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Professor Martin Thomas

Research supervision

I am happy to offer research supervision in the following broad areas:

  • French colonial history in the late nineteenth and twentieth century;
  • Colonial conflicts in Africa and Asia and the end of European colonial rule;
  • colonial policing and the collection of information in colonial societies;
  • French international politics since 1919;
  • French and British decolonization.

Research students

I currently supervise PhD students working on various facets of French, French colonial, and international history in the twentieth century. Their research topics fall into two strands: French political and social history and late imperial history. My current students are working on the following topics:

  • the treatment of Displaced Persons in the French Zone of Occupation in post-war Germany;
  • colonial worker protest and trade unionism;
  • the construction and political culture of French Mandate Syria;
  • colonial counter-insurgency and cultures of violence in wars of decolonization;
  • Franco-British colonial rivalry and the politics of imperial rhetoric.