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Durham University

Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Matthew Johnson

Associate Professor (Modern British History) in the Department of History

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Matthew Johnson works primarily on modern British political history. He is interested in the impact of war on politics and society, and in militarism as a political and ideological phenomenon in Britain during the twentieth century. Recent published work has explored problems in civil-military relations, the politics of national defence, and the relationship between militarism and left-wing politics.

Matthew's current research project, funded in its early stages by an AHRC Research Fellowship and a Research Grant from the British Academy, challenges traditional assumptions about the ‘civilian’ nature of modern British political culture through a study of military involvement in parliamentary and popular politics during the twentieth century. This project focuses in particular on the activities of ex-servicemen as MPs and parliamentary candidates, and on the ways in which the experience of war influenced debates about citizenship, political representation, and parliamentary authority in modern Britain.


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