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-M77 Communicating History

    Under the supervision of staff of the Department of History and Classics and of the Richard Burton Archive/ISS (or other relevant institutions outside Swansea University), students investigate a historical collection (or set of collections) with a view to producing written and oral commentaries about the collection aimed at non-specialist audiences.

  • 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.

  • HIH282 Rebuilding Western Europe: Cultures and Societies, 1945-1975

    The Second World War left Europe devastated and divided. As a result, the subsequent three decades witnessed an unprecedented effort across the continent to rebuild societies and cultures. In this process, `Western Europe¿, for most part, became an epitome of socio-economic and political stability ¿ not least against the background of the overwhelming majority of Western European nations either maintaining or adopting liberal democratic systems of parliamentary democracy. This module critically examines this period of seeming stability and uniformity in relation to key developments that took place within and across national societies and cultures. Based on approaches from social and cultural history, chief historical changes pertaining to such categories as gender, sexuality, religion and secularization, popular culture, migration and consumerism will be analysed in the period from the end of the Second World to the mid-1970s.

  • HIH3253 Fear, Conformity and Oppression in Fascist Italy

    The study of fascist Italy has over recent decades been characterized by debate and controversy over how repressive Mussolini's dictatorship was. This module forms the first of a two-part Special Subject (the other being HIH3254). It introduces students to the main historical debates surrounding repression in fascist Italy, comparing the institutional structures and levels of coercion and violence underpinning the fascist police state with those of Nazi Germany and Franco¿s Spain. The module also introduces the main primary sources used for analyzing repression in fascist Italy in the second module.

  • 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.


  • The Tuscan contest. Trade and diplomacy between Britain and Tuscany (1696-1704) (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Leighton James