The Studies in Imperialism series has pioneered a comparative and connected approach to imperial history. The Series has been at the forefront of the study of imperial networks: from personal and professional networks, to networks of steamships and aircraft and lines of communication. Migration has always been a central concern. To begin with, the volumes focused on primarily the history of

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The People’s Armies

The book is the first systematic study of the ‘People’s Armies’ of ELAS and EDES during the occupation. Previous studies have either neglected the study of the guerrilla armies altogether or focused on their political and operational activities as a result we know very little about the lives, experiences and beliefs of the men who comprised them. Equally little is known about the nitty gritty of guerrilla life; provisioning, leisure, and relations with the civilian population. The book delves into this unexplored area and provides new insights on the formation of the resistance movements and the experiences of the guerrilla fighters. The book follows the guerrillas from enlistment to the battlefield, it examines the rise and origins of the resistance armies, explores how their experiences of hardship, combat and personal loss shaped their self-image and social attitudes and discusses the complex reasons that led partisans to enlist and fight. Existing studies have presented the guerrillas as political soldiers and underscored the importance of ideology in motivation and morale. The present study offers a more complex image and looks at a series of factors that have been neglected by scholars including kinship and group ties, violence, religious beliefs and leadership. Moreover the book discusses relations between the guerrillas and the civilian population and examines how the guerrilla armies governed their territories.

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Unconventionality and queerness in Katherine Everett’s life writing

of queer life, broadly defined, in twentieth-­century Britain. Laura Doan warns against ‘attaching our own labels to past sexual lives’ and so shaping those lives ‘to look like our own’.2 Noting the geneaological preoccupations (whether in the ancestral or Foucauldian sense) of much queer historiography, Doan calls for the practice of a queer critical history that could ‘explain aspects of the sexual past that resist explanation in the context of identity history.’3 After a brief biographical sketch, this chapter attempts an ancestral genealogy, amassing the

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History and heritage in late nineteenth-century Canada and Australia

While many elements of New Zealand’s ‘use and abuse’ of history and heritage are representative of the wider colonial experience, one of this book’s core arguments has been that, in considering how societies use the past, ‘empire’, ‘nation’, and the ‘local’ cannot be considered outside of the context of one another. This final chapter accordingly offers a counterpoint to

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The critique of British expansionism

It is worth reiterating two aspects of Freeman’s racialised thinking before turning to consider his views on imperialism. First, Freeman presented English history as one chapter in a wider narrative of the progress of the Aryan race. The English were, for him, the foremost representatives of the Teutonic branch of an Aryan ‘family’ which also included the modern European descendants of the ancient Greeks and Romans. In this sense, Freeman’s nationalism was muted: as Burrow writes, Freeman ‘wanted to be a Whig on a European scale’ and he celebrated the shared

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The meaning of food to New Zealand and Australian nurses far from home in World War I, 1915–18

nurses by offering recognisable, yet oddly altered, aspects of daily life, even those that were fashioned from a common cultural stock. Mealtimes, for example, might contain familiar foods yet require different etiquette. Nurses, wrenched from their familiar setting, friends and family, and grappling with the harshness of war and the heavy weight of war work, tried to make sense of their daily lives in their diaries and letters home. A  recurring feature in their writing was food. Recent histories have explained nurses’ experience in this war. Hallett, for example

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Disciplining indecency and sodomy in the Edwardian fleet

Sociocultural analyses of the Royal Navy v 3 v The Admiralty’s gaze: disciplining indecency and sodomy in the Edwardian fleet Mary Conley It is difficult to imagine that a historical study about homoerotic practices in the navy represents a new naval history – when it has been a site for naval research for forty years, yet the approach to engaging in studies of maritime sexualities has changed since Arthur Gilbert’s initial studies on disciplining sodomy cases in the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Royal Navy.1 Within the past twenty years, there has

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Sexuality and the writing of colonial history

imperial history; indeed, many would have regarded it as irrelevant or inappropriate to the great questions of scholarship. Yet the establishment of The Journal of the History of Sexuality, also in 1990, confirmed the academic legitimacy of the subject. Sex in the colonies: Before Hyam Many currents contributed to the surge of work on the history of sexuality. 2 The new social

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, eclectic vision and relentless energy of its general editor, John MacKenzie. Under his careful guidance, Studies in Imperialism has played a conspicuous role in reshaping both British and Imperial histories, partly by greatly expanding their respective repertoires to explore new and previously neglected subjects, and partly by fixing attention more firmly on their tightly interwoven relationship. 1 Over the

in Writing imperial histories

While Freeman’s second major work of Oriental history, The Ottoman Power in Europe , was published twenty-one years after the first, he nevertheless wished the book ‘to be taken as in some sort a companion to my lately reprinted History and Conquests of the Saracens’. 1 Freeman felt that the Ottoman Power complemented the approach and subject matter of the earlier Saracens because ‘[n]‌either pretends to be an account of the whole branch of the subject’. 2 ‘In both’, he explained, I deal with Eastern and Mahometan affairs mainly in their reference

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