Dr Jonathan Dunnage
Associate Professor
Telephone: (01792) 602610
Room: Office - 111
First Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus

I am a social and cultural historian of twentieth-century Europe with particular interests in Italy, policing, crime and militarization. I teach Italian history, and the history of crime, policing and punishment, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In the recent past, my research has focused on the internal culture and worldviews of the Italian police under Mussolini’s regime and during the early years of the Republic. I am currently investigating representations of crime and ‘deviance’ to the public through the media and popular culture in fascist and Cold War Italy. I am also a participant in a collaborative research project on the militarization of Europe since 1945, which involves a multi-disciplinary international network of researchers. Within this project, I am researching the ‘cultural’ militarization of the police and internal security in post-war Italy. I am a founder member of the Research Group for the Study of Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory (CRAM), based in the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. I belong to the European Social Science History Criminal Justice Network. I am a member of the advisory board of the journal, Crime, Histoire et Sociétés/Crime, History and Societies, and of the editorial team of the Italian online journal Bibliomanie. Letterature, Storiografie, Semiotiche (bibliomanie.it).


  1. Dunnage, J. Historical perspectives on democratic police reform: institutional memory, narratives and ritual in the post-war Italian police, 1948-1963 Policing and Society
  2. Dunnage, J. The legacy of Cesare Lombroso and criminal anthropology in the post-war Italian police: a study of the culture, narrative and memory of a post-fascist institution Journal of Modern Italian Studies 22 3 365 384
  3. Dunnage, J. 'Policemen and “Women of Ill Repute”: A Study of Male Sexual Attitudes and Behaviour in Fascist Italy’ European History Quarterly 46 1 72 91
  4. Dunnage, J. Mussolini’s Policemen: Behaviour, Ideology and Institutional Culture in Representation and Practice Manchester Manchester University Press
  5. Dunnage, J. ‘Italian Policemen and Fascist Ideology’ The Italianist 31 1 99 111

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  • HI-M01 Historical Methods and Approaches

    This module provides training in advanced historical research. It is designed to introduce students to methods of historical investigation, writing, and presentation, and to important historical resources (including archives, collections of sources, and museums). Attention will be given to the use of IT in historical work work as well as more traditional paper-based methods.

  • HI-M22 Dissertation

    Students produce a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a historical topic, chosen in conjunction with their supervisor. This represents the culmination of the History MAs, and constitutes Part Two of the programme.

  • HI-M39 Research Folder

    This module is designed to help students to identify a dissertation topic appropriate to their interests and expertise, and to tackle the problems of methodology, develop the research techniques, and undertake the project planning which are the necessary preliminaries to researching and writing a 20,000 word dissertation.

  • HI-M80 Directed Reading in History

    Under the guidance of an expert supervisor, students analyse developments in research and historiography relating to a topic in History which they choose from a wide range of options.

  • HIH121 Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989

    The nineteenth century saw the rise of a western European civilization, characterized, as Eric Hobsbawm has noted, by capitalist economics, liberal politics, and the dominance of a middle class that celebrated morality and science. In the twentieth century this civilization faced unprecedented challenges from new political ideologies, and from a working class demanding the right to govern in its own name. The result was an eruption of violence not seen on the continent for centuries; in its wake, the Cold War divided the Europe with an Iron Curtain, and saw the continent become the client of two world superpowers ¿ the USA and the Soviet Union. This team-taught module relies on the specialist knowledge of its tutors to examine economic, political and social themes in the history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe.

  • HIH237 The Practice of History

    The purpose of the module is to encourage you to think more deeply about how historians work and, in particular, about how we as historians can locate and use primary historical sources effectively as a means of interpreting and understanding the past. During the module we will learn about the survival of historical evidence, how it is organised and made accessible to historians to undertake their research, and how to effectively locate and interpret it in your studies. We will consider how the process of doing historical research changes over time, in particular with the impact of recent developments like digitization. At the core of the module will be the work you undertake with others in your seminar group using a range of primary sources which your seminar tutor will introduce to you. As part of the module assessment you will also undertake your own primary source based research project using items from these collections. The module is designed strengthen your analytical skills and to help prepare you for the more extensive uses of primary evidence which you will encounter in final year special subjects and dissertation.

  • HIH258 Occupied Europe 1938 - 1947

    During the course of the Second World War, almost all of continental Europe fell under German control. What was life like in occupied Europe? How did leaders and ordinary citizens cope with occupation and its ensuing hardships? In this module, we will interrogate concepts such as `collaboration¿ and `resistance¿ in an effort to understand why people made the choices they did in a tense and terrible situation. The module will explore the enormous impact of occupation on communities across the continent, examining the nature and repercussions of forced labour, population transfers, resistance and reprisals, deportation, and the mass murder of Europe¿s Jews and Roma.

  • HIH3300 History Dissertation

    The History dissertation is a free-standing, 40-credit module that runs across both semesters of Level Three. Candidates conduct research upon a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of staff teaching for the degrees in History, and concerning a topic that falls within staff research and teaching interests.

  • ML-227 War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)

    War and Conflict in European Film provides a detailed overview of the history of war and conflict in Europe from the early twentieth century to the present day as it is represented and expressed on film. Beginning with the origins of film-art fused with political expression, the module proceeds through the analysis of film movements and representative films to engage with and analyse the development of war and conflict in Europe as it is represented and expressed in relation to film narrative, aesthetics and genre. Encompassing both World Wars, the rise and fall of Communism, the often violent end of European colonialism, and the `oil wars¿ of recent decades, this module is of vital interest to all those with an interest in the history of Europe, the nature of war and conflict, and the response of film, the art form of the twentieth century, to these events and themes.


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