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Dr Thomas Beaumont

Biography

Lecturer in European History

My research falls into two broad areas. I am a historian of modern and contemporary France with a particular interest in the history of France in the era of the two world wars. I also work on the history of international communism in the era of the Communist International (Comintern), 1919-43.

I am currently working on the history of the French railway workers and their links to the French Communist Party between the wars, and a project aimed at rethinking Communist Internationalism in the Comintern era. This second project explores the experience of migration and exile for European Communists in this period and the networks and connections which they developed as a result, links which often bypassed Moscow completely.

As part of this project I am currently working with Dr Tim Rees (University of Exeter) exploring the role of France (and in particular Paris) as a centre for international communism in the 1920s and 1930s.

I am happy to supervise PhD students in any areas broadly related to my specialisms in the political and social history of twentieth-century France and the history of Communism in Britain and Western Europe.

Publications

Books

Beaumont TW. 2018. Fellow Travellers: Railway Workers and Communism in Interwar France

Chapters

Beaumont T. 2014. International communism in interwar France, 1919-36 France in an Era of Global War, 1914-1945: Occupation, Politics, Empire and Entanglements :92-110 9781137443502 >DOI

Journal Articles

Beaumont T. 2014. Extending democracy: Railway workers and the popular front in France, 1936-1938 European History Quarterly, 44 :458-479 >DOI

Beaumont TW. 2013. Communists and French Railway Workers, 1920-34: The Parisian Leadership of the Cheminots Unitaires Twentieth Century Communism: A Journal of International History, :65-84