Professor Daniel Marston

BA (Hons) MA McGill University DPhil History of War Balliol College, Oxford University
Professor of Military Studies and Principal of the Military and Defence Studies Program at the Australian Command and Staff College

Areas of expertise

  • Historical Studies 2103

Research interests

  • History of War (18th Century to present day)
  • British Imperial history in South Asia (18th Century to 1947)
  • British military history (18th Century to the present day)
  • South Asian military history (18th Century to 1947)
  • US military history (18th Century to the present day)
  • Wars of decolonisation in Southern Africa (1960s-1990)
  • Vietnam War (1954-1975)


Daniel Marston BA MA (McGill) DPhil (Oxon.) FRHistS holds a Professorship in Military Studies and is also the Principal of the Military and Defence Studies Program at the Australian Command & Staff College in Canberra. He previously held the Ike Skelton Distinguished Chair in the Art of War at the US Army Command and General Staff College. He has been a Visiting Fellow, on multiple occasions, with the Leverhulme Changing Character of War Program at the University of Oxford. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has been a special advisor, since 2006, in Iraq and Afghanistan with the US Army, USMC and British Army. His research focuses on the topic of transnational military culture and how armies learn and adapt to new environments. His book Phoenix from the Ashes, an in-depth assessment of how the British/Indian Army turned defeat into victory in the Burma campaign of the Second World War, won the Field Marshal Templer Medal Book Prize in 2003. The second volume, The Indian Army and the End of the Raj, was Runners Up for the Templer Medal in 2014. He completed his doctorate as the Beit Research Scholar in Imperial and Commonwealth History at Balliol College, Oxford University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Researcher's projects

  • Transnational military culture and the end of Empire: East Africa to South-East Asia
  • The Mosaic of the Battlefield: Military operations in Vietnam at the provincial level, 1965-1971.


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