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Adam Storring

Adam Storring
St. John's College


My PhD, supervised by Professor Sir Christopher Clark, was entitled 'Frederick the Great and the Meanings of War, 1730-1755'.  It examined the military ideas of King Frederick II of Prussia as a young man, showing how war interacted with concepts of political order and noble glory as well as examining the specific intellectual inspirations for Frederick's tactical and strategic ideas and showing how ideas were developed within the Prussian high command on campaign.

I received my PhD in July 2018.  I am now expanding it into a broader book on Frederick the Great's military ideas throughout his life.  

  • My PhD was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
  • From October to December 2015, I was Stipendiat of the Bühler Stiftung and the Stiftung Preußischer Schlösser und Gärten (SPSG), working at the SPSG's Knoll Bibliothek in Potsdam.
  • In January 2017, I was Stipendiat at the Geheimes Staatsarchiv, Preußischer Kulturbesitz.
  • From February to September 2017, I was Stipendiat at the Leibniz Institut für Europäische Geschichte, in Mainz.  
  • From January to April 2018, I held a Stipendium from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), based at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, to work at the Landesarchiv Sachsen-Anhalt, Standort Dessau, and the Geheimes Staatsarchiv.

 I did my BA (2004) and MPhil (2007) also at St. John's College, Cambridge.  

I previously worked in the Civil Service, including at the Department of Health 2007-2010 (mostly in the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research [OSCHR]) and the Department for Education (DfE) 2011-2013.  At DfE I worked mostly on issues related to children's services, including the role of local authorities.

I also spent seven months working as a volunteer for LEPRA India, a health charity based in Hyderabad (now in Telangana) and operating in seven Indian states, helping people affected by leprosy and other diseases of poverty.  I have been on the Research Advisory Committee of LEPRA's Blue Peter Public Health and Research Centre since July 2011.

Research Interests

The cultural and intellectual history of war, principally in the eighteenth century.

Military history in general.  The history of Central and Eastern Europe.

I have also previously undertaken research on American Plains Indians in the nineteenth century.

Research Supervision

Supervised the MA dissertation of Christopher Shield - 'The Experience of the British soldier during the Seven Years' War' - University of Birmingham, 2017.


Historical Argument and Practice, University of Cambridge Historical Tripos Part II, 2015-17,

'Total War’ and European Societies, 1792-1815, University of Cambridge Historical Tripos Part II, 2014-15.

Key Publications

Zorndorf 1758 (Forthcoming)  [Book contract signed]

'Book Review:  Im Netz des Königs: Netzwerke und Patronage in der preußischen Armee 1713-1786 - By Carmen Winkel', Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 39 (2016), pp. 450-1.

Conference Report: Contacts and Cultural Transfer in the Historical Region of East Prussia, 1700 – 2000’, H-Soz-u-Kult (October 2013)

‘Zorndorf 1758: Prussian War-Making at the Mid-Point of the Seven Years’ War’, Mars & Clio 36 (Spring 2013)