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‘Imprisoned in the Vatican’: Neutrality and the Challenges Facing the French Embassy to the Holy See in World War Two

Paper presented at ‘Embassies in Crisis’ conference, British Academy, 9 June 2016 Introduction The case of the French embassy to the Holy See in the Second World War was very different to the other embassies being discussed today, given the … Continue reading

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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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A Shield against Italy? Vichy and the Defence of French Sovereignty, 1940-42

In December 1941, the head of the Italian armistice commission for France, General Vacca Maggiolini, accused French police and functionaries in the unoccupied zone of being complicit in anti-Italian intelligence activities. In February that year, General Grossi accused the French authorities … Continue reading

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‘A stab in the back’: Mussolini’s declaration of war against France, 10 June 1940

75th anniversary of Italian declaration of war against France Italian invasion and occupation of France often neglected Many in France saw it as a betrayal The Italian declaration of war against France on 10 June 1940 has often been forgotten or … Continue reading

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