Dr Philip Towle

Visiting Lecturer


Dr Philip Towle, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Buckingham, top UK university for student satisfaction

Philip Towle is a Visiting Professor at the University of Buckingham. He holds an MA in History from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from Kings College, London. From 1971 to 1974 he was a Senior Lecturer in History at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

Subsequently he was employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and served on British delegations to the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament, the Seabed Treaty Review Conference and the first UN Special Session on Disarmament. He became a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University in 1978 before joining the Centre of International Studies in Cambridge in 1980. He was Deputy Director of the Centre from 1982 and subsequently Director until 1997. He was also Tutor for Graduates and College Lecturer in History at Queens’ College. He has been a visiting fellow at universities in Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Republic of Korea, Japan and the USA.

His current research interests include post-war peace conferences and the effect of public opinion on security policy.



Going to War: British Debates from Wilberforce to Blair (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

(Editor with Margaret Kosuge) Britain and Japan in the Twentieth Century, (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007)

(with Robert J. Jackson) Temptations of Power: The United States in Global Politics after 9/11 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

From Ally to Enemy: Anglo-Japanese Military Relations 1900-1945 (Global Oriental, 2006)

(Editor with Yoichi Kibata and Margaret Kosuge) Japanese Prisoners of War (London: Hambledon, 2000; translated into Japanese and published by Tokyo University Press, 2003)

Democracy and Peacemaking: Negotiations and Debates 1815-1973 (London: Routledge, 2000)

Enforced Disarmament from the Napoleonic Campaigns to the Gulf War (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)

Pilots and Rebels: The Use of Aircraft in Unconventional Warfare (London: Brassey’s, 1989)

Arms Control and East-West Relations (London: Croom Helm, 1982)

(Editor) Estimating Foreign Military Power (London: Croom Helm, 1982)

 Educating the Gunmakers (Shrivenham: Royal Military College of Science, 1982)

 Naval Power in the Indian Ocean (Canberra: Australian National University, 1979)

Contributions to Books 

‘Japanese culture and the treatment of prisoners of war in the Asian-Pacific War’, in Scheipers, Sibylle, Prisoners in War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)

Introduction to McKenzie, F.A., The Tragedy of Korea (reissued by Global Oriental, 2009)

‘British strategy in the Second World War and reconciliation with its former enemies’, in  Kosuge, Nobuko, and Dobson, Hugo, Japan and Britain at War and Peace (London: Routledge, 2009)

‘Policing territories previously subject to civil war and ethnic violence’, in Weller, Marc and Metzger, Barbara, Settling Self-Determination Disputes (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2008)

‘British war correspondents and the war’, in Kowner, Rotem, Rethinking the Russo-Japanese War: 1904-5, Volume 1 (Folkestone: Global Oriental, 2007)

‘The Anglican church, the state and modern warfare’, in James, Helen, Civil Society, Religion and Global Governance (London: Routledge, 2007)

‘Democrats, autocrats and WMD’, in Walker, Graham, The Search for WMD: Non-Proliferation, Intelligence and Pre-emption in the New Security Environment (Centre for Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, 2006)

‘Taming or demonising an aggressor: The British debate on the end of the Locarno system’, in Johnson, Gaynor, Locarno Revisited: European Diplomacy 1920-1929 (London: Routledge, 2004)

‘Blackett and nuclear strategy’, in Hore, Peter, Patrick Blackett: Sailor, Scientist,Socialist (London: Frank Cass, 2003)

‘11 September 2001 and the media’, in Mokaitis, Thomas and Rich, Paul, Grand Strategy in the War against Terror (London: Frank Cass, 2003)

‘The British general staff and Japan’, in French, David and Reid, Brian Holden, The British General Staff: Reform and Innovation (London: Frank Cass, 2002)

Various contributions to Ramsden, John, The Oxford Companion to British Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

‘Missile defences: implications for NATO’, in Hodge, Carl, NATO for a New Century: Atlanticism and European Security (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002)

‘The media, megaphone diplomacy and disarmament’, in Badsey, Stephen, The Media and International Security (London: Frank Cass, 2000)

‘British naval and military observers of the Russo-Japanese War’, in Hoare, J.E., Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits, Volume 111 (London: Japan Library, 1999)

‘Cold War’, in Townshend, Charles, The Oxford Illustrated History of Warfare (Oxford University Press, 1997)

‘The nature of power in the modern world’, in da Cunha, D., The Evolving Pacific Power Structure (Singapore: Institute of South East Asian Studies, 1996)

‘The British debate about intervention in European conflicts’, in Freedman, Lawrence, Military Intervention in European Conflicts (Oxford: Political Quarterly / Blackwells, 1994)

‘British disarmament policy in the 1920s’, in Ahman, R., The Quest for Stability: Problems of West European Security 1918-1952 (Oxford:  German Historical Institute / Oxford University Press, 1993)

‘Maintaining balanced forces’, in Clarke, M. and Sabin, P., British Defence Choices for the Twenty-first Century (London: Brassey’s, 1993)

‘Air transport and out of area operations’, in Sabin, Philip, The Future of UK Airpower (1988)

‘Arms control in the Indian Ocean’, in Segal, G., Arms Control in Asia (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1987)

‘Arms control in east-west relations: the problem of verification’, in von Rickhoff, H., Compliance and Confirmation (London: Frank Cass, 1986)

‘Australia’s outlook on Asia’, in Leifer, M., The Balance of Power in East Asia (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1986)

‘The Anglo-Argentine War’, in Hopkins, Jack. W., Latin America and Caribbean Contemporary Record, Volume 11, 1982-1983 (New York: Holmes and Meier, 1984)

‘The UN ad hoc committee on the Indian Ocean’, in Bowman, L.W. and Clark, I., The Indian Ocean in Global Politics (Boulder: Westview Press, 1981)

‘The evaluation of the experience of the Russo-Japanese War’, in Ranft, Brian, Technical  Change and British Naval Policy (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1977)

‘The debate on wartime censorship in Britain 1902-1914’, in Bond, B. and Roy, I., War and Society (London: Croom Helm, 1975)


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