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Professor Martin Thomas



Arguing about Empire Imperial Rhetoric in Britain and France, 1882-1956, Oxford University Press, USA, 2017.

with Curless GM, Decolonization and Conflict: Colonial Comparisons and Legacies, Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.

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

Violence and Colonial Order: Police, Workers, and Protest in the European Colonial Empires, 1918-40, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

The French Colonial Mind: Violence, Military Encounters, and Colonialism, Lincoln, Nebraska, University of Nebraska Press, 2011.

with Moore B, Butler LJ, Crises of Empire: Decolonization and Europe's Imperial States, 1918-1975, London, Arnold, 2008.

Empires of Intelligence. Security Services and Colonial Disorder after 1914, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2007.

The French Empire between the Wars: Imperialism, Politics and Society., Manchester University Press, 2005.

with Federowich K, International Diplomacy and Colonial Retreat, London, Frank Cass, 2001.

The French North African Crisis: Colonial Breakdown and Anglo-French Relations, 1945-1962, London, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2000.

The French Empire at War, 1940-45, Manchester Univ Pr, 1998.


From Sétif to Moramanga: Identifying Insurgents and Ascribing Guilt in the French Colonial Post-war, War in History, vol. 24, SAGE Publications, 2017, 1-27


with Thompson A, Empire and Globalisation: from 'High Imperialism' to Decolonisation, International History Review, vol. 36, no. 1, 2014, 1-29

with Thompson A, Empire and Globalisation: from 'High Imperialism' to Decolonisation, The International History Review, vol. 36, no. 1, 2013, 142-170

Colonial Violence in Algeria and the Distorted Logic of State Retribution: The Sétif uprising of 1945, Journal of Military History, vol. 75, no. 1, 2011

Eradicating 'Communist Banditry' in French Vietnam: The Rhetoric of Repression after the Yen Bay Uprising, 1930-32, French Historical Studies, vol. 34, no. 3, 2011, 611-648

Réflexions sur les conflits coloniaux: perceptions françaises sur le mouvement Mau Mau et perceptions britanniques sur la guerre d'Indochine, 1952-1955, Revue Historique des Armées, vol. 3, no. 264, 2011, 75-93

Resource War, Civil War, Rights War: Factoring Empire into French North Africa's Second World War, War in History, vol. 18, no. 2, 2011, 225-248

The Gendarmerie, Information Collection, and Colonial Violence in French North Africa between the Wars, Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, vol. 36, no. 2, 2010, 76-96

European Crisis, Colonial Crisis? Signs of Fracture in the French Empire from Munich to the Outbreak of War, International History Review, vol. 32, no. 3, 2010, 389-413

French Empire Elites and the Politics of Economic Obligation in the Inter-War years, Historical Journal, vol. 52, no. 4, 2009, 1-28

Innocent abroad? Decolonisation and US engagement with French West Africa, 1945-56, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 36, no. 1, 2008, 47-73

Appeasement in the Late Third Republic, Diplomacy & Statecraft, vol. 19, no. 3, 2008, 566-607

France's North African Crisis: Cold War and Colonial Imperatives, 1945-1955, History, vol. 2, 2007, 207-234

Insurgent Intelligence: Information Gathering and Anti-Colonial Rebellion, Intelligence and National Security, vol. 22, no. 1, 2007, 156-165

Anglo-French Imperial Relations in the Arab World: Intelligence Liaison and Nationalist Disorder, Diplomacy & Statecraft, vol. 17, no. 1, 2006, 1-28

Crisis Management in Colonial States: Intelligence and Counter-Insurgency in Morocco and Syria after the First World War, Intelligence and National Security, vol. 21, no. 5, 2006, 697-716

Albert Sarraut, French Colonial Development, and the Communist Threat, 1919-1930., The Journal of Modern History, vol. 77, no. 4, 2005, 917-955

'Salvation By Empire?': Economic Conditions and the Limits to French Colonial Mobilisation, The Historical Journal, vol. 48, no. 2, 2005, 471-498

Colonial States as Intelligence States: Security Policing and the Limits to Colonial Rule in France's Muslim Territories, 1920-40, Journal of Strategic Studies, vol. 28, no. 2, 2005, 1033-1060

Economic Conditions and the Limits to French Colonial Mobilisation, 1936-39., Historical Journal, vol. 48, no. 2, 2005, 471-498

The Colonial Policies of the Mouvement Republicain Populaire, 1944-54: From Reform to Reaction, English Historical Review, vol. 118, no. 476, 2003, 380-411

Bedouin Tribes and the Imperial Intelligence Services in Syria, Iraq and Transjordan in the 1920s, Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 38, no. 4, 2003, 539-562

The Vichy Government and French Colonial Prisoners of War, 1940-1944., French Historical Studies, vol. 25, no. 4, 2002, 657-692

French Intelligence-gathering in the Syrian Mandate, 1920-40, Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 38, no. 2, 2002, 1-35

The Vichy Government and French Colonial Prisoners of War, 1940-1944, French Historical Studies, vol. 25, no. 4, 2002, 657-692

'Defending a Lost Cause? France and the United States Vision of French North Africa, 1945-1956', Diplomatic History, vol. 26, no. 2, 247, 2002

France Accused: French North Africa before the United Nations, 1952-1962, Contemporary European History, vol. 10, no. 1, 2001, 91-121

Le Royaume Uni et la France Libre, Relations Internationales, vol. 108, no. Hiver, 2001, 575-593

'Paying the Butcher's Bill': Policing British Colonial Protest after 1918, Crime, History and Societies, vol. 15, no. 2, 55-76


Repression, reprisals and rhetorics of massacre in Algeria's war, in Thomas M, Toye R (eds) Rhetorics of Empire: Languages of Colonial Conflict after 1900, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017, 161-186

France and the Ethiopian Crisis, 1935-36: Security Dilemmas and Adjustable Interests, in Collision of Empires: Italy's Invasion of Ethiopia and its International Impact, Ashgate, 2013, 109-134

A path not taken? British perspectives on French colonial violence after 1945, in The Wind of Change: Harold Macmillan and British Decolonization, Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013, 159-179

Intelligence Providers and the Fabric of the Late Colonial State, in Dulffer J, Frey M (eds) Elites and Decolonization in the Twentieth Century, London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011, 11-35

'Communautés en contact. Les colons, une elite coloniale en Afrique du Nord au XXe siècle', in Laux C, Ruggiu F-J, Singaravélou P (eds) Au Sommet de l’Empire. Les élites européennes dans les colonies, Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2009, 261-281

Processing Decolonization: British Strategic Analysis of Conflict in Vietnam and Indonesia, 1945-1950, in Goscha C, Ostermann C (eds) Connecting Histories. Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009, 84-120

'France and the Algerian War: Diplomacy and the Internationalization of Decolonization', in Dorman A, Kennedy G (eds) War & Diplomacy from World War I to the War on Terrorism, Washington DC: Potomac, 2008, 58-80

'Party Politics and Colonial Conflict: the Fourth Republic and the Indochina War, 1945-54', in Logevall F, Lawrence M (eds) The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis,, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2007

'Prisonniers de Guerre coloniaux: Idéologie, propagande, et expérience, 1940-44', in Jennings E, Cantier J (eds) L'Empire colonial sous Vichy, Paris: Editions Odile Jacob, 2004, 305-331

Imperial Defence or Diversionary Attack: Anglo-French Strategy in the Near East, 1935-40, in Alexander M, Philpott W (eds) Anglo-French Defence Relations between the Wars, London: Palgrave, 2003

'Disaster Foreseen: France and the Fall of Singapore', in Farrell B, Hunter S (eds) The Fall of Singapore: Sixty Years On, Singapore: Eastern Universities Press, 2002

The Syrian Revolt and Anglo-French Imperial Relations, 1925-27, in Kennedy G, Neilson K (eds) Incidents and International Relations. People, Power, and Personalities, Westport: Praeger, 2002, 65-82

The British Government and the End of French Algeria, 1958-62, in Alexander M, Keiger JFV (eds) France and the Algerian War 1954-62: Strategy, Operations and Diplomacy,, London: FRank Cass, 2002, 172-198

Divisive Decolonization: The Anglo-French Withdrawal from Syria and Lebanon, 1944-46, in Fedorowich K, Thomas M (eds) International Diplomacy and Colonial Retreat, London: Frank Cass, 2001, 71-93