I’m Erica Charters, a historian at the University of Oxford, where I teach and research the history of war, the history of empires, and the history of disease.  You can read more about my research here and also follow me @ EricaCharters.

Thanks go to fellow-SHD researcher Bruno Dupré for the photo

I promise you that I have a life beyond history, but I also enjoy being at the archives – this is me getting excited about military records at the major French military archives, the Service historique de la Défense just outside Paris at Vincennes, in the aptly-named Salle de Louis XIV (notice the painting behind).

Shameless plug: feel free to buy my book Disease, War, and the Imperial State or my co-edited collection Civilians and War.