Samuel McLean is a recent graduate of the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. His research examined the relationship between military institutional development and state development following regime change, specifically between the Royal Navy and the English/British state from the Restoration in 1660, to the replacement of the Articles of War in 1749. Sam’s primary research interests are in the processes of institutional definition and development. Although trained primarily as a historian, his research is heavily influenced by sociology, anthropology and computer science. Samuel also combines his love of history with a love computers and technology, and is interested in the potential that social media, the internet and computer science have that can be applied to the study of history.
Samuel received a BA(Hons) in history from the University of Guelph, and then completed a Master of Arts in History in the Tri University Program from Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Guelph, and the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr Roger Sarty. He has been twice awarded the Canadian Nautical Research Society’s Gerry Panting Award for Young Scholars. Samuel has presented at several conferences including CNRS conferences in 2010 and 2011, the 2012 “Britain and the Sea” at the University of Plymouth, and the 2013 “Navy and the Nation 1688 to the Present” at the National Maritime Museum. Presentations include a September 2013 Lunchtime Lecture at the National Army Museum in London. He has had several book reviews published in Northern Mariner, as well as an essay on the academic use of social media in Argonauta.
Sam has recently become a Councillor for the Canadian Nautical Research Society, and can be found on Twitter at @Canadian_Errant. Samuel’s Blog on this Site is “From the Gunroom”. Sam is available to consult on historical projects, conduct research, and also provide technical services such as webmaster and web development for academic projects. He can be contacted here.