Jim joined the University of Northampton in the summer of 2012, having previously taught military history at the University of Salford. He is a military historian with a broad interest in Britain’s security during the era of Total War (1914-1945).
- HIS1015 Blood & Iron: Europe, 1815-1914
- HIS2014 First World War
- HIS3027 Secret State: British Intelligence, 1558-1994
Jim’s primary research interest is British intelligence during the First World War. He recently published Haig’s Intelligence (2013), a monograph that explored British perceptions of the German army on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918.
- Beach, J. (2015) Scouting for brigands: British Tank Corps Reconnaissance and Intelligence, 1916-1918. In: Searle, A. (ed.) Genesis, Employment, Aftermath: First World War Tanks and the New Warfare, 1900-1945. Solihull: Helion. pp. 108-135.
- Schürhoff, V. and Beach, J. (2015) The Diary of Corporal Vince Schürhoff, 1914-1918. Stroud: History Press. 9780750966009.
- Beach, J. (2013) Haig’s Intelligence: GHQ and the German Army, 1916-1918. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 9781107039612.
- Beach, J. (2013) No cloaks, no daggers: the historiography of British Military Intelligence. In: Moran, C. R. and Murphy, C. J. (eds.) Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography Since 1945. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 202-221.
- Beach, J. (2012) Issued by the General Staff: doctrine writing at British GHQ, 1917-1918. War in History. 19(4), pp. 464-491. 0968-3445.
- Beach, J. (2010) Bolshevising the Army? Lord Gorell and Army Education, 1918-1920. Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research. 88(354), pp. 170-198. 0037-9700.
- Beach, J. (2010) The Military Papers of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Cuthbert Headlam, 1910-1942. Stroud: History Press. 9780752458465.
- Beach, J. (2008) De l’Art de la reconnaissance au Livre Jaune: le renseignement militaire britannique, 1902-1915 [translated by Oliver Lahie]. Guerres Mondiales et Conflits Contemporains. 232, pp. 105-128. 0984-2292.
- Beach, J. (2008) Intelligent civilians in uniform: the British Expeditionary Force’s Intelligence Corps Officers, 1914-1918. War & Society. 27(1), pp. 1-22. 0729-2473.
- Beach, J. (2008) Soldier education in the British Army, 1920-2007. History of Education. 37(5), pp. 679-699. 0046-760X.
- Beach, J. (2007) British intelligence and German tanks, 1916-1918. War in History. 14(4), pp. 454-475. 0968-3445.
- Beach, J. (2007) Origins of the special intelligence relationship? Anglo-American intelligence co-operation on the Western Front, 1917-18. Intelligence and National Security. 22(2), pp. 229-249. 0268-4527.
- Beach, J. (2006) The British Army, the Royal Navy, and the ‘big work’ of Sir George Aston, 1904-1914. The Journal of Strategic Studies. 29(1), pp. 145-168. 0140-2390.