Panel 3: Economic Warfare

John Ferris (Professor of History, University of Calgary, Canada) and Keith Neilson (Professor of History, Royal Military College, Canada)
21 June 2010

Chair: Professor David French, University College, London


John Ferris (Professor of History, University of Calgary, Canada)
Reading the World’s Mail: British Blockade Intelligence and Economic Warfare, 1914-1918

John Ferris is a Professor of History at the University of Calgary, where he is also a Fellow at The Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He received an MA and a PhD in War Studies, from King's College, London. He has published four books and sixty academic articles or chapters in books, on diplomatic, intelligence and military history, as well as contemporary strategy and intelligence. His books have been published in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Singapore, Turkey, The United States and the United Kingdom: they also have been translated into French, Hebrew and Japanese. He comments in national and international media, on Canadian and American foreign and military policy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, intelligence, and nuclear weapons.


Keith Neilson (Professor of History, Royal Military College, Canada)
R.H. Brand, Imperial Unity and Munitions from Canada, 1914-1917

Keith Neilson is a University of Alberta graduate (BSc, BA, MA) who obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has taught the past thirty years at the Royal Military College, Canada. He is an expert in 19th and 20th century British foreign policy, Anglo-Russian relations, the British Army, and the First World War. He has worked with many British military historians and has published a number of works on British military and naval history. His published articles touch topics like Lord Kitchener, British propaganda and intelligence in First World War Russia, and British military reactions to the Russo-Japanese war. With B.J.C. McKercher, he is the general editor of The Praeger Series on Foreign Policy in the Interwar Period. He has been a member of the IHR a number of times and has given many papers to the Military History Seminar.