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Lecture | The Military History of Food

Lecture | The Military History of Food

Wed, Apr. 17, 2019 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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Professor Niall Barr will examine the role and importance of food throughout military history. In so doing, the presentation will explore the fundamental connection between food and war - which is often overlooked or taken for granted. Professor Barr will examine the different influences in the way that our food has shaped warfare throughout history from the problems of supply, and living off the land, to what has sustained soldiers over the centuries. The presentation will also consider the role of drink, particularly alcohol, in war as well as the grim story of the use of hunger as a weapon of war.

Professor Niall Barr is Professor of Military History in the Defence Studies Department. Educated at the University of St Andrews, he has previously taught at St Andrews and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He joined the Staff College in 2000, where he teaches on a wide range of military courses, including the Higher Command and Staff Course, and conducts numerous battlefield tours and staff rides.  His main research interest concerns the Anglo-American alliance in the Second World War, but he also has an enduring interest in the Scottish military tradition. His current research project concerns the role and importance of food in war.

6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences
Tickets £10 | £8 Friends | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Ex 201