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Dr Gareth Curless

ESRC Future Research Leader & Senior Lecturer in History


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My research is concerned with the following broad themes:

  • British imperialism and decolonisation
  • Anti-colonial protest and colonial state violence

Research interests

My current project focuses on the relationship between labour unrest and decolonisation. Using Ghana, Guyana, and Singapore as case studies, the project is principally concerned with the consequences of the labour riots and strikes that swept through the British Empire in the wake of the depression. Focusing on issues such as labour and social welfare policy, housing, policing, and the complex relationship between workers, trade unions and nationalist political parties, the project investigates how 'ordinary' colonial subjects - industrial workers, casual labourers, rural migrants, children and youths and market traders - shaped the course and outcome of decolonisation. 



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