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Professor Matthew Hughes

Professor Matthew Hughes
Professor of 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, where he was Head of Politics and History, 2012-15. 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, paperback edition 2020) published with Cambridge University Press was a 'commended' finalist for the 2019 Society for Army Historical Research Templer Medal Prize, was long listed for the British Army Military Book of the Year 2020, and is being translated into Arabic by the Centre for Arab Unity Studies. 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 and a former Councillor and then Chair of Council of the Army Records Society (2014-18); he is a judge for the Society for Army Historical Research's annual Templer Medal prize (2003-4, 2007-8, 2018-); and 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 for best article. He has been an external examiner at Strathcylde, JSCSC, KCL, Sussex, Kent, Northampton, Cambridge and Wolverhampton; 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. (2021) 'The British Mandate in Palestine: a centenary volume, 1920–2020'. Middle Eastern Studies, 57 (1). pp. 166 - 167. ISSN: 0026-3206

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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

Journal article

Hughes, M. (2020) 'Book Review: Zionism’s Maritime Revolution: The Yishuv’s Hold on the Land of Israel’s Sea and Shores, 1917–1948'. International Journal of Maritime History, 32 (2). pp. 502 - 504. ISSN: 0843-8714 Open Access Link

Journal article

Hughes, M. (2020) 'Lawrence of Arabia on war: the campaign in the desert, 1916–18'. Middle Eastern Studies, 56 (6). pp. 1 - 3. ISSN: 0026-3206 Open Access Link

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