Dr Meighen Sarah Cassandra McCrae

DPhil, International and Military History, University of Oxford. MA, Cultural and Military History, University of Calgary.
BA, major in History, minor in English Literature, Carleton University.

Dr Meighen Sarah Cassandra McCrae

Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship)

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Meighen McCrae joined the department in 2016. From 2015-16 she was a teaching fellow for King’s College London at the Joint Services and Command Staff College. She obtained her DPhil in International and Military History from the University of Oxford and completed an MA in Military and Cultural History at the University of Calgary. She also holds a BA with a major in History and a minor in English Literature from Carleton University.



As an historian of international history and the history of warfare, McCrae finds how individuals think about future warfare during periods of conflict or great international tension to be particularly fascinating areas of inquiry. Her areas of specialization are the First World War, how coalitions fight wars and create peace, and notions of ‘victory’.
McCrae’s current monograph project, which is derived from her DPhil thesis, analyses the Allied notion of victory in the First World War and how it was expressed in the depth of Allied strategic planning in 1918 for a campaign in 1919. She uses the Supreme War Council as a lens to assess the efforts of Britain, France, Italy and the United States to forge a tightly coordinated coalition in the final year of the war. In doing so, she reframes our understanding of 1918 as ‘the year of victory’ and the SWC was a mechanism for Allied coordination. This manuscript is currently under consideration by Cambridge University Press.She is also currently writing an article entitled ‘Strategy and Science Fiction: Britain and the Invasion Scares, 1905-1909'. This article assesses similarities in the visions promulgated by strategic publicists and science fiction writers. McCrae’s next monograph project is entitled ‘Winning the First World War: How Allied Servicemen Defined Victory in 1917-18’. It will address contemporary images of victory in the First World War by exploring the experiences and expectations not only of front line soldiers, but of the frequently neglected support troops and naval personnel. Crossing national boundaries, it will compare the experiences of Allied combatants in Great Britain and the Empire, France and America in order to understand what these individuals thought a victory over the Central Powers would achieve, why it was important, and broad

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