Professor Daniel Marston, PhD

Daniel Marston BA MA (McGill) DPhil (Oxford) FRHistS was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently, he is a Professor of Military History at the USMC School for Advanced Warfighting. He held a Professorship in Military Studies and was also the Principal of the Military and Defence Studies Program at the Australian Command & Staff College in Canberra. He has held the Ike Skelton Distinguished Chair in the Art of War at the US Army Command and General Staff College. He has been a Visiting Fellow, on multiple occasions, with the Leverhulme Changing Character of War Program at the University of Oxford. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has been a special advisor, since 2006, in Iraq and Afghanistan with the US Army, USMC and British Army. His research focuses on the topic of transnational military culture and how armies learn and adapt to new environments. His book Phoenix from the Ashes, an in-depth assessment of how the British/Indian Army turned defeat into victory in the Burma campaign of the Second World War, won the Field Marshal Templer Medal Book Prize in 2003. The second volume, The Indian Army and the End of the Raj, was Runners Up for the Templer Medal in 2014. He completed his doctorate as the Beit Research Scholar in Imperial and Commonwealth History at Balliol College, Oxford University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


Research interests

•  History of War (18th Century to present day)

•  British military history (18th Century to the present day)

•  US military history (18th Century to the present day)

•  Vietnam War (1954-1975)

•  South Asian military history (18th Century to 1947)

•  Wars of decolonisation in Southern Africa (1960s-1990)

•  British Imperial history in South Asia (18th Century to 1947)


•        Marston, D 2016, 'Learning and adapting for jungle warfare, 1942-45: The Australian and British Indian Armies', in P.J. Dean (ed.), Australia 1944-45: Victory in the Pacific, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia, pp. 121-144.

•        Marston, D & Malkasian, C 2016, 'Lessons for Iraq and Afghanistan', in Daniel Marston and Tamara Leahy (ed.), War, strategy and history : essays in honour of professor Robert O'Neill, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 235-250.

•        Marston, D & Leahy, T, eds, 2016, War, strategy and history: essays in honour of professor Robert O'Neill, ANU Press, Canberra.

•        Marston, D 2016, 'The Indian Army: 1700s-1947', in Harsh V. Pant (ed.), Handbook of Indian Defence Policy, Routledge, 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, UK.

•        Marston, D 2015, 'The 20th Indian Division in French Indo-China, 1945-46: Combined/ joint Operations and the 'fog of war'', NIDS International Forum on War History 2015, National Institute for Defense Studies, Tokyo, pp. 3-9pp.

•        Marston, D 2015, 'A Rock in an Angry Sea: The Indian Army and the Punjab, 1947', in (ed.), Geo-Strategy and War: Enduring Lessons for the Australian Army, Big Sky Publishing, Australia, pp. 212-228.

•        Marston, D 2015, 'The Vietnam War: The Spectrum of Conflict, 1954-75', in Gregory Fremond-Barnes (ed.), A History of Counterinsurgency: Volume 2, Praeger Publishing, US & UK.

•        Marston, D 2014, The Indian Army and the End of the Raj, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

•        Marston, D 2012, 'The 20th Indian Division in French Indo-China', in Alan Jeffreys and Patrick Rose (ed.), The Indian Army, 1939-47, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, UK & US, pp. 157-178.

•        Marston, D 2012, 'The War in Burma, 1942-1945: The 7/10th Baluch

Experience', in Kaushik Roy (ed.), The Indian Army in the Two World Wars, Brill Academic Publishers, US.

•        Marston, D 2010, 'Adaptation in the Field: The British Army's Difficult Campaign in Iraq', Security Challenges, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 71-84.

•        Marston, D 2009, 'The Indian Army, Partition, and the Punjab Boundary Force, 1945-1947', War in History, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 469-505.

•        Marston, D 2009, 'Local Security Forces: Lessons for NATO in Afghanistan', in Christopher M. Schnaubelt (ed.), Counterinsurgency: the challenge for NATO strategy and operations, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy, pp. 152-174.

•        Marston, D 2009, '"Smug and Complacent?" Operation TELIC: The Need for Critical Analysis', The British Army Review , vol. 147, pp. 16-23.

•        Marston, D (ed.), 2008, Military History of India and South Asia, Indiana University Press, US.

•        Marston, D & Malkasian, C (eds.) 2 eds, 2008 and 2010, Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare, Osprey Publishing Ltd, UK.

•        Marston, D 2006, 'Lost and Found in the Jungle', in Hew Strachan (ed.), Big Wars and Small Wars.Routledge, UK & US.

•        Marston, D (ed.) 2005, Pacific War Companion, Osprey Publishing Ltd, UK.

•        Marston, D 2003, Phoenix from the Ashes: The Indian Army in the Burma Campaign, Praeger Publishing, US & UK.

•        Marston, D 2003, The French and Indian War, 1754-1760, Routledge, UK & US.

•        Marston, D 2003, The American Revolution, 1774-1783, Routledge, UK & US.

•        Marston, D 2001, The Seven Years War, Routledge, UK & US.

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