The Department of History is home to a number of research projects funded by organisations such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Wellcome Trust.
Understanding Insurgencies: Resonances from the Colonial Past
In spite of increasing interest in the history of counterinsurgency and empire, we lack comparative studies of colonial responses to armed insurrection, civil disorder, anti-colonial paramilitaries and other irregular forces. This project seeks to redress this imbalance by analysing colonial counterinsurgency and its contemporary legacies from a comparative perspective.
More than simple comparisons of violent insurrections in individual colonies at the end of European Empire, this network project begins from the proposition that insurgencies, revolutionary social movements, their propaganda and methods of action were inherently transnational and inter-connected. Transnational activism, popular mobilisation, and the targeting of civilians by ethnicity or communal attachment are apparent in the actions of numerous contemporary insurgent movements. So, too, intelligence-led counter-insurgency, punitive aerial bombardment, and patronage of loyalist militias have guided – or misguided – government responses to numerous contemporary civil conflicts from Latin America, through Africa North and South of the Sahara, to the Middle East and South East Asia.
Coordinated by Martin Thomas and Gareth Curless of Exeter’s Centre for the Study of War, State and Society (CWSS), the network brings together seven University partners: Exeter, Oxford, Warwick, Glasgow, CNRS Paris, Université de Québec, and KITLV Leiden.
- Testing the hypothesis: repression compared
- The laws of war and targets of violence
- Punishments and rewards
- Political economies of colonial violence and counter-insurgency
- Colonial insurgencies as transnational phenomena
- Ending insurgency: ruptures and reconciliations
The eight Network workshop events will allow specialist scholars from the UK and overseas to refine ideas about the nature of late colonial conflict, the ways in which colonial security forces responded to it, and the ensuing patterns of violence, rights abuses, and legacies of inter-communal distrust that resulted.
Major research projects
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Other research projects
|Project title||PI||Awarding body||Amount in £s||Year of Award||Research Centre|
|Religious Education in Medieval England: A 13th Century Priest's manual and its Manuscript Context||Catherine Rider||British Academy||1,386||2008|
|Fraternal Organisations in 20th Century America||Kristofer Allerfeldt||Nuffield Foundation||3,320||2009|
|The Good Works of Others||Henry French||British Academy||4,877||2010|
|The John Tyndall Correspondence Project||Richard Noakes||Montana State University||2,373||2010|
|Prisoners as Patients: Homosexuality and Same-Sex Desire in German Prisoner of War Camps in the United States during World War II||Matthias Reiss||Wellcome trust||1,370||2010|
|Catastrophe, Community and Environment: The Impact of the Torrey Canyon Oil Disaster on Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly||Tim Cooper||British Academy||6,945||2011|
|Havelock Ellis||Jana Funke||British Academy||6,868||2011|
|Excommunication formulae in medieval England and Frankia||Sarah Hamilton||British Academy||1,752||2011|
|Anglo-Muhammadan Law||Justin Jones||British Academy||3,670||2011|
|The National League of the Blind: A History||Matthias Reiss||British Academy||4,150||2011|
|Arthur Henderson and British Methodism, 1880-1935||Andrew Thorpe||British Academy||6,463||2011|
|A Great Beneficial Disease: Colonial Medicine & Imperial Authority in J. G. Farrell s The Siege of Krishnapur||Samuel Goodman||Wellcome Trust||1,160||2012|
|Translation and Edition of Carl Linnaeus's Biological Essays||Staffan Muller-Wille||Royal Society||4,400||2012|
|War, Politics and Military Reputation: the 16th (Irish) Division, the 36th (Ulster)||Catriona Pennell||British Academy||9,700||2012||War, State and Society|
|The French Connection: International Communism and France Between the Wars||Tim Rees||British Academy||9,998||2012|
|The Role of Law and Internal Conflict in the Formation of the Soviet State, 1917-22||Matthew Rendle||British Academy||6,377||2012|
|Celtic Voices: Brittany and Cornwall Compared||Garry Tregidga||Celtic Research Trust Bursary||1,000||2012|
|The Food Economy of Lords and Tenants 1328-1653: A Case Study||Jane Whittle||Economic History Society||3,519||2012|
|Britain's Sea-Soldiers in the Twentieth Century: Representing the Royal Marines within British Naval History||Henry French||AHRC||5,000||2013|
|Bishop John Grandisson of Exeter (1327-69): the bishop, the cathedral and the diocese||Sarah Hamilton||AHRC||5,000||2013||Centre for Medieval Studies|
|Children at War: An Historical Analysis of Child and Youth Combatants in African Conflicts, c.1900-2010||Stacey Hynd||British Academy||4,680||2013|
|Negotiating law in Mughal India||Nandini Chatterjee||British Academy||9725||2014|