The Imperial & Global Forum is the blog of the Centre for Imperial and Global History at the History Department, University of Exeter. The Centre brings together the strong research expertise of the University’s eminent imperial historians. It comprises of one of the largest groups of imperial and global historians currently working in the UK. Our blog offers a dynamic exploration of imperial history, and we welcome guest submissions. Take part in the discussion by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed on this blog are those of the individual author, and do not represent the opinions of the Centre for Imperial & Global History or the editor.
Professor Richard Toye (Acting Centre Director), who specialises in British and international political and economic history in the period since 1867. His most recent books include The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill’s World War II Speeches (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013), and Churchill’s Empire: The World That Made Him and the World He Made (Macmillan, 2010). Follow on Twitter @RichardToye
Professor Andrew Thompson, whose research focuses on the relationships between British, Imperial and Global histories. His most recent work includes Empire and Globalisation. Networks of People, Goods and Capital in the British World, 1850-1914 (Cambridge, 2010), co-authored with Gary Magee; Writing Imperial Histories (Manchester University Press, 2013); Empire, Migration and Identity in the British World (Manchester University Press, 2013); and Britain’s Experience of Empire in the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Dr. Nandini Chatterlee, who works on law and cultural exchanges in the British and Mughal empires – with particular attention to religious identities, family formation, and the styling of selves. Her articles have appeared in American Historical Review and the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, among others, and her most recent book is The Making of Indian Secularism: Empire, Law and Christianity, 1830-1960 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
Dr. Gareth Curless, an ESRC Future Research Leader whose research focuses on the history of labour and trade unions in the British Empire, also with a broader interest in conflict and state building in post-colonial Africa. His doctoral thesis examined the emergence of organised labour activism in Sudan, aspects of which have appeared in Civil Wars and the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. He is also co-convener with Dr. Stacey Hynd of the Global & Imperial History Network for early career scholars.
Dr. Alex Fairfax-Cholmeley specialises in the French Revolution (1789-1799), the concept of ‘revolutionary justice’, and the mechanics and impact of the Terror of 1793-4. He is also interested in eighteenth-century French and European legal history more generally, and in integrating colonial angles of study into European history (in particular, the Haitian Revolution of the 1790s).
Dr. Stacey Hynd, whose broad interests lay in African gender histories, violence and warfare in Africa, and in imperial and global history. She has published numerous articles on these subjects, and her current book project is entitled Imperial Gallows: Capital Punishment, Violence and Colonial Rule in British Africa, c. 1908-68. She is also co-convener with Dr. Gareth Curliss of the Global & Imperial History Network for early career scholars.
Dr. Hao Gao is interested in the encounters between the British and Chinese empires in early processes of global interconnectedness, especially the mutual understandings and misunderstandings between Britain and China from the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century, and has published numerous articles in both English and Chinese journals.
Dr. Tehyun Ma, a historian of modern China and Taiwan, with a broad interest in the ideas and techniques of state-building and propaganda in republican China and Taiwan. Her work, which has appeared in the European Journal of East Asian Studies, has examined the takeover of Taiwan in 1945 and its first decade of rule under the the Chinese Nationalist government. Her current research project focuses on the transnational connections in shaping the rehabilitation and reconstruction of China after the Sino-Japanese War of 1947-1945.
Professor James Mark, whose research addresses the social and cultural history of state socialism in central-eastern Europe, the politics of memory in the area during both socialism and post-socialism, or aims to connect the region to broader global histories and processes through transnational and comparative methods. Among many other publications, his The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe (Yale University Press, 2010) was shortlisted for the 2011 Longman History Today Book Prize, and chosen as one of the ‘best books of 2011’ by Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Marc-William Palen is the founding editor of the Imperial & Global Forum. He specialises in the intersection of British and American imperialism within the broader history of globalization since c. 1800. His book, The ‘Conspiracy’ of Free Trade: The Anglo-American Struggle over Empire and Economic Globalisation, 1846-1896 (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Other scholarly publications on Anglo-American imperialism and globalization include articles in Diplomatic History, the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, and the Historical Journal. He is the co-director (with David Thackeray and Andrew Dilley) of the History & Policy Global Economics and History Forum in London. He was a Research Associate in U.S. Foreign Policy at the U.S. Studies Centre, University of Sydney from 2012-15. Follow on Twitter @MWPalen
Dr. Catriona Pennell, a historian of 19th and 20th century British and Irish history with a particular focus on the social and cultural history of the First World War and British imperial activity in the Middle East since the 1880s. Her most recent book is A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Dr. Tobias Rupprecht focuses upon transcontinental transfers and exchanges during the Cold War. He is especially interested in the role of both Latin America and Russia in the global history of the late 20th century. He has recently finished a book manuscript, contracted to appear with Cambridge University Press in 2015, which explores Latin American encounters with the Soviet Union and the ways in which arts and culture shaped the way common people in the so-called ‘Second’ and ‘Third Worlds’ made sense of the Global Cold War. In a follow up project, he is currently examining the impact of Chilean economic reforms under the military dictatorship on the transformation of Eastern European states around 1989.
Dr. Gajendra Singh studies the histories of colonialism in South Asia, with particular interests in the hybridities of Empire – of the networks of peoples and ideas that could make even the most marginal individuals polyglot, multicultural bodies. His previous work explored the war testimonies of Indian soldiers during the two World Wars. His current work is an investigation of communities of migrant Indian labourers across the Pacific and their connection to revolutionary movements at home and abroad. His recent monograph is The Testimonies of Indian Soldiers and Two World Wars: Between Self and Sepoy.
Dr. David Thackeray, whose current AHRC-funded research explores Britain’s global trade relationships, the idea of ‘Britishness’, and how these ideas were challenged by an increased globalisation of trade, decolonisation, and the competing appeal of cosmopolitanism. He has published in the Historical Journal and Historical Research, and his most recent book is Conservatism for the democratic age: Conservative cultures and the challenge of mass politics in early twentieth century England (Manchester University Press, 2013).He is the co-director (with Marc-William Palen and Andrew Dilley) of the History & Policy Global Economics and History Forum in London. Follow on Twitter @d_thackeray
Professor Martin Thomas, currently working on the causes and consequences of the collapse of French and British colonial empires in Africa and Asia. He is especially interested in patterns of decolonization and the incidence or avoidance of colonial conflict after 1918. His most recent book is Violence and Colonial Order: Police, Workers and Protest in the European Colonial Empires, 1918-40 (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Dr. Rebecca Williams specialises in the history of medicine in modern South Asia, particularly the politics of health and development in post-independence India. Her PhD research addressed the establishment of population control programmes in 1950s India, examining the role of the Indian state and of transnational organisations.
Dr. Gregorio Bettiza (Lecturer, Politics Department) works on International Relations (IR) theory, religion and civilizational analysis, non-liberal norms, and identities, with a particular area focus on American foreign policy, transatlantic relations and the Middle East. Before joining Exeter, he was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014) at the European University Institute (EUI).
Professor Regenia Gagnier (Professor, English Department) is Editor of the Global Circulation Project and Associate Editor of the journals Feminist Economics and Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. Her books have shaped the study of Victorian and modern culture with highly influential work on decadence, aesthetics and aestheticism, lifewriting and subjectivity, economics, individualism, and globalization. Her most recent book is Individualism, Decadence and Globalization: On the Relationship of Part to Whole, 1859-1920 (2010).
Dr. William Gallois (Senior Lecturer, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies) leads the Middle East Humanities Research Cluster and specializes in the history of colonial North Africa and, more generally, relations between the European and Arab-Islamic worlds from the medieval to the modern period. His most recent book is A History of Violence in the Early Algerian Colony (2013).
Prof. David Inglis (Professor, Sociology Department) works in the areas of sociology of culture, cultural sociology, sociology of art and aesthetics, sociology of food, history of sociology, classical sociology, modern social theory, sociology of the ancient world and cosmopolitanism. He is the founding editor of the journal Cultural Sociology. His publications include the 4-volume Cosmopolitanism (2010), and, with D Gimlin, The Globalization of Food (2009).
Professor Elena Isayev (Associate Professor, Classics Department) is a historian who uses the ancient Mediterranean, and in particular Italy, as a way to explore questions about society, belonging and perception. Her most recent book is Inside Ancient Lucania: Dialogues in History and Archaeology (2007).
Professor Steve McCorriston (Professor, Business School) is Professor of Agricultural Economics. He has acted as a consultant to the OECD, the UN FAO, DEFRA as well as private organisations. He is currently coordinating the Transparency of Food Pricing (TRANSFOP) project, a €1 Million EU-wide project funded by the European Commission, the Consortium involving 13 universities and research institutes across 10 EU countries.
Dr. James Onley (Senior Lecturer, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies) specializes in Gulf history, politics, society, and culture. Prior to entering academia, he served in the Canadian Army for 12 years and was a UN peacekeeper in Iraq at the end of the Iran–Iraq War (1988). He is editor of the Journal of Arabian Studies and book series editor of Britain and the World. Among his many publications is his forthcoming book India and the Gulf: Trade, Society, and Empire, 1507-1947 (2016).
Dr. Martin Pitts (Senior Lecturer, Classics Department) is an archaeologist whose research investigates the consumption and circulation of artefacts as indicators of historical globalising processes, in terms of both overarching mechanisms and their impacts on local cultural practices. His most recent book, co-authored with MJ Versluys, is Globalisation and the Roman world: World history, connectivity and material culture (2014).
Dr Martin Robson (Lecturer, Strategy and Security Institute) works on the formulation and implementation of British policy and grand strategy. His historical work encompasses numerous aspects of eighteenth and nineteenth century naval and military history in a global context including aspects of seapower, joint operations and economic warfare. His publications include, among many others, A History of the Royal Navy: The Napoleonic Wars (London: I.B.Tauris, 2014).
Professor James Ryan (Associate Professor, Geography Department) is a historical and cultural geographer. His research interests lie in three main areas: Geographies of colonialism and post-colonialism; photography, visual culture and geography; and the history of geographical knowledge and science. Among his recent publications is his co-authored Power and Dominion: Photography and the Imperial Durbars of British India (2010).
Professor Doug Stokes (Professor, Politics Department) specialises in US foreign policy, international security and transatlantic grand strategy. His most recent co-authored monograph is Global Energy Security and American Hegemony (2010). He is Director of Exeter’s Centre for Advanced International Studies (CAIS).
Dr. Paul Young (Senior Lecturer, English Department) His research and teaching interests focus predominantly upon the cultural dimensions of imperialism and globalization in the Victorian period. His first book is Globalization and the Great Exhibition: The Victorian New World Order (2009).