Professor Keith McLay
pro vice-chancellor/dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Education, University of Derby; author, Reassesing the British Way in Warfare: strategy and tactics during the reigns of William and Anne

Professor Keith McLay is an early modern military and naval historian. He completed a MA in history and politics at the University of Glasgow before heading to undertake a MSc in international history at the London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London. Having found 20th century history unremittingly grim, for his doctorate he decided to return to the 17th and 18th centuries and indeed the University of Glasgow where, under the aegis of the Scottish Centre for War Studies, he wrote a thesis on combined military and naval operations between 1688 and 1714. He has subsequently published on early modern warfare and on army and naval organisation and command.

Very recently, Keith gave the 20th century history another chance by publishing on the Edwardian navy. In addition to all things historical, he is currently the pro vice-chancellor/dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Education at the University of Derby and enjoying battling ideas with colleagues from the other discipline areas.

Keith’s forthcoming book, Reassesing the British Way in Warfare: Strategy and Tactics during the Reigns of William and Anne, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2019.