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Corsican nationalism twenty years after the assassination of Prefect Claude Erignac

On Tuesday 6 February 2018, Emmanuel Macron is due to make his first visit to Corsica since being elected French President. The occasion will be to mark twenty years since the assassination of Prefect Claude Erignac in Ajaccio by Corsican … Continue reading

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Occupiers who became Liberators: Remembering and Forgetting the Italian Occupation of France

The Italian occupation of parts of France and Corsica never quite fitted the wider dominant narrative of the French struggle against the Nazi occupation. Concepts of occupation and liberation seem bizarrely inverted. After occupying Corsica for 10 months, when Italy … Continue reading

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‘Laboratory of Liberation’: Lessons for France from the Liberation of Corsica

  Liberation of Corsica in 1943 provided important lessons for mainland France Corsica provided warnings of what might happen if Communists took charge Corsican experience showed allies the capabilities and limitations of the Resistance On the eve of the 70th … Continue reading

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The Italian occupation of France, 1940-43: Responding to the threats of Annexation

On 4 December 1938, witnessed by thousands, the president of the war veterans’ association for Corsica delivered what became known as the ‘oath of Bastia’: ‘Before the world, with all our soul, on our glories, on our graves, on our … Continue reading

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A Battle to Remain French: Occupation, Resistance and Liberation in Corsica in the Second World War

70th anniversary of the liberation of Corsica Against threats from Fascist Italy, war became a battle for Corsica to remain French When war erupted in 1939, Corsicans mobilised against what many considered to be their ‘hereditary enemy’. Unlike most of … Continue reading

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Musée de la Résistance en Alta Rocca

The Musée de la Résistance en Alta Rocca, which opened in April 2013, is the only museum dedicated to the particular experiences of Corsica during the Second World War. Located in Zonza, the museum recounts the history of the resistance … Continue reading

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How Corsica became a symbol of resistance against Italian occupation in World War Two

Symbols of Corsica worn to oppose Italian claims over France Corsica a shorthand for the resistance in the maquis In 1943, people living under Italian occupation in Haute-Savoie took to wearing metal badges of Corsica as a sign of opposition … Continue reading

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How was Corsica shaped by the Second World War?

As the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Corsica approaches, now is the time to re-examine how far the legacies of the experiences of the war and the Italian occupation of Corsica shaped identities on the island. Corsica was the … Continue reading

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