Michelle Gordon is a researcher at the Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University. She currently heads the research project “The ‘Civilised’ Nature of Nineteenth-Century Warfare? British and German Practices of Violence in Colonial and Intra-European Wars”, funded by the Swedish Research Council. She holds a PhD in History from Royal Holloway, University of London. Gordon has specific research and teaching expertise in studies of genocide and mass violence, with a focus on the British Empire.
Keywords: holocaust and genocide studies british empire european colonial violence imperial wars british representations of violence
The 'Civilised' Nature of Nineteenth-Century Warfare? British and German Practices of Violence in Colonial and Intra-European Wars
This research project reassesses the role of British and German 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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