Extras

Mike pursued a career as an academic between 1984 and 1987 and as a journalist between 1988 and 1993; he has continued to contribute to a variety of newspapers and magazines. He had a column in Maxim for many years and has written and reviewed for numerous national papers, as well as contributing to several books.

This page links to a full, free, pdf download of his 1990 King's College London PhD thesis, British Submarine Policy 1853-1918 [clicking on this link opens a new download page outside this site]. This thesis runs to 367 pages and is (very unusually) fully indexed. Note that although the display on the hosting site seems to suggest the scan is very poor quality, it's actually fine once you download it.

The abstract states: "The submarine is used as a case study to examine British attitudes to developing naval technology. Study of the Royal Navy's submarine policy suggests that the Admiralty was less conservative and more able than is often supposed. The British were thoroughly conversant with all significant developments in underwater warfare from 1853, There was an early, if abstract, appreciation of the potential of submarine boats, but a distinction must be drawn between adequate technical assessments of early submarines and inadequate appreciation of the strategic consequence of developments in submarine warfare."

There are also links to some of Mike's journalism within the site itself. You can read about Great American election scandals or see rundowns of history's worst rulers and the ten strangest royal nicknames. Elsewhere on the site are some capsule biographies of unusual Victorians, drawn from English Heritage's recent book The Movers and Shakers of Victorian England. Finally, browse Mike's pick of the world's 20 most peculiar books or a selection of his Forteana.