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Dr Andrew Smith

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History & Politics

MA hons (St And), MLitt (St And), PhD (London), FHEA, FRHistS

Andrew W M Smith is a historian of the French and Francophone world with an interest in identities beyond the frame of the nation state. He has published widely on minority nationalism, decolonization, the Second World War, and linguistic politics.

His research interrogates concepts of nationalism and the way that ordinary people engage in politics, culture and society, with a particular focus on where that engagement crosses borders, re-thinks the nation, and imagines the future.

Andrew deploys inter-disciplinary methods in his research to look at issues of language, identity and culture in a new light, and to explore the relationship between France’s peripheries, showing how politics and contemporary history can speak to each other as disciplines.

He serves on the committee for the Society for the Study of French History and is currently the Secretary of the Society. Andrew is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

He spent 4 years as a Teaching Fellow at University College London, and has also taught at Queen Mary, University of London, and Brunel University, London.



Britain, France and the Decolonization of Africa: Future Imperfect? (with Chris Jeppesen (ed.s), UCL Press, March 2017)

Terror and Terroir: The Winegrowers of the Languedoc and Modern France (Manchester University Press, September 2016)


Articles in Refereed Journals:

‘Eclipse in the Dark Years: Pick-up Flights, Routes of Resistance and the Free French’, European Review of History, 25:2 (2018), 392-414.

‘African Dawn: Keïta Fodéba and the Imagining of National Culture in Guinea’, Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, 43:3 (2017), 102-121.

(with J. W. Hawkey, Bristol) “From the soil we have come, to the soil we shall go and from the soil we want to live”: Language, politics and identity in the Grande Révolte of 1907, Modern & Contemporary France, 23:3 (2015), 307-326.

'"Je suis socialiste et quinziste ": Rugby, Wine and Socialism in the Aude since 1976', National Identities, 16:4 (2014), 291-309.

'Of Colonial Futures and an Administrative Alamo: Rethinking the Loi-cadre (1956) in French West Africa', French History, 28:1 (2014), 92-113.


Chapters in Edited Volumes:

'Information After Empire’: British Overseas Representation and Francophone Africa (1957-1967)' in David Thackeray, Richard Toye, Andrew Thompson (ed.s), Imagining Britain's economic future, c.1800-1975: Trade, consumerism and global markets, (Palgrave, 2018), 205-230.

‘Colonial Futures, Contingencies and the End of French Empire’, in Smith and Jeppesen (ed.s), British and French Decolonization in Africa: Future Imperfect? (London, UCL Press, 2017).

 ‘An Uncertain Icon: The Changing Significance of the Croix Occitane in the Midi viticole', Place and Locality in Modern France, ed. P. Young & P Whalen (Bloomsbury, 2014), 181-191.

'Molotovs in the Minervois: Were the Comité Régional d'Action Viticole terrorists, revolutionaries or just cantankerous winegrowers?', National Identities in France, ed. B. Sudlow (New Jersey, Transaction, 2011), 81-98.


Andrew recently published Terror and Terroir: The Winegrowers of the Languedoc and Modern France, which looks at identity, violence, and culture in the winegrowing communities of Southern France as they faced up to decolonization, European integration, and increasing globalization.

He has also explored these ideas in several peer-reviewed articles published in leading international journals.

He has also recently published Britain, France and the Decolonization of Africa: Future Imperfect? In this and other articles, he has written on the politics of cultural identity in the late colonial state and attempts to rethink the nation amongst anti-colonial intellectuals.

His next book project will look at the idea of ‘Internal Colonialism’ in France, studying how the end of empire reshaped minority nationalism and motivated protest in a confluence of the global, the local, and the colonial.

By uniting methodologies of metropolitan and colonial history, this study will shed new light on historical questions whilst speaking to contemporary political developments in France.

PHD Supervision

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students in contemporary history and politics.