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History of Violence Network

History of Violence Network

A soldier of the Nationalist Army during the Spanish Civil War

What is the History of Violence Network?

The history of violence is now the subject of extensive research across every historical field of enquiry, and features prominently in the work of the Department of History at the University of Warwick. The History of Violence Network brings together Warwick’s academic staff, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students, and MA students with shared research interests in aspects of the history of personal, social, political, and cultural violence. Our research and teaching on the history of violence covers interpersonal violence comprising lethal violence (murder and manslaughter), non-lethal violence (assault and rape), and consensual violence; collective violence (carnival, charivari, and massacres); individual and group political violence (riots, strikes, terrorism and revolution); and state violence against the individual (execution, punishment, terror). The Network also investigates cultural polemics and violence. We also ignore the traditional differentiation of war from violence.

The Network is strongly interdisciplinary in its approach to research on the history of violence, drawing on anthropological, economic, emotional, environmental, gender, geographical, legal, medical, philosophical, political, psychological, rhetorical, sociological, spatial, and visual approaches. The Network ranges from the late Middle Ages to the present, and reaches across the globe with members working on Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and the imperialisms of the early modern and modern eras.

The Network organises occasional seminars, workshops and conferences, these being located in the various research centres within the Department of History, as well as running an annual Summer School on ‘Histories of Violence’, supported by the EUTOPIA group of European universities.

Summer School



For further information, please contact Professor David M. Anderson at;