Adam Storring – Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London
Adam Storring is a Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. His work seeks to integrate military history and the history of science and knowledge, specifically concerning Prussian King Frederick II’s military ideas as informed by intellectual influences, challenging assumptions regarding eighteenth-century ‘German militarism’.
Early Life and Education
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Achievement and Honors
Adam Storring’s dissertation Frederick the Great and the Meanings of War has won Adam the 2019 Andre Corvisier Prize from the International Commission on Military History. This award recognizes the best PhD thesis defended over the previous year in military history. Storring’s work aims to develop an objective cultural understanding of Prussian King Frederick III’s legacy while his research shows he wasn’t just a successful military commander but an innovative military thinker that contributed significantly to modern understandings of warfare.
Storring holds both RECS-Voltaire Fellowship and Lecturer status at King’s College London. In addition, he serves on the editorial board for International Journal of Military History and Historiography as well as being part of AAG Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
Dr Adam Storring is Research Fellow in Military History at the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Research Institute (RECS, Stiftung Preussischen Schlosser und Garten Berlin-Brandenburg). His current project seeks to integrate military theory with knowledge history by studying Frederick the Great of Prussia (1740 – 1786). His dissertation entitled Frederick the Great and the Meanings of War 1740-1755 won him the Andre Corvisier Prize 2019; its findings demonstrated how Frederick instead took inspiration from both traditional kingship ideas a la Louis XIV or Enlightenment theories put forth by Voltaire; rather, Frederick took inspiration from both.
Adam completed A-levels in History, Latin, and Politics before enrolling at St John’s College Oxford for his History studies where he received two first class honors degrees. Following this he studied an MPhil in Historical Studies at Cambridge before working for some time both with the Civil Service and at a leprosy charity before returning to St John’s to complete a PhD thesis on eighteenth-century German history at St John’s.