My research revolves around human conflict. This covers struggles between and within nations, religions, ideological groups and also more one-sided instances of persecution and enslavement.
I am interested in the causes, conduct and, hopefully, the ultimate resolution of such conflicts. I also pursue related themes, such as technology and warfare and the military use and treatment of animals. I am inquisitive, bookish and freethinking. Away from work, I generally like to be on a horse or rolling dice.
I am committed to the study of history by my belief in the integral worth of the discipline. History has been a major contributor to human knowledge over the last 2500 years. History develops students into rigorous thinkers and fluent communicators. As a subject it produces open-minded, reflective and empathetic individuals, tolerant of difference, adaptable and humane in their values.
History is the story of humankind. What more important story is there than that?
As a teacher I aim to be: enthusiastic; supportive and a little provocative...
I strive to keep students interested and well-motivated, through engaging and thought-provoking lectures and seminars. By using role-play or dissecting an original document, I hope to encourage analytical thinking, challenging ideas and an appetite for research. I constantly remind students about the importance of reading. So pick up a book!
Head of History Section
Faculty Timetable 'Champion.'
The Rise of Persecuting Society
Empires in World History
American Ordeal: The United States in the era of Civil War and Reconstruction
Europe in Turmoil 1900-1939
Constructing A New World: Early Modern Europe
Europe, Nazism & War 1930-1950
Edwardian Britain & the First World War
European and American military history 1450-1920; Colonial and nineteenth-century American social and political history, especially race, slavery and the civil war; animals in history; computer applications for historians; genocide & persecution from the ancient to the modern world.
G. Phillips (1999). The Anglo-Scots Wars 1513-1550. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer Incorporated.
G. Phillips (2018). Pigeons in the Trenches: animals, communications technologies and the British Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918. The British Journal for Military History. 4(3), pp.60-80.
G. Phillips (2018). “Technology, ‘Machine Age’ Warfare, and the Military Use of Dogs, 1880–1918,”. Journal of Military History. 82(1), pp.67-94.
G. Phillips (2017). La transformación de la moral militar: armas y soldados en el campo de batalla del siglo XIX. Revista Universitaria de Historia Militar On-line. 6(11), pp.278-299.
G. Phillips (2014). Deviance, Persecution and the Roman Creation of Christianity. Journal of Historical Sociology. 29(2), pp.250-270.
G. Phillips (2013). Writing Horses into American Civil War History. WAR IN HISTORY. 20(2), pp.160-181.
G. Phillips (2011). Military morality transformed: Weapons and soldiers on the nineteenth-century Battlefield. Journal of Interdisciplinary History. 41(4), pp.565-590.
G. Phillips (2011). 'Who shall say that the days of cavalry are over?' The revival of the mounted arm in Europe, 1853-1914. War in History. 18(1), pp.5-32.
G. Phillips (2007). Scapegoat arm: Twentieth-century cavalry in Anglophone historiography. Journal of Military History. 71(1), pp.37-74.
G. Phillips (2003). Douglas Haig and the Development of Twentieth-Century Cavalry. Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association. 28, pp.142-162.
G. Phillips (2002). 'Of Nimble Service': Technology and Equestrianism and the Cavalry Arm of Early MOdern Western Armies. War & Society. 20(2), pp.1-21.
G. Phillips (2002). The obsolescence of the arme-blanche and technological determinism in British military history. WAR IN HISTORY. 9(1), pp.39-59.
G. Phillips (2001). To cry Home, Home!: Mutiny, morale and indiscipline in Tudor armies. JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY. 65(2), pp.313-332.
G. Phillips (2000). “Irish Ceatharnaigh in English Service, 1544-1550 and the development of ‘Gaelic Warfare’,”. Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research. 78, pp.163-172.
G. Phillips (1999). Longbow and hackbutt - Weapons technology and technology transfer in early modern England. TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE. 40(3), pp.576-593.
G. Phillips (1999). “Strategy and its Limits; The Anglo-Scots Wars 1480-1550,” , 6 (1999), pp.396-416. War in History. 6, pp.396-416.
G. Phillips (1998). In the shadow of Flodden: Tactics, technology and Scottish military effectiveness, 1513-1550. SCOTTISH HISTORICAL REVIEW. 77(204), pp.162-182.
G. Phillips (1997). An Army of Giants: Height and Medical Characteristics of Welsh Soldiers of the First World War. Archives: The Journal of the British Records Society. 22, pp.141-146.
G. Phillips (1997). The Army of Henry VIII: A Reassessment. Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research. 75, pp.8-22.
G. Phillips (1995). Dissertations and Databases, The Historian As Software Engineer. ALT-J: The Journal of Learning Technology. 3, pp.48-52.
G. Phillips (1993). 'Dai Bach y Soldiwr': Welsh Soldiers in the British Army 1914-1918. Llafur: Journal of Welsh Labour History. 6(2), pp.94-105.
G. Phillips (2018). Animals in and at War. H. Kean, P. Howell. In: The Routledge Companion to Animal-Human History. Routledge, pp.422-445.
G. Phillips (2015). “La Cavalerie au Combat au XIXe siècle,”. In: L’Âge D’Or de la Cavalerie. Gallimand,
G. Phillips (2012). Scotland in the age of the military revolution, 1488-1560. EM. Spiers, JA. Crang, MJ. Strickland. In: A Military History of Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp.182-208.
G. Phillips (2007). '"Of Nimble Service": Technology, Equestrianism and the Cavalry Arm of Early Modern European Armies,". In: Warfare in Early Modern Europe 1450-1660. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp.21-58.
G. Phillips "The pigeons of Passchendaele – and why animals still suffer and die in modern conflicts," The Conversation, 14/06/2017. The Conversation.
G. Phillips (2005). ‘Bosworth’, ‘Flodden’, ‘Pavia’, ‘Panipat,’ in Jeremy Black (Ed.) The Seventy Great Battles in History.
G. Phillips (2004). Edward Stanley, 1st Baron Monteagle,(1460?-1523)’, ‘Peter Whithorne (fl.1543-1563)’, ‘Sir Ralph Sadler, (1507-1587)’, ‘Sir George Bowes (1517-1556)’, ‘Sir William Molyneux (1483-1548)’ in New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
G. Phillips (2001). “Mesopotamia, 1914-1918”, “The Great Italian Wars, 1494-1544”, “The Valois-Habsburg Wars, 1529-1559”, “Anglo-French Wars of the Sixteenth Century”, Habsburg-Ottoman Wars 1614-1683”, “Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba (1453-1515)” in Charles Messenger (Ed.), The Reader’s Guide to Military History.
G. Phillips (2000). “Agincourt Massacre”, “Assurance”, “Ransom” and “Slavery” in Jonathan F.Vance (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Prisoners of War and Internment.