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Brian James Bond (born 17 April 1936 in Marlow, Buckinghamshiremarker) is a distinguished British military historian and professor emeritus of military history at King's College Londonmarker.

Early Life and Education

The son of Edward Herbert Bond and his wife, Olive Bessie Sartin, Brian Bond was raised in Buckinghamshire, where his father was the gardener for the military historian Sir Basil Liddell Hart. Liddell Hart took a great interest in the boy and encouraged his academic interests. In 1952-54, he served in the Royal Artillery, becoming a second lieutenant in the British Army. In 1959, he took an honours degree in history at Worcester College, Oxfordmarker and then went on to take his Master of Arts degree in war studies at King's College Londonmarker in 1962. He married Madeleine Joyce Carr in 1962.

Academic career

Brian Bond's first academic post was as lectruer in history at the University of Exetermarker in 1961-62. He then went on to be lecturer in history at the University of Liverpoolmarker in 1962, where he remained until 1966, when he became lecturer in war studies at King's College Londonmarker. He was promoted to reader in war studies in 1978, professor of military history in 1986, and professor emeritus in 2001.

Bond served as visiting professor at the University of Western Ontariomarker in 1972-73 and was visiting lecturer at the U.S. Naval War Collegemarker in 1972-74. He was made a Fellow of King's College Londonmarker in 1996 and served as Liddell Hart Lecturer. He was visiting fellow at Brasenose College, Oxfordmarker in 1992-93 and, in 2000, was visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxfordmarker and Lees Knowles Lecturer at Cambridge Universitymarker.

He served as a member of council of the Society for Army Historical Research and as President of the British Commission for Military History.

Published Works

  • Victorian military campaigns edited by Brian Bond. London : Hutchinson, [1967].

  • Mapledurham Housemarker, the historic home of the Blount family: official guide : history and description of contents. Derby: English Life Publications, 1968.

  • The Victorian army and the Staff College, 1854-1914, London : Eyre Methuen, 1972.

  • Chief of staff : the diaries of Lieutenant General Sir Henry Pownall, edited by Brian Bond. London: Leo Cooper, 1972-1974.

  • France and Belgium, 1939-1940 London : Davis-Poynter, 1975; Second edition under the title Britain, France and Belgium, 1939-1940 Oxford: Brassey's, 1990.

  • War and society: a yearbook of military history edited by Brian Bond and Ian Roy. 2 volumes. London: Croom Helm, 1975-1977; New York: Holmes & Meier, 1975-1977.

  • Liddell Hart: a study of his military thought. London: Cassell, 1977; New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1977; **Aldershot: Gregg Revivals in association with Department of War Studies, King's College London, 1991.

  • British military policy between the two world wars, Oxford: Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1980

  • War and society in Europe, 1870-1970 [Leicester]: Leicester University Press, in association with Fontana Paperbacks, 1983; London: Fontana Paperbacks, 1984; New York: St. Martin's Press, 1983; Stroud: Sutton, 1998.

  • Staff officer: the diaries of Walter Guinness , 1914-1918, edited by Brian Bond and Simon Robbins. London: Leo Cooper, 1987.

  • The First World War and British military history, edited by Brian Bond. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.

  • Fallen stars: eleven studies of twentieth century military disasters, edited by Brian Bond. London : Brassey's (UK), 1991.

  • The nature of future conflict: implications for force development by Brian Holden Reid ... [et al.]; edited by Brian Bond and Mungo Melvin. The Occasional Papers. Strategic and Combat Studies Institute, no. 36. Camberley: Strategic and Combat Studies Institute, 1998.

  • Look to your front: studies in the First World War by the British Commission for Military History; Brian Bond et al. Staplehurst : Spellmount, 1999.

  • Haig: a reappraisal 70 years on, edited by Brian Bond and Nigel Cave. London: Leo Cooper, 1999.

  • Haig: a reappraisal 80 years on, edited by Brian Bond and Nigel Cave. Barnsley, Pen and Sword Military, 2009.

  • The battle of France and Flanders 1940: sixty years on, edited by Brian Bond and Michael D. Taylor. Barnsley : Leo Cooper, 2001.

  • The unquiet Western Front: Britain's role in literature and history. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

  • The British General Staff: reform and innovation c.1890-1939, edited by David French and Brian Holden Reid in honour of: Brian Bond. London : Frank Cass, 2002.

  • British and Japanese military leadership in the Far Eastern War, 1941-1945, edited by Brian Bond and Kyoichi Tachikawa. London : Frank Cass, 2004.

  • The war memoirs of Earl Stanhope, General Staff Officer in France, 1914-1918 by Lieutenant Colonel Earl Stanhope, edited by Brian Bond. Brighton: Tom Donovan Editions, 2006.


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