St Cross Alumnus Matthew Kennedy publishes book entitled "The Imperial Commonwealth"

St Cross Alumnus Matthew Kennedy publishes book entitled "The Imperial Commonwealth"

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St Cross alumnus, Wm Matthew Kennedy (MSt Global and Imperial History, 2009) recently published his book “The imperial Commonwealth – Australia and the project of empire, 1867-1914". 

The book is published by Manchester University Press (MUP), renowned internationally for its publishing excellence, contributions to research, and promotion of learning, all aimed at benefiting society and the broader environment. Covering the late 1800s to early 1900s, the book explores how Australian settlers redefined 'empire,' driven by racial notions. They believed their whiteness and British identity qualified them for equal roles in Britain's imperial pursuits. This led to claims that as citizens of the Australian Commonwealth, they were apt for modern imperial tasks. Thus, Australians established their Pacific Islands empire, marked by distinct governance. 

Matthew successfully completed his MSt in Global and Imperial History at St Cross College in 2009 and currently serves as a Research Associate at the University of Sussex. He also recently held the honour of being a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow. Matthew's academic pursuits encompass a diverse range of interests, including exploring the theory and practice of global governance, delving into the historical evolution of international law, examining themes of exile and surveilled subjectivity, and investigating humanitarian governance. 

In addition to this book, he has authored numerous articles, contributed to book chapters, presented at conferences, and delivered various other presentations, all of which are widely available on Academia

Congratulations on your outstanding accomplishments, Matthew!