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Tom Menger

Tom Menger at Global dis:connect

Tom Menger

Postdoctoral researcher

Selected publications


Tom Menger is a historian of empire in the period between c. 1870 and 1914. Tom acquired his PhD with a transimperial history of fin-de-siècle colonial violence and war (monograph forthcoming). His main interests lay in transimperial history, the history of colonial violence and the history of imperial infrastructures. At global dis:connect, Tom is working on two projects. First, he studies infrastructures of the early (semi-)colonial oil industry, asking how these infrastructures relate to global connectivity and disconnectivity. Secondly, Tom is developing a project that seeks to study imperial rule, violence and security beyond the dichotomy of ‘continental’ and ‘maritime’ empires by looking at how European imperial states sought to impose reform on local security forces in the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the twentieth century.


Tom Menger studied history and European studies at the University of Amsterdam between 2010 and 2014. He received a research MA in history from the same university in 2016. His MA thesis was subsequently awarded the Otto von der Gablentz Thesis Prize. Between 2017 and 2021, Tom wrote his doctoral thesis at the University of Cologne and graduated summa cum laude for his dissertation entitled 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. This dissertation was shortlisted for the Hedwig Hintze Dissertation Prize of the VHD (German Historical Association) and was awarded the 2023 Dissertation Prize of the German Association for British Studies. During his doctoral phase, Tom was associate PhD at Queen Mary University of London (2018) and held a fellowship at the Institute for European History (IEG) in Mainz (2020).

Selected Publications

For a full publication list, download Tom’s CV below.


Energy Dis:connectivity in Europe’s Oil and Gas Supply’, Forum Global Dis:connections, Journal of Modern European History 21: 1 (2023) 6-9. https://doi.org/10.1177/161189442211489392


‘Concealing Colonial Comparability: British Exceptionalism, Imperial Violence, and The Dynamiting of Cave Refuges in Southern Africa, 1879-1897’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 50: 5 (2022) 860-889. https://doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2022.2057742


‘”Press the Thumb onto the Eye”: Moral Effect, Extreme Violence, and the Transimperial Notions of British, German and Dutch Colonial Warfare, c. 1890-1914’, Itinerario 46: 1 (2022) 84-108. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0165115321000371


“Of ‘Big Bags’ and ‘Golden Bridges’: Thinking the Colonial Massacre in British, German, and Dutch Manuals of Colonial Warfare, 1860-1910,” European History Yearbook 22 (2021) 79-97. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110776232-005


Download Tom’s CV here.