Beginning August, 2021, Tom Menger is a postdoctoral researcher at the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, where he is a member of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg “global dis:connect.” He holds a BA in European Studies and a BA and MA in History from the University of Amsterdam. He recently defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Cologne, titled “The Colonial Way of War: Extreme violence in knowledge and practice of colonial warfare in the British, German and Dutch colonial empires, c. 1890-1914.” His thesis adopts a transimperial approach to the violence of fin-de-siècle colonial warfare, not only outlining the shared discourse and practice of this violence across imperial borders, but also highlighting transimperial connections in this field. A special interest of his concerns transimperial biographies. His recent research interests also include the imperial infrastructure of early colonial oil industries, and how this relates to transimperial and global connectivity. Selected publications: Tom Menger: The Colonial Way of War: Extreme violence in knowledge and practice of colonial warfare in the British, German and Dutch colonial empires, c. 1890-1914, PhD thesis: University of Cologne 2021. Tom Menger: “Press the thumb onto the eye”: Moral Effect, Extreme Violence, and the Transimperial Notions of British, German and Dutch Colonial Warfare, c. 1890-1914, in: Itinerario, forthcoming 2022.
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