Michelle Gordon is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Genocide Studies at the Hugo Valentin Centre. She holds a PhD in History from Royal Holloway, University of London. Michelle has specific research and teaching expertise in studies of genocide and mass violence. Her thesis, ‘British Colonial Violence in Perak, Sierra Leone and the Sudan’, examines British colonial violence as part of a longer tradition of European colonial violence and within a framework of extreme violence and mass killing.
Keywords: holocaust and genocide studies british empire european colonial violence imperial wars british representations of violence
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'The "Civilised" Nature of European Warfare?'
This research project reassesses the role of European troops in committing extreme violence and atrocities in intra-European and colonial conflicts in nineteenth-century warfare. These research areas are traditionally studied separately but by comparing ‘civilised’/European warfare and ‘uncivilised’/colonial warfare my research will investigate how these two types of war informed one another. This research will contribute to a more nuanced understanding of how European colonial practices ‘came home’ in the genocidal intra-European violence of the twentieth century.
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