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Christopher Phillips

Dr Christopher Phillips


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Education / Academic qualification

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Birmingham

  • Master of Arts, University of Birmingham

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Leeds

Teaching and Administration

Modules taught within BA (Hons) History include:

History and the Media: Reporting Crisis

The Historian's Craft

Introduction to Modern World History

Dissertations and Research Reports

Modules taught within MA Victorian Studies include:

Victorian Identities


Dr Christopher Phillips is a historian of Victorian and early twentieth-century Britain, with a particular interest in the interrelationships between the army, government, and major businesses of the period. His doctoral thesis, completed in April 2015, considered the role of civilian transport experts in the development of the British Army's logistical response to the First World War in Europe. Entitled 'Managing Armageddon: the science of transportation and the British Expeditionary Force, 1900-1918', Christopher's research was awarded the Donald Coleman Prize in May 2016 by the Association of Business Historians.

Christopher has had work published in the peer-reviewed journals War & Society and the British Journal for Military History, and has provided book reviews for War in History. He is currently working on a monograph based upon his doctoral thesis, and upon a chapter considering the changing nature of supply on the Western Front in 1916, for The British Army on the Western Front 1916, edited by Spencer Jones, to be published by Helion in 2017. In addition to his written output, in 2014 Christopher acted as an academic consultant on the BBC television series Railways of the Great War. In this role he discussed the wartime career of Sir Eric Geddes in on-screen interviews with Michael Portillo. Christopher has also contributed to The Historian, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography1914-1918online, and a podcast for the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme.

Christopher is the social media manager for the British Journal for Military History, an associate member of the British Commission for Military History, a member of the Royal Historical Society and currently serves on the Council of the Association of Business Historians. He is also a founding member and part of the steering committee for the AHRC-funded First World War Network, a national network for postgraduate and early career researchers interested in any aspect of the First World War. From January 2017, Christopher has been co-convening a seminar series on Transport and Mobility History at the Institute for Historical Research in London.