Contact me at: Dr Karine Varley, Lecturer, School of Humanities, University of Strathclyde

E-mail: Karine.Varley@strath.ac.uk


I am an historian of modern Europe. My first book, Under the Shadow of Defeat: The War of 1870-71 in French Memory (Palgrave Macmillan: 2008), explores the memory of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. It argues that the French defeat of 1870-71 sparked soul-searching and a reassessment of the character of the nation. It is the first book to explore how memories of the Franco-Prussian War shaped French political culture and identities. It argues that these memories reawakened deep political divisions, distorting them through the prism of the “terrible year.” It sheds new light on how people constructed memories not only to define and articulate their ideas, but also to situate themselves within new concepts of France.

I am currently working on a book provisionally entitled ‘Between Vichy France and Fascist Italy: The Second World War in South-Eastern France, Corsica and French North Africa’.

I have a particular interest in Corsican history and politics.

I studied History at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. After spending a year working in tax consultancy at BDO Stoy Hayward in London, I gained a Distinction in my MA in Modern History at the University of Leeds, and then completed my PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London.


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