Dr Alex Mayhew

Dr Alex Mayhew

LSE Fellow

LSE100

Office Hours
Mon 14:30-15:30 (KSW.3.01)
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Languages
English
Key Expertise
First World War Studies, Modern British History, Interdisciplinary History

About me

I am a historian of the cultural, military, and social history of war. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I began my fellowship with LSE100 after completing my PhD in the Department of International History in December 2018 (where I was an LSE PhD Studentship holder). My thesis – Making Sense of the Western Front: English Infantrymen’s Morale and Perception of Crisis during the Great War – was supervised by Professor Heather Jones (now UCL) and Professor David Stevenson. In 2017, it was awarded a prestigious international scholarship by the Historial de la Grande Guerre, France. My work straddles military and cultural history but is also highly interdisciplinary. It engages with a broad array of theory from anthropology, behavioural economics, psychology, and sociology as it unpicks soldiers’ morale. Broadly, my research looks to understand combatant’s mentalities and explores how the environment, social groups, and their psychologies interwove to inform their frames of reference and perceptions of crisis. I am currently preparing this for publication. Elsewhere, I have published and presented about various aspects of military history, popular culture, and national identity. My next project will shift its perspective to look at similar issues in the British Army during the Second World War. I have taught a variety of topics across history and the social sciences and also work as a consultant curriculum developer. As well as my responsibilities with LSE100, during the 2020-21 academic year I will also be teaching HY120: Historical Approaches to the Modern World.  

Awards

LSE Class Teacher Award (2017)

Bourse Gerda Henkel du Centre International de Recherche de l’Historial de la Grande Guerre (2017)

LSE PhD Scholarship (2014-2018)

Brewer Prize for Modern History, King’s College London (2013)

Publications

‘Historiography 1918 – Today (Great Britain)’, 1914-18 Online: International Encyclopaedia of the First World War [Awaiting Publication]

‘A War Imagined: Postcards and the Maintenance of Long Distance Relationships during the First World War’War in History (OnlineFirst, November 2019)

Hopes of Victorious Peace: Morale and Perceptions of the Future on the Western Front’, in A. Luptak, H. Smyth and L. Halewood (eds.), War Time: First World War Perspectives on Temporality (Routledge, 2018) [included as one of five ‘key chapters,’ from across Routledge’s publications, in The First World War: A Routledge Freebook, released to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.]

‘British Expeditionary Force Vegetable Shows, Allotment Culture, and Life Behind the Lines during the First World War’ [Under Review]

‘English Patriotism and the Patrie: Soldiers’ Englishness and the Implicit Nation during the Great War’ [Under Review]

Conferences and Public Events

‘Making Sense of the Western Front: Attachment to Space and Place during the First World War’, ‘First World War: Past, Present and Future’ Conference, First World War Network, Edinburgh Napier University, June 2019 

‘Imagining the Nation: English Infantrymen’s Visions of Communities and Landscapes during the First World War’, Social History Society Annual Conference 2019, University of Lincoln, June 2019

‘Making Sense of the Western Front: English Infantrymen’s Morale and Perception of Crisis during the First World War,’ Mentioned in Dispatches Podcast ep. 115, 27 May 2018

‘Forgetting and Misremembering: Empire, Language, and Cultural Perspectives on the Past’, ‘Infinite Salon 4: The Eternal Return – Is History on Repeat?’ Public Lecture Series, London, February 2019