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Department of Theology and Religion

Profiles

Canon Professor Michael Snape

Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43966
Room number: Dun Cow Cottage 201

Contact Canon Professor Michael Snape (email at michael.snape@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Michael Snape is Durham University’s inaugural Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies. He is also an ecumenical lay canon of Durham Cathedral, the convenor of Durham University’s Anglican Studies Research Seminar, the Honorary Secretary of the Church of England Record Society, and the official historian of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department.

He was awarded a first class Honours degree in History and Theology at the University of Birmingham in 1990 and was awarded a PhD in Theology in 1994 for his dissertation on Anglicanism in eighteenth-century England, which was supervised at Birmingham by Professor Hugh McLeod. He was Lecturer in Church History at Westhill College of Higher Education from 1994 to 1999; Lecturer in Church History in the School of Education and the Department of Theology at the University of Birmingham from 1999 to 2004; and Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Birmingham from 2004 to 2010. He became Reader in Religion War and Society at the University of Birmingham in 2010. He was appointed to Durham in 2015.

His first monograph, The Church of England in Industrialising Society: the Lancashire parish of Whalley in the eighteenth century was published by Boydell and Brewer in 2003. Since then his publications have focused on religion and the experience of war in Britain and North America c.1700-1950, and his books include The Redcoat and Religion: the forgotten history of the British soldier from the age of Marlborough to the eve of the First World War (Routledge, 2005); God and the British soldier: religion and the British Army in the First and Second World Wars (Routledge, 2005); The Royal Army Chaplains’ Department, 1796-1953: clergy under fire (Boydell and Brewer, 2008); The Back Parts of War: The YMCA memoirs and letters of Barclay Baron, 1915 to 1919 (Church of England Record Society, Volume 16, 2009); and (co-edited with Edward Madigan) The Clergy in Khaki: New Perspectives on British Army Chaplaincy in the First World War (Ashgate, 2013). His fifth monograph, God and Uncle Sam: Religion and America’s Armed Forces in World War II was published by Boydell and Brewer in May 2015.

 

Books

God and Uncle Sam: Religion and America’s Armed Forces in World War II, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 688 pp. ISBN: 9781843838920.

The Clergy in Khaki: New Perspectives on British Army Chaplaincy in the First World War (co-edited with Edward Madigan), Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013, xvi + 211 pp. ISBN: 1409430006.

Secularisation in the Christian World (co-edited with Callum Brown), Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010, x + 232 pp. ISBN: 9780754661313.

The Back Parts of War: The YMCA memoirs and letters of Barclay Baron, 1915 to 1919, Church of England Record Society, Volume 16, 2009, xiii + 290 pp. ISBN: 9781843835196.

The Royal Army Chaplains’ Department, 1796-1953: clergy under fire, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2008, xviii + 480pp. ISBN: 9781843833468.

God and the British soldier: religion and the British Army in the First and Second World Wars, London: Routledge, 2005, xv + 315 pp. ISBN: 0415334527. Shortlisted for the Templer Medal for Military History in 2005.

The Redcoat and Religion: the forgotten history of the British soldier from the age of Marlborough to the eve of the First World War, London: Routledge, 2005, x + 319 pp. ISBN: 0415377153. Shortlisted for the Templer Medal for Military History in 2005.

The Church of England in Industrialising Society: the Lancashire parish of Whalley in the eighteenth century, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2003, xii + 228 pp. ISBN: 1843830140.

 

Journal articles

(Forthcoming) ‘A Review of Research on the Religious History of the Great War: England, Scotland and Wales’, Revue d’histoire de l’Église de France, ISSN: 0300-9505.

‘Foxhole Faith and Funk Religion: Anglo-American Perspectives from Two World Wars’, New Blackfriars, 96, 2015. ISSN: 0028-4289.

‘Anglican Army Chaplains in the First World War: Goodbye to Goodbye to All That’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 62, 2011, 318-345. ISSN: 00220469.

‘British Catholicism and the British Army in the First World War’, Recusant History, 26, 2002, 314-58. ISSN: 00341932.

'Poverty and the Northern Clergy in the Eighteenth Century: the Parish of Whalley, 1689-1789', Northern History, 26, 2000, 283-97. ISSN: 0078172X.

‘Anti-Methodism in eighteenth-century England: the Pendle Forest Riots of 1748’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 90, 1998, 257-81. ISSN: 00220469.

‘“The Surey Demoniack”: Demonic Possession and Religious Conflict in Seventeenth Century Lancashire’, Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, 90, 1994, 93-114. ISSN: 09504699.

 

Other peer-reviewed publications

Revisiting Religion and the British Soldier in the First World War, London: Dr. Williams’s Trust, 2015, 42 pp. ISBN: 978-0-85217-083-0.

‘Civilians, Soldiers and Perceptions of the Afterlife in Britain during the First World War’ in P. Clarke and T. Claydon (eds), ‘The Church, the Afterlife and the Fate of the Soul’ in Studies in Church History, 45, 2009, 371-403. ISBN: 9780954680954.

‘British Military Chaplaincy in Early Victorian India’ in G. Teulié (ed.) ‘Victorian Representations of War’, Cahiers Victoriens et Édouardiens, 66, 2007, 357-87, ISSN: 02205610.

‘British Army Chaplains and Capital Courts-Martial in the First World War’ in K. Cooper and J. Gregory (eds), ‘Retribution, Repentance, and Reconciliation’, Studies in Church History, 40, 2004, 357-68. ISBN: 0952973391.

 

Chapters in books

(Forthcoming) ‘GI Religion and Post-War Revival in the United States and Great Britain’ in D.H. McLeod and D. Hempton (eds), Secularization in the United States and Europe, Oxford: OUP.

 

(Forthcoming) ‘War and Peace’ in J. Morris (ed.), The Oxford History of Anglicanism: Global Western Anglicanism, 1914-Present, Oxford: OUP.

(Forthcoming), ‘Twilight of the Padres: the end of British Military Chaplaincy in India’ in T. Brekke and V. Tikhonov (eds), Military Chaplaincy in an Era of Religious Pluralism, Delhi: OUP.

‘Front Line I: Armed Forces at War’ in Richard Overy (ed.), The Oxford Illustrated History of World War II, Oxford: OUP, 2013, 258-92. ISBN: 9780199605828.

‘The First World War and the Chaplains of British India’ in M. Snape and E. Madigan (eds), The Clergy in Khaki: New Perspectives on British Army Chaplains in the First World War, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013, pp. 143-167. ISBN: 1409430006.

‘Archbishop Davidson’s visit to the Western Front, May 1916’ in M. Barber and S.J.C. Taylor (eds), From the Reformation to the Permissive Society: A Miscellany in Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Lambeth Palace Library, Church of England Record Society, 2010, pp. 455-520. ISBN: 9781843835585.

‘War, Religion and Revival: the United States, British and Canadian Armies in the Second World War’ in C. Brown and M. Snape (eds), Secularisation in the Christian World, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010, pp. 135-57. ISBN: 9780754661313.

‘The Great War’ in D.H. McLeod (ed.), The Cambridge History of Christianity: World Christianities c.1914-c.2000, Cambridge: C.U.P., 2006, 131-50, ISBN: 13 9780521815000.

‘The Church in a Lancashire Parish: Whalley, 1689-1800’ in J. Gregory and J. Chamberlain (eds), The National Church in Local Perspective, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2002, 243-63. ISBN: 0851158978.

‘Keeping Faith and Coping: Belief, Popular Religiosity and the British People in Two World Wars’inP. Liddle, T. Whitehead and J. Bourne (eds), The Great World War 1914-45 Vol. 2 The People’s Experience, London: Harper Collins, 2001, 398-420. ISBN: 0007116330.

 

Conference proceedings

‘La YMCA et le Soldat Britannique Durant la Première Guerre Mondiale’ in X. Boniface and F. Cochet (eds), Foi, religions et sacré dans la Grand Guerre, Arras: Artois Presses Université, 2014.

 

‘“Our Happy Reformation”: Anglicanism and Society in a Northern Parish, 1689-1789’, in J.P. Massaut and M.E. Hennau (eds), La Christianisation des Campagnes, Brussels: L'Institut Historique Belge de Rome, 1996, 46-55. ISBN: 9074461174.

 

Other publications

‘The Church at the Front: The Church of England and the British Soldier in the First World War’, Lambeth Palace Library Annual Review, 2014, 86-114.

‘The Bible, the British and the First World War’, The Bible in Transmission, Summer 2014, 17-20.

‘Priests as Combatant Officers in the First World War’, Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, 88, 2010, 98-100.

‘“Holy Grocery”: Reconsidering a forgotten ministry to the Army’, Journal of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department, 44, 2005, 53-55.

‘Proclamation and the Great War: Reconsidering British military chaplaincy in the two World Wars’, Journal of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department, 43, 2004, 6-8.

 

Publications

Chapter in book

  • Snape, Michael (2017). War and Peace. In The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume IV. Global Western Anglicanism, c.1910-present. Morris, Jeremy Oxford: Oxford University Press. 214-242.
  • Snape, Michael (2016). Twilight of the Padres: the End of British Military Chaplaincy in India. In Military Chaplaincy in an Era of Religious Pluralism: Military-Religious Nexus in Asia, Europe, and USA. Brekke, Torkel & Tikhonov, Vladimir New Delhi, India: Oxford University Press. 202-227.

Journal Article

Supervises