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Dr Marie de Rugy

Dr Marie de Rugy

Junior Research Fellow

British Academy Newton International Fellow

Wolfson College
Barton Road

Cambridge CB3 9BB

Subject groups/Research projects

World History:

Departments and Institutes

Wolfson College:
Junior Research Fellow

Research Interests

Combining imperial history and history of cartography, my PhD research focused on the spatial construction of border areas in Upper Burma, French Indochina and Siam from 1885 to 1914. Completed at Université Paris 1 in 2016, it will be published as a book in October 2018.

My current postdoctoral project deals with the use of vernacular knowledge by the Europeans in Southeast Asia during the colonial period. Asian maps kept at Cambridge, London, Paris and Hanoi are the main sources for this work.

On a longer term basis, I plan to pursue my research on imperial comparisons and border-making in Southeast Asia as well as examine the cartographical circulations between France, England and Germany through the Gotha Perthes collection.


  • Imperial History


Key Publications


Aux confins des empires, Paris, éditions de la Sorbonne, September 2018 


- "Le moment colonial au Việt Nam (1850-1954)", in Benoît de Tréglodé, Histoire du Việt Nam de la colonisation à nos jours, Paris, éditions de la Sorbonne, 2018.

- "Explorateurs et savoirs géographiques", in Christophe Bertrand, Caroline Herbelin et Jean-François Klein, dir., Indochine, des territoires et des hommes, 1856-1956, Paris, Gallimard, 2013, p. 68-71.


- With Hélène Blais, "Colonial and Imperial Mapping in French Southeast Asia", in Roger Kain, dir., Cartography in the Nineteenth Century, vol. 5 History of Cartography, Chicago, University of Chicago Press (forthcoming). 

- "Se repérer au Tonkin. Usage d’un croquis vietnamien par les Français lors de la conquête, 1883-1886", Revue d’histoire du XIXe siècle, n°56, 2018/1.