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Dr Guillemette Crouzet

Guillemette Aline Crouzet

Room: H346, third floor of the Humanities Building


2021/22: On leave


Academic Profile

Guillemette Crouzet started a Marie Curie Sklodowska Individual Research Fellowship in April 2019 in the History Department at the University of Warwick, where she previously held a Newton International Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is an historian of the British empire, the Middle East and India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She received her PhD from the Sorbonne (Paris, 2014), and has undertaken research and teaching work through prestigious fellowships at the European University Institute in Florence, Sciences Po Paris, the Graduate Institute (University of Geneva) and Sorbonne-Université Abu Dhabi (SUAD). Her prize-winning first book, Genèses du Moyen-Orient. Le Golfe Persique à l'âge des impérialismes, was published in 2015.

She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Postdoctoral Fellowships and Employment

  • From April 2019: Marie Curie Sklodowska Individual Research Fellow, Department of History, Warwick University
  • 2017-2019: Newton International Fellow, Department of History, Warwick University
  • 2016-2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of International History, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • 2015-2016: Max Weber Fellow, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence
  • 2013-2015: Temporary Lecturer in History, Department of History, Sorbonne University
  • 2014: Temporary Lecturer in History, Department of History, Sciences Po

Short-term/Visiting positions

  • 2021–22: Université Toulouse-II-Jean-Jaurès, invited scholar, to give a series of guest lectures, spring 2021 and spring 2022.
  •  2012–13: Visiting PhD student, University of Cambridge (John Knox studentship).
  • 2011–12: Visiting PhD student, King’s College London.


Crude Empire: British Oil Imperialism and the Making of the Modern Middle East (c.1901–1935)

  • Project description

This project seeks to provide the first full assessment of the role played by oil in a renewed British imperialism in the Middle East in the decades around 1900, while assessing local social, political and environmental consequences in the region. Charting interactions and conflicts between different ecological regimes in the Middle East, this project highlights the connections between the British empire, the search for oil and its role in what is now termed the Anthropocene, or a deleterious shift in man's relationship to geology, fossil fuels and the wider natural world.

Teaching at Warwick

Publications (selection)

  • Books

2015: Genèses du Moyen-Orient: le Golfe Persique à l’âge des impérialismes (c.1800–c.1914) / [The Birth of the Middle East. The Persian Gulf in the Age of Imperialism (c.1800–c.1914)] (Ceyzerieux: Champ Vallon, 2015), 670pp. With a foreword by Prof. Christopher A. Bayly.

Winner of the 2016 Sophie Barluet Book PrizeLink opens in a new window awarded by the French Centre National du Livre

Winner of the 2017 Guy Lasserre Book PrizeLink opens in a new window awarded by the Académie Nationale des Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts, Bordeaux


2022: Inventing the Middle East: Britain and the Persian Gulf in the Age of Global Imperialism, in production, forthcoming in October 2022 with McGill-Queen’s University Press.

  • Articles (selection)

2020: "Arms Trafficking and the Globalization of the Persian Gulf in the Late Nineteenth Century", Journal of Levantine Studies Vol. 10, No. 1 ( 2020), pp.69-89.

2019: "The British Empire in India, the Gulf pearl and the making of the Middle East", Middle Eastern Studies, 55:6 (2019), pp. 864-878.

2019: “A Second Fachoda? Franco-British relations in Oman at the end of the nineteenth century”, in James R. Fichter, ed., Connected Empires: British and French Colonialism in Africa, Asia and the Middle East from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries (London: Palgrave, 2019), pp. 133–52.

2017: '"For England everything centres round India and Arabia". La guerre anglo-allemande dans le golfe Persique : impérialismes, politique tribale et jihad (1914–1915)', Revue des Mondes Musulmans et de la Méditerranée, 141 (2017), pp. 85–103.
2016: 'Un Fachoda en mer d’Oman a la veille de l’Entente Cordiale? L’affaire du dépôt de charbon (1898–1899)', Relations Internationales, 166:2 (2016), pp. 53–68.
2016: 'Les Britanniques et l’invention du Moyen-Orient: essai sur des géographies plurielles', Esprit, 424 (2016), pp. 31–46.
2015: 'Between Imperial Rivalries and Cooperation: Epidemic Diseases and Health Policies in the Arabo-Persian Gulf in the Long Nineteenth Century', special issue Gateways of Disease. Public Health in European and Asian Port Cities at the Birth of the Modern World in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries, Düsseldorfer Texte zur Medizingeschichte, 7 (2015), pp. 28–41.
2014: '"A Right to Interfere": lutte contre la traite et création d’un espace régional de droit dans le Golfe Arabo-Persique sous domination britannique (vers 1820–vers 1880)', Histoire, Economie et Société, 33:2 (2014), pp. 79–94.