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Dr Bérénice Guyot-Réchard

Dr Bérénice Guyot-Réchard

Guyot-Rechard_BereniceLecturer in Twentieth-Century International History

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King’s College London
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I joined King’s College London as Lecturer in Twentieth Century International History in early 2016, after a Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In 2014-15 I was Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. I received my PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge, and am also an alumnus of Sciences Po Paris, the Australian National University, and the London School of Economics. I was awarded the 2012 annual prize of the British Association for South Asian Studies as well as Cambridge University’s Prince Consort Prize and Seeley Medal, for the best doctoral dissertation completed in the History Faculty in 2014.

Research interests

I am a historian of modern South Asia and its global and regional environment, with broad interests in:

  • Inter-national and trans-national relations in the post-colonial world
  • South Asia and the Indian Ocean
  • Frontiers, borders and borderlands
  • Decolonisation
  • State-making and nation-building

My research examines the connections between international history and social, political, and environmental change within and across international borders - with a focus on how decolonisation affected "international" relations and connections in and around the Indian sub-continent.  My first book, Shadow States: India, China and the eastern Himalayas was published by Cambridge University Press in late 2016, and I am starting a new project on India and the Indian Ocean since 1947.

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Selected publications
  • Shadow States: India, China and the Himalayas, 1910-1962 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  • “When legions thunder past: The Second World War and India’s north-east frontier”, in War in History (2017)
  • “Tour diaries and itinerant governance in the eastern Himalayas, ca.1909-1962”, in The Historical Journal, 60:4 (2017), 1023-1046
  • “Re-ordering a border space: Relief, rehabilitation, and nation-building in north-eastern India after the 1950 Assam Earthquake”, in Modern Asian Studies, 49:4 (2015), 931-962
  • “Nation-building or state-making? India's North-East Frontier and the ambiguities of Nehruvian developmentalism, 1950–1959”, in Contemporary South Asia, 21:1 (2013), 22-37
Expertise and public engagement

I regularly contribute to debates on my field of expertise, the politics and history of modern South Asia, in the international press and online media.

I am the South Asian Studies Editor at Dissertation Reviews, an open access project that offers a glimpse into the immediate present of humanities and social science research by publishing recently defended, unpublished dissertations.

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