Laughton’s Legacy: Naval History at Kings College London.

Presented by the Laughton Professor of Naval History, Andrew Lambert on the 14th November 2002 in the Great Hall, Kings College London. 

Edited by James W.E. Smith for the Laughton Review,  2017. 


Principal, Ladies, Gentlemen, but above all friends:

Twenty years ago I was a student at this College facing my doctoral examination. I had selected St Andrew’s Day, for you can never have too many friends on such occasions. Although I passed the exam there appeared to be no demand for naval historians. For the next decade I taught international history, strategy, military history and even marxist economics to undergraduate, initial officer entry and staff college students.

Had naval history been a wise choice?

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