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Prof Martin Francis

Post:Professor of War and History (History)
Location:ARTS A A161

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Martin Francis is the Professor of War and History at the University of Sussex, a position he has held since 2015.  He received his BA from the University of Manchester in 1985 and his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1994.  He began his teaching career at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before going on to positions at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Royal Holloway, University of London.  From 2003 to 2015 he was the Henry R. Winkler Professor of Modern History at the University of Cincinnati in the United States.  His non-academic interests include fashion, baseball, and walking on Hampstead Heath.




Ideas and Policies under Labour, 1945-1951: Building a New Britain (Manchester University Press, 1997).

Co-editor of, and contributor to, M. Francis and I. Zweiniger-Bargielowska (eds.), The Conservatives and British Society, 1880-1990 (University of Wales Press, 1996).  My contribution to this volume was a co-authored introduction and the chapter ‘”Set The People Free”: Conservatives and the State, 1920-1960’.

 The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force, 1939-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2008, paperback edition, 2011)

(Runner-Up for Longman Pearson – History Today Book of the Year Prize 2009)


Articles and Contributions to Edited Volumes:

 ‘Old Realisms: The Labour Party Policy Review in Historical Perspective’, Labour History Review vol.56 part 1 (May 1991).

 ‘Economics and Ethics: the Nature of Labour’s Socialism, 1945-51’, Twentieth Century British History vol.6 no.2 (September 1995).

 ‘A Socialist Policy for Education? : Labour and the Secondary School, 1945-1951’, History of Education vol.24 no.3 (December 1995).

 ‘“Not Reformed Capitalism, but ... Democratic Socialism”: The Ideology of the Labour Leadership, 1945-51’, in H. Jones and M. Kandiah (eds.), The Myth of Consensus (Macmillan, 1996).

 ‘”Mr. Gaitskell’s Ganymede”?: Reassessing Crosland’s Future of Socialism (1956)’, Contemporary  British History vol.11 no.2 (Summer 1997).

 ‘The Labour Party: Modernisation and the Politics of Restraint’, in F. Mort, B. Conekin and C. Waters (eds.), Moments of Modernity: Reconstructing Britain, 1945-64 (New York University Press, 1999).

 ‘Labour and Gender’, in D. Tanner et al. (eds.), Labour’s First Century: A Centenary History of the Labour Party (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

 ‘Leisure and Popular Culture’, in I. Zweiniger-Bargielowska (ed.), Women in Twentieth Century Britain: Economic, Social and Cultural Change (Longman, 2001).

 ‘Tears, Tantrums and Bared Teeth: The Emotional Economy of Three Conservative Prime Ministers, 1951-1964’, Journal of British Studies vol.41 no.3 (July 2002).

 ‘The Domestication of the Male?  Recent Research on Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Masculinity’, Historical Journal vol.45 no.3 (2002).

 ‘Cecil Beaton’s Romantic Toryism and the Symbolic Economy of Wartime Britain’, Journal of British Studies vol.45 no.1 (January 2006).

(abridged version published as ‘Cecil Beaton’s Wartime Art’ in Wm. Roger Louis (ed.), PenultimatAdventures with Britannia (I.B. Tauris, 2008)

 ‘A Flight from Commitment?  Domesticity, Adventure and the Masculine Imaginary in Postwar Britain’, Gender and History vol.19 no.1 (April 2007).

 ‘Men of the Royal Air Force, the Cultural Memory of World War Two and the Twilight of the British Empire’, in  Sue Grayzel and Philippa Levine (eds.), Gender, Labour, War and Empire: Essays on Modern Britain in honour of Sonya Rose (Palgrave, 2009).

 ‘Remembering War, Forgetting Empire: Cinematic Representations of the North African Campaign in the Era of Decolonization’, to appear in Lucy Noakes and Juliette Pattinson (eds.), The Cultural Memory of the Second World War in Britain (London: Bloomsbury, 2014).

'Attending to Ghosts: Some Reflections on the Disavowals of British Great War Historiography', Twentieth Century British History vol.25 no,3 (September 2014). 

‘Fierce Pride and Petty Jealousies: Private Lives and Public Diplomacy in Second World War Cairo’, in Claire Langhamer, Lucy Noakes and Claudia Siebrecht (eds.), War: An Emotional History (Oxford, fortcoming).

 He has also authored numerous book reviews in The English Historical Review, The Journal of Modern History, The Times Literary Supplement, Twentieth-Century British History, The Welsh History Review, International Labor and Working-Class History, Journal of American Studies, Parliamentary History, Journal of the History of Sexuality, The Times Higher and The International History Review.


Professor of War and History

Postgraduate Convenor (History)