Dr Andrew W M Smith
Andrew Smith's research focuses on concepts of centre and periphery, analysing various contexts in which this relationship has shaped developments within and beyond the structure of the Modern state.
His thesis was entitled, The Comité Régional d’Action Viticole (CRAV): Regional identity, violence and the challenges of modernisation in the Languedoc (1944-1992). This focused on the development of the wine industry in the French Languedoc during the Twentieth Century. The thesis unpicks the contentious issues of regionalism (and regional nationalism), class conflict and violence by studying the experience of militant winegrowers and their relationship to Trade Unions, the forces of order and the general public.
He has also looked at the relationship between the colonial periphery and the Metropolitan centre, analysing how legal and economic reforms ushered in by the 1956 Loi Cadre laid the foundation of the neo-colonial relationship. Tracing the networks and relationships of actors in the centre and periphery during these decision making processes shaped an understanding of the vested interests and para-political influences brought to bear on crucial reforms.
He recently completed an engagement project in conjunction with Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, analysing SOE flights during the Second World War and the cross-border transfers they invoked. He is now working on a large collaborative project with the Open University, helping to analyse the concept of Cultural Value through an investigation of funding reviews for the British Council and BBC World Service.
Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies
|2008||MLitt||University of St Andrews|
|2007||MA||University of St Andrews|
|HIST6402 European History since 1945|
|HIST1006 Writing History|
HIST7312 European Fin-de-Siecle: A Cultural and Social History