I have two principal areas of interest.
Firstly, I am interested in the colonial state in Africa. In particular, I am concerned with manifestations of colonial rule at a local level in sub-Saharan Africa, and the interactions between colonial administrations and Africans. This interest was the basis for my first monograph, Exporting Empire: Africa, colonial officials and the construction of the British imperial state, c.1900-1939, which considers the role that metropolitan ideas of governance, race, duty, esprit de corps, and empire had on the ways colonial state rule played out on the ground. Drawing on an extensive range of hitherto under-explored collections of personal papers, the study provides an account of imperial rule on the ground, concerning itself with the rank and file ‘men on the spot' away from the colonial centres.
I am also interested in the connections between empire and home, in particular the roles that the former played in shaping political and cultural life in the former. This led to my second monograph, Edwardian England and the Ideal of Racial Decline, which considers the extent to which the English middle classes were or were not stricken by a sense of crisis in the wake of the Second Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902.
Dr Christopher Prior
Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom
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