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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. He is currently working on British counter-insurgency in Palestine in the 1930s, with his CUP monograph on the subject to be published in January 2019. He has a PGCE in History from Cardiff University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


  • 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. (2018) ''Britain's Pacification of Palestine: The British Army, the Colonial State and the Arab Revolt, 1936-39''. UK: Cambridge University Press. ISSN 13: 978-1-107-10320-7


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

Journal article

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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Hughes, M. (2018) 'The Crime of Nationalism: Britain, Palestine, and Nation-Building on the Fringe of Empire'. MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL, 72 (2). pp. 343 - 345. ISSN: 0026-3141 Open Access Link

Journal article

Hughes, M. (2018) 'Year Zero of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: 1929'. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, 133 (560). pp. 220 - 222. ISSN: 0013-8266 Open Access Link

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