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Professor Matthew Hughes

Professor Matthew Hughes
Professor of Military History

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Matthew Hughes studied Geography and History as an undergraduate at the School of Oriental and African Studies and International Relations as a postgraduate at the London School of Economics. He completed his ESRC-funded PhD in 1995 under the supervision of Professors Brian Bond and Brian Holden Reid in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London on the strategy surrounding the British campaign in Palestine in the First World War in Palestine. After working as an intern with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Professor Hughes lectured at the universities of Northampton and Salford before coming to Brunel University in 2005. Professor Hughes has been a British Academy funded visiting fellow at the American University in Cairo, the American University in Beirut and at Tel Aviv University. He spent two years as the Marine Corps University Foundation-funded Maj-Gen Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair in Military Theory at the US Marine Corps University, Quantico, 2008-10. His latest monograph on British counter-insurgency in Palestine in the 1930s has just been published with CUP: Britain's Pacification of Palestine: The British Army, the Colonial State, and the Arab Revolt, 1936-39. He has a PGCE in History from Cardiff University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Templer Medal judge for the Army Records Society; he sits on the editorial board of Middle Eastern Studies. He is currently an external examiner for the Higher Diploma awarded by Maynooth University to the Junior Command and Staff Course with the Military College, Irish Defence Forces.


  • BA Geography and History (SOAS) 1988
  • MSc (Econ) International Relations (LSE) 1989
  • PhD War Studies (King's College London) 1995
  • PGCE History (Cardiff) 1991

Newest selected publications

Hughes, M. (2019) 'Women, Violence, and the Arab Revolt in Palestine, 1936-39'. Journal of Military History, 83 (1). pp. 487 - 507. ISSN: 1543-7795 Open Access Link

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Hughes, M. (2019) ''Britain's Pacification of Palestine: The British Army, the Colonial State and the Arab Revolt, 1936-39''. UK: Cambridge University Press. ISSN 10: 1107103207 ISSN 13: 978-1-107-10320-7


Hughes, M. (2018) 'Birthrate Politics in Zion: Judaism, Nationalism, and Modernity under the British Mandate'. MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, 55 (1). pp. 174 - 175. ISSN: 0026-3206 Open Access Link

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Hughes, M. (2018) 'Oriental neighbours: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in mandatory Palestine'. MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, 54 (4). pp. 732 - 734. ISSN: 0026-3206 Open Access Link

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Hughes, M. (2018) '‘The Conduct of Operations: Glubb Pasha, the Arab Legion, and the First Arab-Israeli War, 1948-49’'. War in History. pp. 096834451772554 - 096834451772554. ISSN: 0968-3445 Open Access Link

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