Dr Marvin Benjamin Fried

Dr Marvin Benjamin Fried

Guest Teacher

Department of International History

Room No
Office Hours
Lent Term: Thursday, 7pm to 8pm
Key Expertise
Grand Strategy, Civil-Military Relations; WWI Central Powers

About me

My research focuses on the grand strategy, alliance diplomacy, and civil-military relations of the Central Powers during the First World War, with particular emphasis on Austria-Hungary. I completed my Ph.D. in International History at the LSE in 2011 with a work entitled "War Aims and Peace Conditions: Austro-Hungarian Foreign Policy in the Balkans, 1914-1918." The monograph stemming from this research was published in July 2014 during the Centenary commemorations of the First World War. My wider research interests include the History of International Relations, International Security Policy, Central and Eastern European History, and International History 1867-1945.

Expertise Details

Grand Strategy; Alliance Diplomacy and Civil-Military Relations of the Central Powers during the First World War


Dr Marvin Fried teaches the following course at undergraduate level:

HY226 - The Great War, 1914-1918



Austro-Hungarian War Aims in the Balkans during World War I. © Palgrave Macmillan, London, July 2014.

Edited volumes

• “‘A Life and Death Question’: Austro-Hungarian War Aims in the First World War,” in Afflerbach, H. (ed.) The Purpose of First World War - War Aims and Strategy during the Great War 1914-18, © Oldenburg, Germany, 2015.


• “The Cornerstone of Balkan Power Projection: Austro-Hungarian War Aims and the Problem of Albanian Neutrality, 1914–1918,” Diplomacy & Statecraft, 23:1–21, 2012

• “Feldmarschall Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf,Mitteilungen des Österreichischen Staatsarchivs (Journal of the Austrian National Archives) MÖStA, Bd. 52, 2007

• “Security and Fundamentalism in Uzbekistan: Challenges for U.S. Engagement,” International Affairs Review, Vol. XV, No. 1, 49 – 68, Spring 2006

• “Brockdorff-Rantzau and the Struggle for a Just Peace,” Diplomacy & Statecraft, 16: 403-416, 2005

Book reviews

Review of July Crisis – The World’s Descent Into War, Summer 1914, by T. G. Otte, History, 2016

Review of The Resurrection and Collapse of Empire in Habsburg Serbia, 1914–1918,The International History Review, 33:3, 550-551, 2011


Papers and talks

Honours and awards

  • UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Award, 2007-2009.
  • Research Studentship Scheme Award, LSE, 2006-2009.
  • Graduate Fellowship, International History Institute, Boston University, 2005.
  • William J. Newman Award for Excellence in International Relations, Boston University, 2003.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Epsilon of Massachusetts Chapter, Boston University, 2003.