Location Arts Two 3.10.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8373
I joined Queen Mary in 2003. I did my first degree at LSE, for whom I made an embarrassingly brief appearance on University Challenge, and completed a PhD at Cambridge. I then taught at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. As well as my teaching and research, I run the School of History’s School Liaison and Widening Participation programme.
I work on the social, military and cultural history of Britain in both world wars, with a particular interest in intersection between home and fighting fronts and the remembrance of conflict. I am currently working on a major new history of Britain’s Second World War, as well as undertaking research with my undergraduate students into London’s experience of the First World War.
Current PhD Students
I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the areas above and the following areas:
- the operational military history of British forces in either world war
- contemporary remembrance of war and conflict
- the oral history of wartime experiences and attitudes
- military motivations and morale
- the political framework of remembrance
- ‘war culture’ in Britain and the Empire, 1939-1945
- D. Todman, The Great War, Myth and Memory The Great War: Myth and Memory, (London: Hambledon and London, 2005).
- G. Sheffield and D. Todman, eds., (editor and chapter contributor), Command and Control on the Western Front, (Staplehurst: Spellmount, 2004).
- Danchev and D. Todman, eds., War Diaries 1939-1945, Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke, (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2001).
- D. Todman, ‘“Sans peur et sans reproche”: the retirement, death and mourning of Sir Douglas Haig 1918-1928’, Journal of Military History, (October 2003).
- Danchev and D. Todman, ‘The Alanbrooke Diaries’, Archives, (April 2002).
- D. Todman, ‘The reception of the Great War in the 1960s’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 22, 1 (March 2002).
- D. Todman, ‘Defining Deaths: Richard Titmuss’s Problems of Social Policy and the Meaning of Britain’s Second World War’ in N. Martin and P. Purseigle, eds, Aftermath: Memories of War in Europe, 1918, 1945, 1989 (Ashgate, forthcoming)
- D. Todman, ‘Representing the First World War in Britain: The 90th Anniversary of the Somme’ in H. Herwig and M. Keren, eds., War Memory and Popular Culture (Ottawa, McFarland, 2009)
- D. Todman, ‘The First World War in Contemporary British Popular Culture’ in H. Jones et al, eds., Uncovering the First World War (Amsterdam, Brill, 2008)
Membership of professional associations or societies
I sit on the academic advisory panels for the Imperial War Museum’s redesign of its 1914-18 galleries and its ‘Lives of the Great War’ citizen history project.
Appearances in the media
- The Show to End all Wars, BBC Radio 4
- Archive on 4: Remembrance, BBC Radio 4
- Timewatch: The Last Day of World War One, BBC 2
- I have also written about the remembrance of the First World War ‘The First World War in History’ on OUCS World War 1 Centenary Open Educational Resources