Understanding Insurgencies

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GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Local children wave Afghan flags during a gift handout in support of the local community’s celebration of Eid. (CC BY 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/isafmedia/6112464798

Coordinated by Martin Thomas and Gareth Curless of Exeter’s Centre for the Study of War, State and Society (CWSS), the network brings together seven University partners: Exeter, Oxford, Warwick, Glasgow, CNRS Paris, Université de Québec, and KITLV Leiden. In spite of increasing interest in the history of counterinsurgency and empire, we lack comparative studies of colonial responses to armed insurrection, civil disorder, anti-colonial paramilitaries and other irregular forces.

This project seeks to redress this imbalance by analysing colonial counterinsurgency and its contemporary legacies from a comparative perspective during eight Network workshop events. These will allow specialist scholars from the UK and overseas to refine ideas about the nature of late colonial conflict, the ways in which colonial security forces responded to it, and the ensuing patterns of violence, rights abuses, and legacies of inter-communal distrust that resulted.

For more information, visit http://understandinginsurgencies.exeter.ac.uk/about/ 

Oxford partners:

Miles Larmer, Associate Professor in African History

Jonathan Krause, Research Associate

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