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Mr Zack White MA, PGCE, BA (Hons)

Postgraduate research student, Assistant Seminar Tutor

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Doctoral researcher, and holder of the Archival scholarship, at the University of Southampton, specialising in crime and punishment in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars.

I have devoted my academic career to studying the social impact of the Napoleonic era, with a particular focus on Britain during the period. My work has included examining the relationship between British soldiers and their commander the Duke of Wellington during the Peninsular War (1808-1814), and exploring the role and impact of caricatures and newspapers on the British public’s engagement with the same conflict.

In 2018 I was very fortunate to be awarded an archival scholarship by the University of Southampton, and began research for my PhD. My project, entitled ‘Plunder, Provost and Punishment: Discipline under Wellington’s Command, 1808-1818’, investigates crime and punishment in the British Army during that period, uncovering evidence of a ‘live and let live’ attitude amongst many officers towards disciplining their men, and questioning why some crimes, such as sexual misconduct do not appear in army trial records.

Prior to taking up my scholarship, I was a secondary school history teacher, and I remain passionate about making the past accessible and engaging for the public. I am very luck to maintain strong links with my former teaching colleagues, and run a history lecture series aimed at A-level students and members of the public at a school in Bournemouth.

I am also Editor-in-Chief of the Nineteenth-Century interdisciplinary research journal Romance, Revolution & Reform, the creator on the online hub TheNapoleonicWars.net, and the British Commission for Military History’s ‘Post-Graduate Liaison and Social Media Officer’.

Research interests

I am particularly interested in the social impact of conlfict both on soldiers and civilians, and the way in which the pressures of war affect both social groups. My research interests also include crime and punishment in society, reform to legal practices during the nineteenth century, and questions of morale in armies during the Napoleonic Wars.

PhD research

‘Plunder, Provost & Punishment: Discipline under Wellington’s Command, 1808-1818’. Supervised by Professor Christopher Woolgar and Dr Julie Gammon. Funded by the University of Southampton’s Archival Scholarship

I am currently in the midst of my PhD Research project on crime and punishment in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. I am also involved in a project with the Smithsonian Institute, analysing the skeletal remains of six soldiers at a battle site in Spain from the Napoleonic era.

Research group

Southampton Centre for Nineteenth Century Research

Affiliate research group

British Commission for Military History Society for Army Historical Research Waterloo Association

In addition to my role in teaching first year seminars, I am the founder and the current Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Romance, Revolution & Reform. I am the Post-Graduate Liaison and Social Media Officer for the British Commission for Military History, and the creator and editor of the online hub on the Napoleonic War.

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