I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in History and French and a Master’s in Twentieth Century History. I studied for a PhD at Cardiff University under the supervision of Professor Kevin Passmore. Before coming to the department in 2012, I was lecturer in Modern European History at Birkbeck, University of London (2009-10) and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Cardiff University (2010-2012). I have written on the French veterans’ movement after the First World War and on political violence in interwar France. I have contributed to History Today magazine. Visit my personal webpage for resources for students and researchers of French History.
Political violence in France, 1918-1940
Scholarship on interwar France has claimed that political violence was a marginal phenomenon. However, studies of extra-parliamentary groups, based on limited research, have suggested that this may not be the case. My project takes research in several new directions. It examines the violence of left- and right-wing groups and the police, and the role and scale of violence in action and discourse between 1918 and 1940. It investigates cultural practices, such as political meetings, and what these can tell us about the unspoken assumptions and rules of violent action. It sets French political violence in its European context, investigating the extent to which foreign groups influenced their French counterparts. The project seeks to develop broader conclusions regarding French republican political culture, principally on the place of violence as an accepted form of expression within the Third Republic.
My project on French veterans of the Great War explores the political mobilisation of the two largest French veterans’ associations during the interwar years, the Union fédérale (UF) and the Union nationale des combattants (UNC).
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