Mr Martin Plaut

Contact details

Mr Martin Plaut
Position/Fellowship type:
Senior Research Fellow
Fellowship term:
15-Nov-2012 to 31-Jul-2018
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
3 Ryland Road, London NW5 3EA
07808 527208
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Civil Rights, Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, International Relations, Modern History , Political Institutions, Socialism, Communism, Anarchism
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Africa in general and Southern Africa and the Horn of Africa in particular.

Project summary relevant to Fellowship:

Having completed my book on South Africa between the Boer war and World War One, I am finalising a book on Eritrea and continuing to work more widely on the Horn of Africa and southern Africa.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Oct-2016 Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa’s most repressive state


 Hurst Publishers, October 2016

01-Aug-2016 F.Z.S. Peregrino, A Significant but Duplicitous Figure in the Black Atlantic World

 (with David Killingray), South African Historical Journal, August 2016

01-Jul-2016 Olive Schreiner and the Taaibosch derailment: From ‘Pro-Boer’ activism to networking with the early British Labour Party,


 Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa, vol. 70, no 1, June 2016

01-Apr-2016 Promise and Despair: The first struggle for a non-racial South Africa, 1899 – 1914


 Jacana Media, April 2016

01-Jan-2016 Joseph Gerrans and Resistance to the Planned Incorporation of Botswana into the Union of South Africa, 1909


 Botswana Notes and Records, Volume 47, 2016

01-Oct-2014 South Africa: How the ANC wins elections

Journal articles

Review of African Political Economy 2014

31-Jul-2014 Keir Hardie's visit to South Africa, 1908

Journal articles

Bulletin of the South African Library

01-Jan-2014 New Light on Gandhi's Decisive South African Confrontation


 New Light on Gandhi's Decisive South African Confrontation

04-Dec-2013 Gandhi ’s Decisive South African 1913 Campaign: A Personal Perspective from the Letters of Betty Molteno

Journal articles

Corder,Catherine and Plaut, Martin, Gandhi's decisive South African 1913 campaign: a presonal perspective from the letters of Betty Molteno. South African Historical Journal,  (2013)

26-Jun-2013 How unstable is the Horn of Africa?

Journal articles

Review of African Political Economy, Volume 40, Issue 136, 2013

How can one explain the apparent stability that has prevailed in the Horn since 1991? The overthrow of the Mengistu regime in Ethiopia and the de-facto independence of Eritrea paved the way for a period of stable government that had been absent for the many years. Stability is not peace, but one is struck by the fact that for more than two decades the key countries in the Horn have remained essentially under the same administrations or forms of government.

01-Jan-2012 Who Rules South Africa?

Edited Book

Jonathan Ball, (with Paul Holden)  ISBN 9781868424252 

01-Jan-2010 Fighting for Britain: African soldiers in the Second World War

Edited Book

James Currey, (by David Killingray, with Martin Plaut) ISBN 1847010156

01-Jan-2010 South African Student Protest, 1968: Remembering the Mafeje Sit-in


History Workshop Journal, Vol 69 No 1 pp. 199 - 205

01-Jan-2010 The Nile comes to the boil


African Security Review, Vol 19 No 3 pp. 114 - 118


01-Jan-2010 South Africa: The ANC's difficult allies


Review of African Political Economy, Vol 37 No 124, pp. 201 - 212


01-Jan-2007 Trading Guns for Gold: Pakistani Peacekeepers in the Congo


Review of African Political Economy,  Vol 34 No 113, (Sept 2007), pp580-588

01-Jan-2007 Ethiopia and Eritrea: Allergic to persuasion


Royal Institute of International Affairs, (with Sally Healy)

01-Jan-2005 Unfinished Business: Ethiopia and Eritrea at war

Edited Book

 Red Sea Press, (editor, with Dominique Jacquin-Berdal)ISBN 1569022178

01-Jan-1999 War in the Horn


Royal Institute of International Affairs, (with Patrick Gilkes) ISBN 1862030596

01-Jan-1984 Power! Black workers, their unions and the struggle for freedom in South Africa

Edited Book

Spokesman Press, (with Denis MacShane and David Ward) ISBN 0851244114


Ethiopia's Oromo Liberation Front


Review of African Political Economy, Vol 33, No 109 (Sept 2006), pp587-593

Additional Publications

Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
17-Jul-2015 SCOLMA Annual Conference 2015

“Imagery of African troops”, to SCOLMA Annual Conference 2015, “There came a darkness”: Africa, Africans and World War I

01-Jul-2015 Interviews with BBC

  Interviews with BBC, al-Jazeera, Monocle radio. Articles for the Guardian and New Statesman.

01-Jul-2015 Consultations with Foreign and Commonwealth Office and US State Department.

 Consultations with Foreign and Commonwealth Office and US State Department.

05-Dec-2014 Nelson Mandela: Myth and Reality

 Joint convenor with Keith Somerville

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