The Writing of Imperial History in Britain and France 1918–1970

Friedrichs, Anne


This project analyses concepts and narratives of the empire in British and French historiography between 1918 and 1970. The aim is to find out which concepts of the empire are produced and reproduced against the backdrop of the political collapse of the large multiethnic empires and to define the mechanisms of their construction coming from the framework conditions of discourse, institutions and science policy. The PhD project by Anne Friedrichs was funded by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) and has been successfully completed with the thesis defence in 2010. The supervisors of the project were Matthias Middell and Hannes Siegrist (Institute for the Study of Culture, University of Leipzig).