Key Research Interests and Expertise

Dr Franzén's main research interest is the political history of the modern Middle East, with a special emphasis on the Arab East (the Mashreq). His research focuses on how Britain and other Western powers exercised power in the region and the local responses this outside interference gave rise to. As such, his research is eclectic and multifarious. It looks at very different topics, ranging from Ottoman statecraft in the 19th century, through the British imperial project in the first half of the 20th century and American influence and policy thereafter, to local Arab resistance, revolutions and coups, and corresponding political ideologies from the mid-20th century onwards. Key themes in this broad approach to the history of the region are: national and political identities and ideologies, patterns of domination and resistance, and intellectual history.       

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