Louis Halewood

Louis Halewood

Philip Nicholas Lecturer in Maritime History

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Philip Nicholas Lecturer in Maritime History

I joined the University of Plymouth in 2019 from Merton College, Oxford, where I completed my DPhil thesis titled 'Internationalising Sea Power: Ideas of World Order and the Maintenance of Peace, 1890-1919'. At Merton, I held the John Roberts MC3 (Great War) scholarship between 2015-18, and a Smith Richardson Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship at International Security Studies, Yale University, between 2018-19. I previously completed my BA in War Studies at King's College London, and my MA in History at the University of Calgary. My teaching and research interests focus on sea power and the history of war in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


BA War Studies, King's College London

MA History, University of Calgary

Teaching interests

First Year
HIST401: What is History?
HIST407: The Non-European World Since 1850
HIST409: Culture, Society & Politics in Britain, 1640-2000

Second Year
HIST527: The First World War at Sea

Third Year
HIST622: Sea Power in History, 1815-1991

MAHI724: Sea Power in History, 1815-1991

Areas of expertise for postgraduate supervision
Maritime and Naval History
The First World War
The League of Nations
Grand Strategy
The History of Strategic Thought

Research interests

Maritime and Naval History

The First World War

The History of Strategic Thought

Modern British History

Other research

My current research builds on my DPhil thesis, completed at the University of Oxford, which examines the role of sea power and international naval co-operation in visions of world order between 1890 and 1919, culminating in the creation of the League of Nations.

I have previously published on other aspects of the First World War, including an article on intelligence assessments of the success of attrition on the Western Front between 1914 and 1917. I have also co-edited a collection on time and the First World War, and a volume on economic warfare, grand strategy, and sea power between 1650-1945.


''A Matter of Opinion': British Attempts to Assess the Attrition of German Manpower, 1915-1917', Intelligence and National Security 32:3 (2017), pp. 333-350


Economic Warfare and the Sea: Grand Strategies for Maritime Powers, 1650-1945, eds., David Morgan-Owen and Louis Halewood (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020)

War Time: First World War Perspectives on Temporality, eds., Louis Halewood, Adam Luptak, and Hanna Smyth (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018)

Conferences organised

Oxford Naval History Conference 2017, 'Economic Warfare and the Sea, 1650-1950', All Souls College, Oxford (13-15th July 2017)

9th Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies: 'War Time', University of Oxford (10-11th November 2016)

Bow River Graduate History Conference, University of Calgary (22-24th January 2015)

Other academic activities

Smith Richardson Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, International Security Studies, Yale University (2018-19)

Edward S. Miller Research Fellowship, United States Naval War College, Newport, RI (2017)