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Professor Matthew Seligmann

Professor Matthew Seligmann
Divisional Lead / Professor - Politics/History

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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 ten 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)


Divisional Lead for Politics and History

Newest selected publications

Seligmann, M. (2019) 'Widening Horizons: New Directions in the Scholarship on Sea Power and Security'. War in History, 26 (1). pp. 124 - 138. ISSN: 0968-3445

Journal article

Seligmann, M. (2018) 'Rum, Sodomy, Prayers, and the Lash Revisited: Winston Churchill and Social Reform in the Royal Navy, 1900-1915'. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISSN 13: 9780198759973


Seligmann, M. (2018) 'A Service Ready for Total War? The State of the Royal Navy in July 1914'. The English Historical Review, 133 (560). pp. 98 - 122. ISSN: 0013-8266 Open Access Link

Journal article

Seligmann, M. (2017) 'The Greatest Danger to this Country that Exists': German Plans for Commerce Warfare in British Naval Thinking', inBid for World Power? New Research on the Outbreak of the First World War. ISBN 10: 0198792417.

Book chapter

Seligmann, M. (2017) 'Failing to Prepare for the Great War? The Absence of Grand Strategy in British War Planning before 1914'. War in History, 24 (4). pp. 414 - 437. ISSN: 1477-0385 Open Access Link

Journal article
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