Jean Bou

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Dr Bou is a lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre where his teaching duties include lecturing at the Australian Command and Staff College and in the undergraduate program at Acton. A historian he is a graduate of the University of Queensland and holds a PhD in History from the University of New South Wales (at the Australian Defence Force Academy). In 2006 he joined the SDSC as a researcher for the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations and has remained involved with that project, being the co-author of the forthcoming fourth volume. Dr Bou has also been a historian in the Military History Section of the Australian War Memorial, during which time he remained a Visiting Fellow at the SDSC. He is the author or co-editor of several books on Australian military history.

Research interests

Dr Bou has a particular interest Australian military history from before federation to today, with an emphasis on aspects of late-colonial/early federation defence, the First and Second World Wars. His interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Australian military history
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century operational military history
  • Australia and the First World War
  • History of warfare
  • Peacekeeping operations


B.A. (Hons), PhD (UNSW)

Researcher's projects

Dr Bou's current research projects include:

  • Co-writing a volume of the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations
  • Co-writing an institutional history of the Australian Imperial Force,
  • Writing a small book on Australian Army operations of the Korean War in 1950–51;
  • Another longer-term project looking into the Syrian Campaign of 1941.

Expertise Areas

  • Defence Studies
  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)


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