Alexander watson is professor of history at goldsmiths university of london in the uk i specialise in the history of the first world war especially in central europe and on the eastern front my books have won some prestigious prizes and my latest ring of steel was the sunday times history book of the year for 2014. Alexander james watson born 12 july 1979 is a british historian writer and professor he is the author of two books which focus on britain and central europe during world war i his most recent book ring of steel germany and austria hungary at war 1914 1918 won numerous awardscurrently watson is an exams officer and lecturer in history at goldsmiths university of london. Alexander watsons account of the central powers in the first world war is wonderfully lucid and enlightening writes ben shephard. In a year crowded with histories of world war i alexander watsons ring of steel makes a truly indispensable contribution in allowing us to see from the inside out this disastrous alliance between austria and imperial germany it is a mark of talent in a historian to take familiar narratives and open them to new interpretation. In ring of steel award winning historian alexander watson explores the experiences of the german and austro hungarian peoples and the ordeals that they faced at home and on the battlefield showing how wartime suffering undermined their fragile support for the war and eroded their sense of national unity
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