Saul David

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Saul David
Born Julian Saul David
Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
Education Ampleforth College
Alma mater

Professor Julian Saul David (born 1966) is a British academic military historian and broadcaster. He is best known for his work on the Indian Mutiny and the Anglo-Zulu War, as well as for presenting and appearing in documentaries on British television covering imperial and military themes.

Of Armenian ancestry through his father and originally named Davidian,[1] David was born in Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales, and was educated at various local schools in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire before studying for his A-levels at Ampleforth College.[2] He studied for an MA in history at Edinburgh University for which he was awarded a 2-1, and read for his PhD at the University of Glasgow.[2][3] He was Visiting Chair in Military History at the University of Hull for 2007 - 2008.[4] In 2009 he was appointed professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham and has since been directing the institution's MA programme.[5]

David's books include The Indian Mutiny, which was shortlisted for the Duke of Westminster's Medal for Military Literature,[3] Military Blunders, Zulu: the Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year[6]) and Zulu and Victoria’s Wars. He has presented and appeared in a number of BBC programmes, including Zulu: The True Story, Time Commanders, The Greatest Knight (2008) and Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How to really win at war (2012).[7][8]


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  1. ^ Josh Weiss, Historian Saul David Discusses Israel’s Famous Entebbe Operation And How He Tracked Down A German Fugitive, The New York Blueprint, 03/15/2018
  2. ^ a b Sale, Jonathan (12 June 2008). "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Saul David, historian and broadcaster". The Independent. London. Retrieved 28 July 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Saul David profile on Penguin Books". Retrieved 28 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Academic staff profiles at". Retrieved 28 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "MA Military History". The University of Buckingham. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "BBC History, Zulu: The True Story". Retrieved 28 July 2008. 
  7. ^ Saul David at
  8. ^ Raeside, Julia; Stubbs, David; Catterall, Ali; Mueller, Andrew; Wright, Jonathan; O'Neill, Phelim (1 February 2012). "TV highlights 02/02/2012". The Guardian. London: 1 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 

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