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Colonial Counterinsurgency in Comparative Perspective

September 18, 2014 - September 19, 2014
Department of History, The University of Exeter

Exeter EX4 4RJ
United Kingdom

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Gareth Curless
The University of Exeter
Martin Thomas
The University of Exeter

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The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have prompted renewed interest in Britain’s experience of counterinsurgency and empire, with a particular emphasis on the period of decolonisation and issues relating to ‘minimum force’, ‘hearts and minds’, human rights protections and the treatment of combatants, civilians and detainees. Yet, in spite of the growing interest in the history of counterinsurgency and empire, there remain few comparative studies of colonial responses to armed insurrection, civil disorder, and responses to paramilitaries and other irregular forces. With this in mind, the aim of the workshop is to reconsider the tenets, the methods and the consequences of the counterinsurgency pursued by Europe’s imperial powers, investigating whether colonial states adopted distinctly national approaches to colonial counterinsurgency. 

The workshop will be held at the University of Exeter and will be jointly hosted by the Centre for War, State, and Society and the newly established Centre for Imperial and Global History.

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