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Professor Matthew Hughes

Professor Matthew Hughes
Professor - Military History

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Matthew Hughes studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies and 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. He has a PGCE in History from Cardiff University. 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 entitled Britain's Pacification of Palestine: the British Army, the Colonial State, and the Arab Revolt, 1936-1939  (2019) was published with Cambridge University Press. He was the editor of the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research (2004-8). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a former Chair of Council of the Army Records Society (2014-18), and is a judge for the Society for Army Historical Research's annual Templer Medal prize (2003-4, 2007-8, 2018-). He sits on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Military History and Middle Eastern Studies and is a judge for the latter's annual Elie Kedourie prize. 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, and a Visiting Lecturer and examiner at the University of Buckingham.


  • 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. (2020) 'Secret Wars: Covert Conflicts in International Politics'. JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY HISTORY, 50 (3). pp. 443 - 445. ISSN: 0022-1953 Open Access Link

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Hughes, M. (2019) 'Book review of Graham Jevon's 'Glubb Pasha and the Arab Legion''. Bustan, 10 (2). pp. 175 - 181. ISSN: 1878-5301 Open Access Link

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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) 'Review of The Imperial Army Project: Britain and the Land Forces of the Dominions and India, 1902–1945, by Douglas E. Delaney'. The English Historical Review, 134 (567). pp. 487 - 489. ISSN: 0013-8266 Open Access Link

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Hughes, M. (2019) 'Review of Plausible crime stories: the legal history of sexual offences in Mandate Palestine'. MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, 55 (4). pp. 668 - 670. ISSN: 0026-3206 Open Access Link

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