Publications

Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War (2014)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/gclark'>Gemma Clark</a> Fight or Flight: Britain, France and their Roads from Empire (2014)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/thomas'>Martin Thomas</a> The New York Times The Complete World War 2 1939-1945 (2013)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/overy'>Richard Overy</a> The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945 (2013)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/overy'>Richard Overy</a> The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill's World War II Speeches (2013)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/toye'>Richard Toye</a> A Kingdom United (2012)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/pennell'>Catriona Pennell</a> Churchill's Empire: The World that Made Him and the World He Made (2011)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/toye'>Richard Toye</a> The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe (2010)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/mark'>James Mark</a> The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon (2009)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/black'>Jeremy Black</a> 1939: Countdown to War (2009)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/overy'>Richard Overy</a> The Morbid Age: Britain between the Wars (2009)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/overy'>Richard Overy</a> Parties at War: Political Organisation in Second World War Britain (2009)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/thorpe'>Andrew Thorpe</a> The Crises of Empire: Decolonization and Europe's Imperial States, 1918-1975 (2008)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/staff/thomas/'>Martin Thomas</a>, Bob Moore and L. J. Butler A History of the British Labour Party (3rd Edition) (2008)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/thorpe'>Andrew Thorpe</a> Empires of Intelligence. Security Services and Colonial Control After 1914 (2007)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/thomas'>Martin Thomas</a> Lloyd George and Churchill: Rivals for Greatness (2007)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/toye'>Richard Toye</a> Jeanne Hyvrard, Wounded Witness (2007)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/vassallo'>Helen Vassallo</a> European Warfare in a Global Context, 1660-1815 (2006)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/black'>Jeremy Black</a> Beyond the Huddled Masses (2006)<br /><a href='http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/staff/allerfeldt'>Kristofer Allerfeldt</a>

2014

Gemma Clark. Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Martin Thomas. Fight or Flight: Britain, France and their Roads from Empire (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Although shattered by war, in 1945 Britain and France still controlled the world's two largest colonial empires, with imperial territories stretched over four continents. And they appeared determined to keep them: the roll-call of British and French politicians, soldiers, settlers and writers who promised in word and print at this time to defend their colonial possessions at all costs is a long one. Yet, within twenty years both empires had almost completely disappeared. Fight or Flight is the first ever comparative account of this dramatic collapse, explaining the end of the the British and French colonial empires after 1945. The book analyses these events as an intertwined, even co-dependent process. Decolonization gathered momentum, not as an empire-specific affair, but as a global one, in which the wider march of twentieth-century history played a vital part: industrial concentration and global depression, World War and Cold War, Communism and other anti-colonial ideologies, mass consumerism and the allure of American popular culture. Above all, the book explains how the internationalisation of colonial affairs made it impossible to contain colonial problems locally, spelling the end for Europe's two largest colonial empires in less than two decades from the end of the Second World War.

2013

Richard Toye. The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill's World War II Speeches (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013)

Richard Toye's book The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill's World War II Speeches offers an important new take on some of the most famous speeches in history. The popular story of Churchill's war-time rhetoric is a simple one: the British people were energised and inspired by his speeches, which were almost universally admired and played an important role in the ultimate victory over Nazi Germany. Using survey evidence and the diaries of ordinary people, Toye shows how reactions to Churchill's speeches at the time were often very different from what we have always been led to expect. His first speeches as Prime Minister in the dark days of 1940 were by no means universally acclaimed – indeed, many people thought that he was drunk during his famous 'finest hour' broadcast – and there is little evidence that they made a decisive difference to the British people's will to fight on. In actual fact, as Toye shows, mass enthusiasm sat side-by-side with considerable criticism and dissent from ordinary people. Yes, there were speeches that stimulated, invigorated, and excited many. But there were also speeches which caused depression and disappointment in many others, and which sometimes led to workplace or family arguments. Yet this more complex reality has been consistently obscured from the historical record by the overwhelming power of a treasured national myth. The first systematic, archive based examination of Churchill's World War II rhetoric as a whole, The Roar of the Lion considers his oratory not merely as a series of 'great speeches', but as calculated political interventions which had diplomatic repercussions far beyond the effect on the morale of listeners in Britain.

Richard Overy. The Bombing War: Europe 1939–1945. London, Allen Lane, 2013.

2012

Catriona Pennell. A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2012)

2010

Richard Toye. Churchill's Empire: The World That Made Him and the World He Made (Macmillan, 2010)

James Mark. The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe (Yale University Press, 2010)

2009

Jeremy Black. The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon (Campaigns and Commanders series) (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009)

Richard Overy. The Morbid Age: Britain between the Wars (Penguin, 2009)

Richard Overy. 1939: Countdown to War (Penguin, 2009)

Andrew Thorpe. Parties at War: Political Organisation in Second World War Britain (Oxford University Press, 2009)

2008

Martin Thomas with B Moore and LJ Butler. Crises of Empire: Decolonization and Europe's Imperial States, 1918–1975 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2008)

Andrew Thorpe. A History of the British Labour Party (3rd Edition) (Palgrave, 2008)

2007

James Mark. 'Containing Fascism: History in Post-Communist Baltic Occupation and Genocide Museums', in Oksana Sarkisova and Péter Apor (eds), Past for the Eyes: East European Representations of Communism in Cinema and Museums after 1989 (CEU Press, 2007)

Martin Thomas. Empires of Intelligence. Security Services and Colonial Control after 1914 (University of California Press, 2007)

Richard Toye. Lloyd George and Churchill: Rivals for Greatness (Macmillan, 2007)

Helen Vassallo. Jeanne Hyvrard, Wounded Witness: The Body Politic and the Illness Narrative (Peter Lang, 2007)

2006

Kristofer Allefeldt. Beyond the Huddled Masses: American Immigration and the Treaty of Versailles (IB Taurus, 2006)

Jeremy Black. European Warfare in a Global Context, 1660–1815 (Routledge, 2006)

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