Case study: Rachel Chin, 2nd Year PhD Student

Supervisor: Professor Martin Thomas

My doctoral research is centred upon a rhetorical analysis of Anglo-French imperial relations during the first half of the Second World War. By analysing a series of crisis points, including the French defeat and Mers el-Kebir, I will seek to understand how French and British politicians and the wider public utilised ideas of empire in order to understand both their own and their counterpart's place in the war.

The opportunity to work with research leaders in fields of Imperialism and rhetorical analysis, such as Professor Martin Thomas and Professor Richard Toye, attracted me to the University of Exeter. Furthermore, the vibrant research culture in the history department, with its high quality conferences and research seminars, makes Exeter a perfect place to not only study but also to engage with wider debates in history. With regard to the new Centre for Imperial and Global History, I will be able to share and develop my work in comparative imperial relations with other researchers, as well as learning about the latest developments in the field.