Interest in History
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I'm working on a PhD in history and I'm focused on the nineteenth century.
(2) 19th century French Catholicism.
(3) British Raj.
Early Medieval Britain
Early Native American migration
My history interests are specifically:
19th and 20th century developments in military strategic thinking, the revolution in military affairs, especially in small wars
The World Wars
French and British Colonialism in Africa
And above all else:
Algerian War 1954-1962
MysteryWatcher: What specific facet of the 19th century do you work on? What region, what subject?
Snoopy 205, it's been a long time, but I once spent a lot of time focused on the Algerian War - I'd love to hear more about some of the more recent writing on it.
To answer your question about Algeria, not much has come out in recent years. Alistair Horne released an updated edition of A Savage War of Peace. Martin Alexander has two good books out about strategy and French soldiers in the Algerian War. David Galula's and Roger Trinquier's books have also been re-released in the last few years.
To study it, you really have to go to the primary sources, Charles de Gaulle's writings, the accounts of French generals on the ground, including Paul Ely, Raoul Salan, Edmond Jouhaud, Jacques Massu. Pierre Pellissier has a good journalistic account of the Algerian War, written in 1999, I think. All of these are in French. The best overall account aside from Horne is journalist Yves Courriere's four volume history, starting with Les fils de Toussaint. Again, only in French. Charles-Robert Ageron has written some, but I haven't gotten around to it.
Hope that helps. What have you run across in the past in the way of books on the war?
To be absolutely specific (which often leads to a long-winded dissertation that no-one - least of all me - wants to listen to):
I'm currently looking at the way that genteel women in the nineteenth century actively performed illness in public and private spheres to maintain and contribute to their status and lifestyle. I'm specifically interested in how such mannerisms were transferred from Britain and whether they were enacted in the same way in the colonies of Australia.
I've studied a wide range of history as an undergraduate, (ancient, modern, art, archaeology)including some military history. I've always had an interest in ancient weapons. Are you at uni?
Colonialism in Latin America.
Topics: otherness, international relations, gender perspectives, history of warfare.
Guilty pleasure: trade (ancient world - ca 1800). No fancy economics, no academic depth; I just like to read about spices and things.
I'm in the later stages of a PhD in international relations, writing on French military operations in Africa after Algeria and decolonization.
My thing is women's history, mainly 17th - 20th century.
My MA dissertation is looking at British newspapers created a moral panic about women, drugs and nightclubs in 1922. I'm generally interested in how society has reacted to 'deviant' women, particularly female criminals.
I'm also completely fascinated by women's involvement in Chartism and want to look at this next.
Guilty pleasure.....transport history
It's a fascinating subject, but it's been a long and painful process.
Are you using a social control theory? Oh, and why 1922 in particular?
A young woman called Freda Kempton died in March 1922 of a cocaine overdose. She was a dancing instructuress, meaning she was paid to entertain male guests at seedy Soho nightclubs, so definitely deviated from the behaviour expected of nice middle class girls. While not the first woman to die of an overdose and certainly not the most famous, her death seems to touch on wider fears about young woman and the moral decay of British society after WWI. Also, she was closely linked to Brilliant Chang, a key figure linked to the Chinese criminal world, so journalists could also indulge their fears about foreign men preying on young white women.
The scary thing is that reading 1922 reports in papers like the Daily Mail and Daily Express is much like reading these papers today!
If you're interested in this subject, Marek Kohn has written a book called Dope Girls that gives a good overview of the period.
Still, I kind of like the idea of a moral panic framework - I'd like to read some ideas on that myself. Any suggestions?