Richard Daglish

BA (Hons) Keele University, M.Litt University of St Andrews

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Thesis title: 'Decolonising White Africa: Examining the Experiences of Algerians and Kenyans'
Supervisor: Dr Stephen Tyre


While an undergraduate at Keele University I became interested in how racial and social hierarchies were constructed within the British Empire. This curiosity was fuelled in part by how such factors had impacted upon the history of my own family, with my surname Daglish being a likely corruption or Anglicisation of the Gaelic name Dalglish. I graduated from Keele with a double first class honours degree in History and Politics, with my final year dissertation that examined how the settler community of colonial Kenya interacted from 1895 to 1939 receiving the Dame Victoria Wedgewood History Dissertation Prize.

In 2013 I came to the University of St. Andrews to study an M.Litt in Modern History. My masters thesis expanded upon my undergraduate work. Once again returning to Kenya, I explored how relations during the Second World War developed between the settler elite and the political establishment in the London metropole.

Supervised by Dr. Stephen Tyre who oversaw my masters dissertation, I began my PhD in Modern History in 2014, working under the tentative title of 'Decolonising White Africa: Examining the Experiences of Algerians and Kenyans' . Extending the scope of my study by incorporating an Anglo-Franco comparison, I hope to make use of extensive oral history studies that I will conduct myself, as well as new emerging materials thanks to increased digitisation of primary sources, to challenge previously partisan work and produce a more detailed history of white Africans during the second half of the twentieth century. Ultimately, I hope to discern how those white Africans that remained in former colonial states came to perceive themselves, how shared memory and cultural identity were shaped in the decades following decolonisation, and to what extent political rhetoric from the metropole influenced African politics.


Review of Prisoners of Rhodesia: Inmates and Detainees in the Struggle for Zimbabwean Liberation, 1960-1980 by Munyaradzi Bryn Munochiveyi, Oral History, Autumn 2016, Volume 44, No. 2.

Review of Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms: The Roots of Impermanence by Maxim Bolt, Reviews in History (August 2016), review no. 1969.

Conference Papers

"Lights, Camera, Mau Mau: Examining the production of Safari (1956) and the shaping of contemporary events into popular media." Presented at the Institut FrançaisWorkshop, Scotland - December 2016.

"Considering "...the baddest and the boldest of a bold, bad gang" -Ewart Grogan: The internal workings of the white Kenyan elite in the first half of the twentieth century." Presented at The Britain and the World Conference, King's College London, England - June 2016

"The White Kenyan Stigma: Considering the depictions of colonials within historical literature." Presented at the Late Modern History Research Seminar, University of St. Andrews, Scotland - April 2016

"Examining the Limitations of Oral Testimonials in the Mau Mau Emergency: A Case Study of Dr. Reginald Southcomb Bunny." Presented at the Historical Perspectives Conference, University of St. Andrews, Scotland - June 2015

“'However, one must keep smiling.'-Sir Robert Brooke-Popham. The Relationship and Political Discourse Between the London Elite and White Kenyan Settler Elite, c. 1930-1945. ”
Presented at the History and Cultures Workshop, University of Birmingham, England - February 2015


Russell Trust Award (2015)

Other Duties

President of the Historical Perspectives Society