Exiting war

The British Empire and the 1918-20 moment

Edited by Romain Fathi, Margaret Hutchison, Andrekos Varnava and Michael Walsh

Exiting war


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5583-2
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: January 2022
  • BIC Category: Modern History, HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, Humanities / First World War, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, Humanities / Social & cultural history, History, Social & cultural history, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Imperialism
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


Exiting war explores a particular 1918-20 'moment' in the British Empire's history, between the First World War's armistices of 1918, and the peace treaties of 1919 and 1920. That moment, we argue, was a challenging and transformative time for the Empire. While British authorities successfully answered some of the post-war tests they faced, such as demobilisation, repatriation, and fighting the widespread effects of the Spanish flu, the racial, social, political and economic hallmarks of their imperialism set the scene for a wide range of expressions of loyalties and disloyalties, and anticolonial movements. The book documents and conceptualises this 1918-20 'moment' and its characteristics as a crucial three-year period of transformation for and within the Empire, examining these years for the significant shifts in the imperial relationship that occurred and as laying the foundation for later change in the imperial system.


1 The 1918-20 moment and the British Empire's sorties de guerre - Romain Fathi, Margaret Hutchison, Andrekos Varnava and Michael J. K. Walsh
Part I Facing the challenges of peace

2 Australia, empire, and the 1918-19 influenza pandemic - Hannah Mawdsley
3 Repatriation 1918-20 and the changing Anglo-imperial relationship - Trevor Harris
4 The Elimination of the Germans from the British Empire at the end of the First World War - Panikos Panayi
Part II Controlling and exporting a military tradition
5 British colonial re-affirmation at the 1918-1920 moment: appropriation, dehumanisation and the rule of colonial difference - Samragni Bonnerjee
6 Beyond Amritsar: the Indian Army and the fight for empire, 1918-1920 - Kate Imy
Part III Contesting and strengthening empire
7 The aftermath of the Great War and the birth of modern Quebec nationalism - Charles-Philippe Courtois
8 The failure of the Enosis policy in Cyprus after the Great War: between liberal philhellenism and imperialism - Andrekos Varnava
9 From Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire to middle eastern mandates: understanding Britain's 1918-1920 moment in the Middle East - Clothilde Houot
Conclusion - Romain Fathi, Margaret Hutchison, Andrekos Varnava and Michael J. K. Walsh


Romain Fathi is a Senior Lecturer in History at Flinders University and an affiliated researcher at the Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po

Margaret Hutchison is a Lecturer in History at the Australian Catholic University

Andrekos Varnava is an Associate Professor in History at Flinders University

Michael J. K. Walsh is a Professor at, and the Chair of, the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University

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