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Professor of modern history Bruce's main expertise is the history of how British military and naval power contributed to the expansion of the empire during 1780-1902. He covers American political and social history since the 1960s and has published on the coming of the civil war in America, as well as America's 'slave south'.


  • British military and naval power 1780-1902
  • British empire in India, 1780s to the Mutiny-Rebellion of 1857-59
  • Britain and the Napoleonic wars
  • The Peninsular War, 1808-14
  • wars in South Africa
  • origins of the American civil war
  • slavery in America
  • America since the 1960s - race, crime, ethnic change
  • current American politics
Notable media coverage:
  • BBC Radio Sheffield [2012]
    2012 US elections
  • BBC Radio Sheffield [2008]
    2008 US election and Obama's state visit to Britain
  • BBC Radio Lincoln [2001]
    British military expansionism in the 19th century 
  • History Today [2001]
    Fighting the Afghans in the 19th Century
Bruce Collins

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