Decolonization and Conflict: Colonial Comparisons and Legacies by Martin ThomasDecolonization and Conflict: Colonial Comparisons and Legacies by Martin Thomas

Decolonization and Conflict: Colonial Comparisons and Legacies

EditorMartin Thomas, Gareth Curless

Hardcover | June 15, 2017

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Insurgency-based irregular warfare typifies armed conflict in the post-Cold War age. For some years now, western and other governments have struggled to contend with ideologically driven guerrilla movements, religiously inspired militias, and systematic targeting of civilian populations. Numerous conflicts of this type are rooted in experiences of empire breakdown. Yet few multi-empire studies of decolonisation's violence exist. Decolonization and Conflict brings together expertise on a variety of different cases to offer new perspectives on the colonial conflicts that engulfed Europe's empires after 1945. The contributors analyse multiple forms of colonial counter-insurgency from the military engagement of anti-colonial movements to the forced removal of civilian populations and the application of new doctrines of psychological warfare. Contributors to the collection also show how insurgencies, their propaganda and methods of action were inherently transnational and inter-connected. The resulting study is a vital contribution to our understanding of contested decolonization. It emphasises the global connections at work and reveals the contemporary resonances of both anti-colonial insurgencies and the means devised to counter them. It is essential reading for students and scholars of empire, decolonization, and asymmetric warfare.
Martin Thomas is Professor of Imperial History at the University of Exeter, UK, where he is Director of the Centre for the Study of War, State and Society. His recent publications include Violence and Colonial Order (2012), Fight or Flight: Britain, France, and their Roads from Empire (2014) and he is co-author of Crises of Empire: Dec...
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Title:Decolonization and Conflict: Colonial Comparisons and LegaciesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.85 inPublished:June 15, 2017Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Decolonization, Conflict and Counter-Insurgency, Martin Thomas and Gareth Curless (both University of Exeter, UK) 1. Seeing Like a Soldier: The Amritsar Massacre and the Politics of Military History, Kim Wagner (Queen Mary University, London, UK) 2. Confronting Revolt in France's Interwar Europe: Counterinsurgency in 1920s Morocco and Syria, Martin Thomas (University of Exeter, UK) 3. The Plantation as Counter-Insurgency Tool: Indonesia 1900-50, Roel Frakking, (European University Institute, Italy) 4. The Sten Gun is Mightier than the Pen: The Failure of Colonial Police Reform after 1945, Gareth Curless, (University of Exeter, UK) 5. 'A Litigious Island': Law, Rights, and Counter-Insurgency during the Cyprus Emergency, Brian Drohan, (University of North Carolina, USA) 6. 'A Battle in the Field of Human Relations': The Official Minds of Repressive Development in Portuguese Angola, Miguel Bandeira Jer¿nimo, (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal) 7. Strategic Villages: Forced Relocation, Counterinsurgency and Social Engineering in Kenya and Algeria, 1952-1962, Moritz Feichtinger, (University of Bern, Switzerland) 8. Reconsidering Women's Roles in the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya, 1952-1960, Katherine Bruce-Lockhart,(University of Cambridge, UK) 9. The Art of Counter-insurgency: Phase Analysis with Primary Reference to Malaya (1948-60), and Secondary Reference to Kenya (1952-60), Karl Hack, (Open University, UK) 10. Rebel Sanctuaries and Late Colonial Conflicts: The Case of Federal Germany during Algeria's War of Independence, 1954-1962, Mathilde von B¿low, (University of Glasgow, UK) 11. David Galula and Maurice Papon: A Watershed in COIN Strategy in de Gaulle's Paris, Emmanuel Blanchard, (Universit¿ de Versailles, France) and Neil MacMaster, (University of East Anglia, UK) 12. Escaping the Empire's Shadow: British Military Thinking about Insurgency on the eve of the Northern Ireland Troubles (Huw Bennett, Aberystwyth University, UK) 13. Shadow Warriors: The Phoenix Program and American Clandestine Policing in Vietnam (Jeremy Kuzmarov, University of Tulsa, USA) Index

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In this collection of essays, Thomas and Curless have brought together some of the best historians of 20th century imperialism to discuss the relationship between warfare and the end of empire. The result is a provocative and enlightening book which offers insights into some of the most important topics in the field including imperial policing, modernisation, gender and the colonial legacy. It marks a major advance in our understanding of the wars of European decolonisation.