Philip W. Blood
Academia and Professional Career
My academic career began with a BA (Hons) degree at Lancaster University in Politics, Strategic Studies and Civil-Military Relations, tutored by professors Martin Edmonds, John Gooch and Zbynek Zeman. Then, while working at Lloyd's of London as a graduate trainee in political insurance and forensic claims analysis, I stepped out to gain an MBA (with distinction) from Aston University Business School. There, I specialised in operational research (Stafford Beer's cybernetic modelling) in financial institutions. This gave me a keen insight into the value of analytics and data-led research for more recent work.
I then became a reinsurance manager with the Allstate Insurance Company in Chicago, and subsequently joined the first British insurance company to be acquired by the People’s Republic of China. Two years later, I joined the board as Managing Director and began teaching history and leading battlefield / historical tours in my free time.
Although I started an MPhil at Birkbeck College, University of London, I transferred to a PhD with the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham, Cranfield University under Richard Holmes and Chris Bellamy. My experience tutoring at the Working Men's Education Association and Surrey University then enabled a smooth transfer to lecture at the RWTH-Aachen (Germany).
I was privileged to serve as Chief Administrator and Senior Fellow with the American Academy in Berlin under Henry Kissinger and Richard Holbrooke, setting austerity budgets against the effects of the global financial crash, and I worked as a historical advisor to the Association of the US Army for seven years.
As you might expect, I am working on my next book on Sicherheitskrieg (security warfare). You’ll find me advocating for public engagement and free access debates through internet forums - drop me an email if you’d like to find out more about this, about Birds of Prey, or anything I'm working on at the moment.
I am an independent historian and writer. Born in Manchester, England, I’m now a resident of Aachen, Germany, where I work as a full-time independent historian of social, cultural and digital histories.
In my latest book – Birds of Prey – I've used GIS software (Geographic Information System) and mapping to prove that the Luftwaffe, the German hunt and the state forestry were institutional perpetrators of Lebensraum and genocide. Previous research includes an in-depth study of Luftwaffe war crimes and participation in the Holocaust, and my PhD research was in Bandenbekämpfung – Nazi security warfare.
Steam Railways and Industrial Archaeology
When I’m not writing or researching, I enjoy taking an interest in standard gauge steam railways in Europe and the USA, and industrial archaeology. I’m a supporter of several industrial sites, and I also paint and collect model soldiers from the Seven Years' War, American Civil War, and Second World War.