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Professor Matthew Seligmann

Professor Matthew Seligmann
Professor of Naval History & Divisional Lead

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I spent my first eighteen years living and working in London before deciding to follow my passion and study history. I was an undergraduate at the universities of Edinburgh and Pennsylvania, before completing a doctorate at Sussex under the supervision of Professor John Röhl, the world’s foremost authority on Kaiser Wilhelm II. Since then, I have worked mostly on Anglo-German relations and the causes of wars and have authored or co-authored nine books and numerous articles on these topics. I joined Brunel as Reader in History in September 2012 after many years of lecturing at the University of Northampton.


  • DPhil History (Sussex)
  • MA (Hons) History (Edinburgh)

Newest selected publications

Seligmann, M. (2016) 'The Evolution of a Warship Type: The Role and Function of the Battle Cruiser in Admiralty Plans on the Eve of the First World War', inStrategy and the Sea Essays in Honour of John B. Hattendorf. Boydell & Brewer. pp. 138 - 147. ISBN 10: 1783270985.

Book chapter

Seligmann, M. (2016) 'A Great American Scholar of the Royal Navy? The Disputed Legacy of Arthur Marder Revisited'. International History Review. ISSN: 0707-5332 Open Access Link

Journal article

Seligmann, M. (Accepted) 'Review of P.G. Pattee, At war in distant waters: British colonial defence in the great war'. First World War Studies, 5 (3). pp. 349 - 350. ISSN: 1947-5039

Journal article
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