Tag Archives: Italian Occupation

Call for Papers: Italy’s Decade of War: 1935-45 in International Perspective

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 6-7 September 2016 Deadline extended to 31 March 2016 Keynote speakers Professor MacGregor Knox, London School of Economics Professor Nicola Labanca, Università degli Studi di Siena From the invasion of Abyssinia to the end of World War … 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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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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