Professor Andrew Thompson
Telephone: 01392 722645
My research focuses on the relationships between British, Imperial and Global histories. One major strand of my interests has been the effects of empire on British private and public life during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Another has been the study of imperial migrations, including the emigration of people from Britain to the 'new' world before 1945, and the immigration of people from Britain's former colonies after 1945. I have also written about the history of colonial South Africa, informal empire in Latin America, and public memories of empire. My most recent book is Empire and Globalisation. Networks of People, Goods and Capital in the British World, 1850-1914 (Cambridge, 2010), co-authored with Professor Gary Magee, an economist at Monash university in Australia. Most recently I have completed a volume of essays for the Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series entitled Britain's Experience of Empire in the Twentieth Century - this explores the shifting role of Britain's colonies in its culture, society and politics as the empire weathered the storms of the two world wars, was subsequently dismantled and then, apparently, was gone; and a volume of essays to mark the 100th publication of the Manchester University Press Studies-in-Imperialism series, Writing Imperal Histories.I am now wrking on a new project on the history of the international humanitarian system during and after decolonisation, exploring how the end of empire affected both policy and practice in relation to international humanitaranism's three main trajectories: emergency relief, economic development and human rights.