Tag Archives: Second World War

Relations between Britain and France in World War Two

Institut Français d’Ecosse, Edinburgh, 3 May 2017 Roundtable speakers: Professor Peter Jackson (Glasgow) and Dr Emile Chabal (Edinburgh) When war was declared in September 1939, Britain and France stood together as allies with similar democratic traditions, levels of military and … Continue reading

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BBC Monitoring and French Radio during the Second World War

Introduction On 28 June 1940, Alexis Léger, the former head of the French Foreign Ministry told Winston Churchill that against a background of growing anti-British sentiment in France following the defeat, Britain might make use of the fact that BBC … Continue reading

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

University of Strathclyde, 6-7 September 2016 Keynote speakers:  Professor MacGregor Knox, London School of Economics Professor Nicola Labanca, Università degli Studi di Siena   Registration now open: http://onlineshop.strath.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=157&catid=68&prodid=538 From the invasion of Abyssinia to the end of World War Two, Italy experienced … Continue reading

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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: Relations between Britain and France at the end of World War Two: Cooperation and Reconstruction

Relations between Britain and France at the end of World War Two: Cooperation and Reconstruction Provisional Programme: Workshop programme Workshop: 6 May 2016, Institute of Historical Research, London Workshop convenors: Dr Rogelia Pastor-Castro and Dr Karine Varley, University of Strathclyde This … Continue reading

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Relations between Britain and France in World War Two

I am currently working on a two-year Royal Society of Edinburgh Network on ‘Relations between Britain and France in World War Two’, with Dr Rogelia Pastor-Castro.   The Network  The network will contribute substantially to understanding the wider long-term significance … 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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Perceptions of Britain in Vichy’s Foreign Policy, 1940-1942

Presented at ‘Britain and France in World War Two’ colloquium, British Ambassador’s Residence, Paris, 16 October 2015 Anglophobia In a conversation with Pastor Boegner on 27 May 1941, Admiral Darlan stated: ‘I worked with the English for fifteen years, they … 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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