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Dr Guillemette Crouzet

Guillemette Aline Crouzet

Room: H346, third floor of the Humanities Building



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 British Academy/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), and has undertaken research and teaching work through prestigious fellowships at the European University Institute in Florence, Sciences Po Paris, and the Graduate Institute (University of Geneva). Her prize-winning first book, Genèses du Moyen-Orient. Le Golfe Persique à l'âge des impérialismes, was published in 2015.

  • 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
  • 2009-2014: PhD in History, Department of History, Sorbonne University
  • 2013-2014: Visiting PhD studentship, Faculty of History, Cambridge University
  • 2012-2013: Visiting PhD studentship, History Department, King’s College London.


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

  • Project description

This project recasts the history of early twentieth-century British involvement in the Middle East by placing oil — its exploration, extraction, and the geopolitical implications of this — at the centre of analysis. By doing so, it offers new perspectives on major scholarly debates while also opening a series of further research avenues.


Publications (selection)

  • Book

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 Prize awarded by the French Centre National du Livre

Winner of the 2017 Guy Lasserre Book Prize awarded by the Académie Nationale des Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts, Bordeaux

  • Articles (selection)

2019: "The British Empire in India, the Gulf pearl and the making of the Middle East", Middle Eastern Studies. Early access online:

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.