Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation

Mr Harry Richards

  • Qualifications: BA History, University of Northampton (2012); MA History of Warfare, King’s College London (2014).
  • Role Title: Teaching Fellow
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
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  • Department: Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business and Law


I joined Portsmouth Business School as a Teaching Fellow in January 2018 after spending three years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Keele University. Within that role I delivered content to students at levels four and five, whilst also undertaking my PhD research. Prior to this, I studied for an MA in the History of Warfare at King’s College London.


I have a broad interest in the military, social, and cultural histories of the First World War. Although my research principally looks at the early development of the British intelligence machinery, my thesis attempts to amalgamate intelligence history with social and cultural approaches. As a consequence, I am currently working with the history of emotions to explore wartime fears of espionage.

Current Research Project

‘Popular Emotions and the Spy Threat in Britain during the First World War’.

This project analyses the way in which fears of foreign espionage were generated, interpreted, and experienced during the First World War. It challenges the traditional orthodoxy that suggests spy fever, as this anxiety was commonly known, was a ubiquitous phenomenon. Instead, it looks at the ways in which cultural standards and emotional communities influenced collective behaviour and individual feelings during the conflict.


 ‘Room 40 and German Intrigues in Morocco: Re-Assessing the Operation Impact of Diplomatic Cryptanalysis during World War One’, Intelligence and National Security 32/6 (2017) pp. 833-48.


British Commission for Military History, Royal Air Force Museum, London 

Social History Society, Lancaster University

International Intelligence History Association, Museum of Military History, Dresden

North American Conference on British Studies, Washington D.C.


Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Keele University

Western Front Association Postgraduate Bursary

David Bruce Centre for American Studies Travel Bursary