MARK JAMES CROWLEY portrait
  • Associate Professor (Lecturer), Management Department

Research Statement

My main area of research has, to date, concentrated on the social, gender, business and policy history of the Second World War (and entirely from a British perspective). I have presented my research at over 60 international conferences, and developed links with scholars in North America, Canada, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and China. My current research focuses on the relationship and perceptions of the British government towards China during the Second World War – the materials for which I collected as a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies.   This research will form part of my second monograph. This research is primarily concerned with the examining how both Britain and the United States of America perceived China as a country of strategic importance for the prosecution of the Second World War.  It will explore the extent to which the nature of the wartime relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, and their disagreements over China influenced the way in which strategic decisions were made in this theater of war. It will also allude to the importance of voluntary movements, especially trade unions, in relation to their humanitarian work for Chinese refugees and victims of war.  Furthermore, it will explore how the changing political situation in China in the aftermath of the war served to create tensions between the USA, UK and China, and strained the prospect of long-term international peace.

Research Keywords

  • World War Two
  • Women Workers in Britain in Wartime
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomatic History
  • Business History
  • British History
  • Anglo American Relations

Languages

  • Chinese, basic.
    Basic conversational.
  • English, fluent.
  • French, functional.
    Functional spoken and written.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • China
    Anglo-American relations with China during the Second World War.

Publications

  • Crowley, Mark J & Dawson, Sandra Trudgen (2020). Women’s Wartime Experience: Exile, Survival and Everyday Life, 1939-45 . (pp. 222). Boydell and Brewer. Discipline based - refereed, Accepted, 12/01/2020.