Meighen McCrae

I am Associate Professor in the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre at The Australian National University, and Deputy Director (Higher Degree Research) in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.

As an historian of international history and the history of war, I am interested in three main areas: the way coalitions fight, notions of victory, and how individuals think about future war during periods of conflict or great international tension. These areas of research are underpinned by my interests in strategy and resourcing for war.

I joined the SDSC in June 2018 where I taught at both the Australian War College and the Acton campus on defence issues and the history of war. Prior to taking up this post I was a lecturer in military history, strategic studies, and intelligence studies as well as the Deputy-Director of the Centre for Intelligence and International Security Centre in the International Politics Department, Aberystwyth University. I have also taught for King's College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.    

My monograph, Coalition Strategy and the End of the First World War: The Supreme War Council and War Planning, 1917-1918 (Cambridge University Press, Military Histories Series, 2019) focuses on the efforts of Britain, France, Italy and the United States to forge a tightly coordinated coalition in the final year of the war. By considering the role of the various theatres of war and the material preparations (shipping and munitions) which underpinned the Allies' strategy, this study argues that the Supreme War Council acted as a successful forum for Allied coordination for a final war-winning campaign in 1919. 

I am currently writing a monograph entitled British Sea Power, Grand Strategy, and Naval Coalitions, 1914-1919 (Oxford University Press).

Research Interest
  • The First World War 
  • History of War (19th & 20th Century)
  • Notions of Victory 
  • Coalition War
  • Sea Power
  • Cultural/Military History