Established in 1983, War & Society publishes high-quality scholarly articles on the causes, experience and impact of war. Our articles feature original research based on archival, oral, and other primary sources. 

While we publish articles dealing with the technical and operational aspects of warfare, our main emphasis is on the broader relationships between warfare and society. Our articles range in time from Ancient Greece to the 21st Century, and highlight the diverse aspects of national and transnational operational and social military history. We also welcome articles which reflect recent historical ‘turns’ such as memory studies, cultural history, and the history of emotions. War & Society does not review books.

War & Society is an international, peer reviewed journal which is published by Taylor & Francis on behalf of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra.

The current editor is Associate Professor Eleanor Hancock.

Why submit to War & Society? 

  • prestigious specialist military history journal devoted to the causes, experience and impact of war
  • double-blind peer reviewed articles feature cutting edge research and timely contributions to existing debates
  • high impact authors such as Joanna Bourke, Tim Cook, Aimée Fox, Beatrice Heuser, Yasmin Khan, Annika Mombauer, and Jay Winter. 
  • commissioned historiographical review articles    
  • core British, American, European and Australasian readership via extensive network of academic libraries 
  • publish open access   
  • regular special issues with high-profile guest editors. Recent issues include Mobilising resources for the army and navy in the eighteenth-century Spanish Empire: comparative, trans-national and imperial dimensions; Marginalised Histories of the Second World War; and Untold Legacies of the First World War in Britain
  • collections of articles such as our collection of historiographical surveys.

40th Anniversary

From humble beginnings to international standing, the ‘War & Society’ Journal celebrates 40th anniversary.

In 1982, Emeritus Professor Peter Dennis was tasked with establishing a military history journal – something he had no idea where to even start with. He would not be able to predict how far the War & Society Journal would come; internationally renowned and celebrating its 40th anniversary since its first publication.

Find out more

    • Adam R. Seipp, ‘Fulda Gap: A board game, West German society, and a battle that never happened, 1975–85’ 
    • Mesut Uyar and & Serhat Güvenç, ‘A tale of two military missions: The Germans in the Ottoman Empire and the Americans in the Republic of Turkey’ 
    • Lucas Maubert, ‘Trenches on Latin American Screens and Football Fields: cultural and Sporting Life in Tacna and Arica (Chile) during the First World War’ 
    • Christopher Thomas Goodwin, ‘Surviving Crises: The Napoleonic Upheavals and the “Time of the French” as Cultural Trauma in Prussia, 1806–1812’
    • Kathryn Hurlock, ‘Peace, Politics, and Piety: Catholic Pilgrimage in Wartime Europe, 1939–1945,
    • Sarah-Jane Walton, ‘“the Soul of the City”? Sound Performances and Community in Cape Town’s Two Minutes of Silence During the First World War’
    • Foster Chamberlin, ‘The Roots of the July 1936 Coup: The Rebirth of Military Interventionism in the Spanish Infantry Academy, 1893–1927’
    • Jasmine Wood, ‘“Lashings of Grog and Girls”: Masculinity and Sexuality in the Rehabilitation of Facially Disfigured Servicemen in the Second World War’
    • John H. Gill, ‘From Great Captains to Common Grognards: research opportunities in Napoleonic military history’
    • John W. Steinberg, ‘The military history of Romanov Russia’
    • S.P. Mackenzie, ‘Per Ardua: Achievements, issues, and opportunities in writing the history of the Royal Air Force’  
  •  The ancient world
    • Daniel Gómez-Castro, ‘Ancient Greek Mercenaries: Facts, Theories and New Perspectives’
    • Matthew Trundle, ‘The Spartan Revolution: Hoplite Warfare in the Late Archaic Period’          
    Early modern history
    • John Childs, ‘War, Crime Waves and the English Army in the Late Seventeenth Century’
    • Lorraine White, ‘Spain’s Early Modern Soldiers: Origins, Motivations and Loyalty’
    First World War
    • Nadja Durbach, ‘The Politics of Provisioning: Feeding South Asian Prisoners during the First World War’
    • Bernd Hüppauf, ‘Langemarck, Verdun and the Myth of a New Man in Germany after the First World War’
    Second World War
    • Stephen G. Fritz, ‘”This is the Way Wars End, With a Bang not a whimper”: Middle Franconia in April 1945’
    • Kisho Tsuchiya, ‘Indigenization of the Pacific War in Timor Island: A Multi-language Study of its Contexts and Impact’
    • S.P. MacKenzie, ‘Sensory Stress and Personal Agency: Emotional Casualty Rates amongst USAAF Heavy Bomber Crews over Europe during the Second World War’
    • Alastair Noble, ‘A Most Distant Target: The Bombing of Königsberg, August 1944’
    • Ang Chang Guan, ‘The Domino Theory Revisited: the Southeast Asia Perspective’
    • J.Y. Wong, ‘The Limits of Naval Power: British Gunboat Diplomacy in China from the Nemesis to the Amethyst, 1839–1949’
    The Americas
    • Karen Jones, ‘The story of Comanche: horsepower, heroism and the conquest of the American West’
    • Robert Niebuhr, ‘The Road to the Chaco War: Bolivia’s Modernisation in the 1920s’
    • Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, ‘Transforming Conflicts with Information: Impacts of UN Peace Radio Programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo’
    • Jacqueline de Vries, ‘Cameroonian Schutztruppe Soldiers in Spanish-Ruled Fernando Po during the First World War: A ‘Menace to the Peace’?’
    • Van Nguyen-Marshall, ‘Appeasing the Spirits Along the ‘Highway of Horror’: Civic Life in Wartime Republic of Vietnam’
    • Kumar Ramakrishna, ‘Anatomy of a Collapse: Explaining the Malayan Communist Mass Surrenders of 1958’
    • Jenny Macleod, ‘The Fall and Rise of Anzac Day: 1965 and 1990 Compared’
    • Kirsty Muir, ‘Public Peace, Private Wars: The Psychological Effects of War on Australian Veterans’
    • Virginia H. Aksan, ‘Feeding the Ottoman Troops on the Danube, 1768–1774’
    • Kees Boterblom, ‘Dutch Mercenaries in the Tsar’s Service: The Van Bockhoven Clan’
    • Beatrice Heuser, ‘Misleading Paradigms of War: States and Non-State Actors, Combatants and Non-Combatants’
    • Richard J. Reid, ‘Revisiting Primitive War: Perceptions of Violence and Race in History’
    • Robert K Chester, ‘Crusading in Africa: Religion, Race, and Post-9/11 Intervention in Antoine Fuqua’s Tears of the Sun (2003)’
    • Peter Conolly-Smith. ‘Race-ing Rape: Representations of Sexual Violence in American Combat Films’
    Economy and society
    • Melanie Oppenheimer, ‘Controlling Civilian Volunteering: Canada and Australia during the Second World War’
    • Anthony Page, ‘The Seventy Years War, 1744–1815, and Britain’s Fiscal-Naval State’
    • Adam Dighton, ‘Race, Masculinity and Imperialism: The British Officer and the Egyptian Army (1882–1899)’
    • Jutta Schwarzkopf, ‘Combatant or Non-Combatant? The Ambiguous Status of Women in British Anti-Aircraft Batteries during the Second World War’
    Memory and commemoration
    •  Vesna Drapac, ‘The Memory of War and the History of the First Yugoslavia’
    •  Helen B. McCartney, ‘Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in Britain’
  • For more information, please email the editor at

    Full details regarding published articles, aims and scope of journal, and instructions for authors (including how to submit) can be found at:

    Visit War & Society's detailed index of articles from Volume 1 (1983) to Volume 39 (2020) - almost 40 years of published articles. Articles are listed by volume and issue, subject and author alphabetically.