Dr Andrew W M Smith

Teaching Fellow

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

2012  PhD  QMUL 
2008  MLitt  University of St Andrews 
2007  MA  University of St Andrews

Courses taught

HIST6402 European History since 1945
HIST1006 Writing History
HIST7312 European Fin-de-Siecle: A Cultural and Social History
HISTG110A Vichy France: Between Collaboration and Resistance
HISTG111A 'Imagined Communities': Regionalism and Minority Nationalism in Modern Europe

Major Publications

Media Appearances

How will Boris Johnson be received as Foreign Secretary?

Andrew Smith talks to Sky News about French perceptions of the new Foreign Secretary

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