School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

Dr Jenny Macleod

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Jenny Macleod

Phone: +44 (0)1482 465833

Email: J.Macleod@hull.ac.uk

Twitter: @JennyMacleod

Jenny MacLeod

Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century History

Department of History

  • Profile
  • Selected Publications 
  • Teaching
  • Public Engagement


I am a graduate of Edinburgh University and Pembroke College, Cambridge. My first lectureship was in Modern British History at the University of Newcastle. Thereafter I worked for King's College London, firstly as a research fellow at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, and then as a lecturer in Defence Studies at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. I then returned to Edinburgh University as a research fellow, before taking up my present appointment in September 2006. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015.

My research interests relate to the cultural history of the First World War, and commemoration and national identity in particular. My latest book, Gallipoli, published by Oxford University Press, is on the military and cultural history of the Gallipoli campaign. It is the first book to compare the memory of the campaign in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland and Turkey. During 2015’s centenary of the campaign, I delivered three keynote lectures at international conferences and during July and August 2015 I was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the co-founder and treasurer of the International Society for First World War Studies, and an Associate Editor of the Taylor and Francis journal, First World War Studies.

You can follow me on twitter @JennyMacleod where I mainly tweet about the First World War, the centenary, and history in the news.

Selected Publications

  • Gallipoli by Jenny MacLeodGallipoli, Great Battles series (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • Defeat and Memory: Cultural Histories of Military Defeat in the Modern Era (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) ed. Jenny Macleod
  • “Battle of the Nations”: Remembering Gallipoli, The Trevor Reese Memorial Lecture 2005 (London: Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, 2005)
  • Reconsidering Gallipoli (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004)
  • Gallipoli: Making History (London: Frank Cass, 2004) ed. Jenny Macleod
  • Uncovered Fields: Perspectives in First World War Studies (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004) ed. Jenny Macleod & Pierre Purseigle

Journal articles and book chapters

  • ‘The Gallipoli centenary: an international perspective’ in Brad West (ed.), Commemorative Alternatives: Re-reading Traces of War and Conflict (Ashgate, forthcoming)
  • ‘Britain and Ireland’, History Australia 12, no. 1 (April 2015): 64-68
  • 'Britishness and Commemoration: National Memorials to the First World War in Britain and Ireland', Journal of Contemporary History 48:4 (October 2013): 647-665
  • ‘Memorials and Location: Local versus National Identity and the Scottish National War Memorial’, Scottish Historical Review, 89 (April 2010): 73-95
  •  ‘“By Scottish Hands, with Scottish Money, on Scottish Soil”: the Scottish National War Memorial and National Identity’, Journal of British Studies 49 (January 2010): 73–96
  • ‘Beckham, Waugh and the Memory of Gallipoli’ in John Crawford and Ian McGibbon (eds.), Zealandia’s Great War: New Zealand, the Allies and the First World War (Exisle Publishing, March 2007)
  • ‘Introduction’ in Macleod (ed) Gallipoli: Making History (London: Frank Cass, 2004)
  • ‘The Anzac Legend and the Heroic Romantic Myth of Gallipoli’ in Macleod (ed) Gallipoli: Making History (London: Frank Cass, 2004)
  • with Pierre Purseigle, ‘Introduction’ in Macleod and Purseigle (eds), Uncovered Fields (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004)
  • ‘The Fall and Rise of Anzac Day: 1965 and 1990 Compared’, War & Society 20, 1 (May 2002)
  •  ‘General Sir Ian Hamilton and the Dardanelles Commission’ War in History8, 4 (2001)


My teaching at Hull mainly encompasses military and cultural history. It has included courses on British national identity, the memory of war in twentieth century Australia and its implications for Australian national identity, and Masters teaching on war and commemoration, and the First World War in comparative perspective. The courses that I am teaching or contributing to this year are:

  • 20195: The First World War (special subject)
  • 20170: Making of the Contemporary World
  • 20122: The European Century

Postgraduate Supervision

I welcome postgraduate students interested in twentieth-century British history, and particularly the cultural history of the First World War in Britain and the Empire. My current PhD students are:

  • Mel Johnson who is working on the parliamentary representation of Primitive Methodism
  • Ann-Marie Foster who is working on acts of memorialisation in the aftermath of disaster in the North East of England

Public Engagement

Jenny Macleod delivers a keynote address at the ‘Gallipoli 1915: a century on’ conference, at the Australian National University, Canberra in March 2015Public Lectures

  • ‘Remembering Gallipoli in New Zealand and Beyond’, NZ-UK Link Foundation Annual Lecture 2015. An event organized by the NZ-UK Link Foundation in collaboration with the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. The event was part of the Being Human Festival (12-22 November 2015). The lecture was delivered on 16 November 2015 in Senate House, Malet Street, London. Photos from the event.
  • ‘Gallipoli’, Leicester Grammar School, talk for GCSE students, 22 September 2015. 
  • ‘Gallipoli, commemoration and the rhetoric of international friendship’, New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Christchurch, New Zealand, 4 August 2015.
  • 18 March and 25 April: how Turkey, New Zealand and Australia have commemorated Gallipoli’, Canterbury Historical Association, Christchurch, New Zealand, 11 August 2015. 
  • ‘18 March and 25 April: Commemorating Gallipoli’, Gallipoli Association Conference, Birmingham, 21 June 2014.
  • ‘“Battle of the Nations”: Remembering Gallipoli’, The Trevor Reese Memorial Lecture 2005, organised by the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London at the Australian High Commission, London.

Magazine articles

  • Sir Ian Hamilton y las consecuencias de los Dardanelos’, (‘General Sir Ian Hamilton and the aftermath of the Dardanelles campaign’), Desperta Ferro No. 8, (magazine, Spain), February 2015
  • ‘Gallipoli in British History’ in Gallipoli 100: Lest We Forget edited by David Horner (Sydney: Faircount Media, 2014)

Radio Interviews and Contributions

  • Interviewee, ‘Talking History’, NewstalkFM (Ireland), 8 November 2015. 
  • Live interview, BBC Radio Scotland, ‘Good Morning Scotland’, 25 April 2015
  • Interviewee, ‘And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda’, BBC Radio Scotland, broadcast 21 & 26 April 2015
  • Expert discussant in hour-long phone-in programme to launch BBC’s World War One at Home project, ‘Burnsy in the morning’ show, Radio Humberside, February 2014
  • Interviewee, BBC Radio Scotland (about sinking of Royal Edward)
  • Live radio interview, BBC West Midlands (about Vera Brittain)


  • Interviewee, ‘Gallipoli: When Murdoch Went to War’, Blakeway Productions, broadcast on BBC Two, 8pm, 25 April 2015
  • Interviewee, RTE television, Ireland (about Ireland and Gallipoli), January 2014


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