senior defence personnel who held office from 1900 onwards. The Papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart (1895-1970) contain a voluminous amount of material. Particular strengths include colonial India, the training of servicemen, the Western Front in World War One and conflicts in North West Europe during World War Two, such as the campaign in Italy, special forces units, the conflict in Greece, South Asia and elsewhere. More modern conflicts are covered by extensive documentary interview materials. Catalogues and research guides are available, which cover many areas of war study and provide routes into deeper study. A growing body of digitised content is available too. See the LHCMA website for lists of collections, contact details and information for visitors.
Foyle Special Collections Library houses over 150,000 printed works, as well as maps, slides, sound recordings and manuscript material. Its collections, built up over centuries by purchase, gift and bequest, contain many unique items and cover all subject areas. Collections of interest to War Studies include:
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Here is just one example of an item held in Special Collections on this subject:
Great Britain. War Office. The Rhine system.  London, 1943-44. Foyle Special Collections Library