Dr Edward Kent Fedorowich

PhD (LSE); Masters (U. of Saskatchewan); BA Hons (U. of Saskatchewan
Reader in British Imperial History
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Historical Studies 4303

Research interests

19th and 20th century British Imperial and Commonwealth history; history of Southern Africa since the late 19th century; Empire Migration and the British World; Anglo-dominion relations in the 20th century; 20th century decolonization; 20th century military history.



The over-arching theme throughout all of my work to date has been a comparative approach and one that is permeated by the fascination with Anglo-dominion relations. As a Canadian who has lived in the United Kingdom for more than 30 years, I believe I can give a unique insight into this relationship. And it has been this theme which has formed the backbone of my work whether it is empire migration, POW history, or more recently Anglo-Canadian wartime relations.

Researcher's projects


Books/Edited Collections


 Scholarly Edition:  The Man of the Moment: The Private and Personal Correspondence of Lord Sydney Buxton: Governor-General of South Africa, 1914-20, edited and introduced by Kent Fedorowich for the Council of Historical Publications Southern Africa (formerly the Van Riebeeck Society).  Contract awarded August 2017 with delivery date for this 100,000-word manuscript October 2023.

 Monographs:  (With Ian van der Waag, Stellenbosch University), Civil War in South Africa? The Afrikaner Rebellion 1910-1916. This co-authored monograph of 100,000 words examines a pivotal period in this troubled dominion by examining the background to, outbreak of and consequences of the Afrikaner Rebellion which broke out just as war was declared in August 1914. 



‘The Canadians on Salisbury Plain, 1914-1915’, 12,000-word article to be submitted to the Canadian Historical Review in 2022.

With Jayne Gifford, ‘“Gullible’s Travels”? Sir Earle Page and Anglo-Australian wartime diplomacy, 1941-42’, 12,000-word article to be submitted to English Historical Review, International History Review or Australian Journal of Politics and History in 2023.

'Writing Home about Mother': Dominion Soldiers in the United Kingdom, 1914-1919.


Past student projects

PhD supervision - Successfully completed

 Ken Thomas, ‘The British Brewing Industry and Decolonization of the British Empire, 1945-1970’ (2004).

 George Scott, ‘Maintaining Social Order: Civilian Defence in Bristol during a Nuclear War, 1948-1968’ (2006).

 Jayne Gifford, ‘Britain in Egypt: Arab Nationalism and Strategic Choices, 1919-1930’ (2010).

 Graeme Whitehall, ‘The Import(ance) of History and Modernity:  Home, Parish and Imperial order in the photographic representation of Simla, 1860-1920’ (2014).

 Philip Legg, ‘Army, Police and Society in Ireland: Civil, Military and Police Relations in King’s County and County Donegal, c1870-1902’ (2014).

 David Whittington, ‘An Imperialist at Bay:  Leo Amery as Secretary of State for India, 1940-45’ (2016).

Evart Kleynhans, ‘The Southern Hunt: The Axis and Allied Maritime Operations around Southern Africa 1939-1945’, co-supervisor with Professor Ian van der Waag, University of Stellenbosch (2018).


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