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The top ten list of my favorite military historians

Updated: Jan 28, 2021

I've been fascinated with military history for as long as I can remember. When I reminisce on my school years, I realize most of my research papers were almost always related to military subjects. The greatness of military history is that is encompasses all history; social, political, economic, etc. As Clausewitz stated, "war is the continuation of politics by other means." Therefore, the study of military events allows the historian to focus not only on the military aspects of an event, but all the other forces that contributed to it as well.


Most great military historians synthesize many aspects of historical events to keep their readers interested and focused. On the other hand, some of the best writers pinpoint matters to help the reader spotlight particular events. This too, is extremely valuable. For example, Jon Keegan gave us the unique Face of Battle, which changed the way many look at war. By focusing on the individual soldier and not the strategies or leaders, Keegan gave his readers a more humanistic approach to battle and thus to history.


Here then, are my favorite top ten military historians.

  1. John Keegan

  2. Antony Beever

  3. Rick Atkinson

  4. Paul Fussel

  5. Adam Makos

  6. Charles B. MacDonald

  7. Charles Whiting

  8. Max Hastings

  9. Cornelius Ryan

  10. James Bradley

What are your favorite military historians? Although I could easily double this list with another ten great authors, one must make choices.



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