Empires of the Mind

Robert Gildea is Professor of Modern History at Worcester College, University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous books on everyday life and resistance, collective memory and political culture in French history, including ‘Marianne in Chains: In Search of the German Occupation, 1940-45’ (Macmillan, 2002),  ‘Children of the Revolution: The French, 1799-1914’ (Allen Lane, 2008) and ‘Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance’ (Harvard University Press, 2015).

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on how his new book, ‘Empires of the Mind: The Colonial Past and the Politics of the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2019)’, came to be compaison between the legacies and politics of the colonial past in France and Britain.