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School of History

Dr Mark Condos


Lecturer in Imperial and Global History

Room Number: ArtsTwo 4.05


I completed both my BA and MA at Queen's University in Canada.  In 2013, I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge.  My doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between militarism, violence, and state-building in colonial Punjab and along the North-West Frontier of British India.


Research Interests:

My most recent research examines how colonial anxieties, fears, and vulnerabilities played an important role in determining the authoritarian and often violent practices of the British colonial state in Punjab and India. I have also written extensively on the phenomenon of ‘fanaticism’ along the North-West Frontier of British India and colonial attempts to contain this dangerous ‘menace.’ My current project examines how different forms of legal and extrajudicial violence were incorporated by the British and French empires in their attempts to police different frontier regions.

  • Colonial India and Punjab
  • Imperial and global history, c. 1750-1947
  • Anxiety and fear in the colonial world
  • Law and violence
  • Imperial policing and pacification
  • Frontiers



Mark Condos, 'The Indian "Alsatia": Sovereignty, Extradition, and the Limits of Franco-British Colonial Policing', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (2019), pp. 1-27

- The Insecurity State: Punjab and the Making of Colonial Power in British India, 1849-1935(link is external) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)


- 'License to Kill: The Murderous Outrages Act and the Rule of Law in Colonial India, 1867-1925(link is external),' Modern Asian Studies, vol. 50, no. 2 (2016), 479-517

- ‘“Fanaticism” and the Politics of Resistance along the North West Frontier of British India(link is external),’ Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 58, no. 3 (2016), 717-745

- Mark Condos and Gavin Rand, 'Coercion and Conciliation at the Edge of Empire: State-Building and its Limits in Waziristan, 1849-1914, The Historical Journal (2017), 1-24