For anyone researching the cultural history of modern warfare in Britain, these are a few of my favourite books on the subject:

Acton, Carol. Grief in Wartime. Private Pain, Public Discourse. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007.

Bet-El, Ilana R. Conscripts. Forgotten Men of the Great War. Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 1999.

Bourke, Joanna. Dismembering the Male. Men’s Bodies, Britain and the Great War. London: Reaktion, 1999.

Francis, Martin. The Flyer. British Culture and the Royal Air Force, 1939-1945. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Fussell, Paul. The Great War and Modern Memory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975.

Roper, Michael. The Secret Battle. Emotional Survival in the Great War. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009.

Thomson, Alistair. Anzac Memories: Living with the Legend. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Waxman, Zoe. Writing the Holocaust. Identity, Testimony, Representation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.


The archives I use most in my research are:

The Department of Documents and the Sound Archive at the Imperial War Museum in London.

The Liddle Collection at the University of Leeds.

The Second World War Experience Centre in West Yorkshire.

The National Archives at Kew in London.

The archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.


The following podcasts also often include the cultural history of modern warfare:

The First World War Centenary podcasts produced by the Imperial War Museum.

History Extra, produced by the BBC History Magazine.

Dan Snow’s History Hit

The World Service’s Witness series: history as told by the people who were there.