Dr Karine Varley

Lecturer

French

Personal statement

I am a historian of modern Europe with particular interests in modern French history and war. I am a graduate of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, the University of Leeds, and Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to my appointment at Strathclyde, I was Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Durham and then Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Edinburgh. Before moving into an academic career, I worked for a major financial services firm in London, specialising in Corporate Tax.

My first research project explored the memory of the Franco-Prussian War. My book, Under the Shadow of Defeat: The War of 1870-71 in French Memory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), is the first wide-ranging analysis of how memories of the Franco-Prussian War shaped French political culture and identities, and analyses the first widespread war remembrance in Europe. This research was funded with grants from the AHRC, Royal Historical Society, University of London Central Research Fund, and Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

I am currently working on a new project exploring the relatively neglected subject of French encounters and entanglements with Italy during the Second World War. My research analyses relations between Vichy France and Fascist Italy at government level and locally in south-eastern France, Corsica and North Africa, and the Italian occupation of France. This project seeks to shift the focus of historical investigation away from analyses of collaboration and resistance that are conceived exclusively in Franco-German terms. This research has been funded by grants from the British Academy and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

I am currently working on a two-year project funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 'Relations between Britain and France in World War Two'. In 2015, I co-organised an international conference on France and the Second World War in Global Perspective, 1919-45 and a colloquium on Britain and France in World War Two at the British Embassy in Paris. This is part of a wider project on Britain and France in War and Peace

My research blog on the history of modern Europe at war can be found at: http://francehistory.wordpress.com/

I am the Postgraduate Research Director for History and Modern Languages. I welcome postgraduate applications in any areas of modern French history, and nineteenth and twentieth-century European history.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am an editorial board member of Modern & Contemporary France. I have served as Conference Officer for the Society for the Study of French History, and I am currently the Treasurer of the Society.

I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, a panel member for History for the AHRC SGSAH and a pathway representative for Economic and Social History for the ESRC SGSSS.

Publications

'All quiet on the French front' : The First World War centenary in France and the challenges of republican consensus
Varley Karine
Comillas Journal of International Relations Vol 2, pp. 86-99, (2015)
http://dx.doi.org/cir.i02.y2015.007
Book Review : Eleven Days in August: The Liberation of Paris in 1944 by Matthew Cobb
Varley Karine
Reviews in History, (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.14296/RiH/2014/1693
Entangled enemies : Vichy, Italy and collaboration
Varley Karine
France in an Era of Global War, 1914-1945France in an Era of Global War, 1914-1945, (2014)
How should we commemorate wars? Lessons from the nineteenth century
Varley Karine
(2014)
War commemoration and politics : lessons from the nineteenth century
Varley Karine
(2014)
Vichy and the complexities of collaborating with Fascist Italy : French policy and perceptions between June 1940 and March 1942
Varley Karine
Modern and Contemporary France Vol 21, pp. 317-333, (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09639489.2012.752350

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Teaching

I teach the following undergraduate and postgraduate classes:

V1217 Modern Europe

V1303/V1440 France at War, 1870-1962

R1107/8 French Language 1a/1b

R1203/4 French Language 2a/2b

R1210 French Culture and History 2

R1310 Freedom and Identity in France and the Francophone World

R1408 France since 1945

R1502 French Language (Interpreting)

R1506 French Studies 4 (Core Class)

History and French Dissertations

 

Postgraduate teaching:

V1977 War, Sacrifice and the Nation in Europe, 1789-1918

Research interests

My research interests lie primarily in the following areas:

  • Memory and commemoration of war
  • French-Italian relations in the Second World War
  • Relations between Britain and France in the Second World War
  • The Franco-Prussian War 
  • Corsican nationalism, history and politics

Professional activities

Society for the Study of French History 31st annual conference
Organiser
26/6/2017
Modern and Contemporary France (Journal)
Peer reviewer
6/2017
Modern Italy : Journal of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy (Journal)
Peer reviewer
6/2017
Relations Between Britain and France in World War Two
Participant
3/5/2017
Relations between Britain and France in World War Two
Participant
3/5/2017
Britain and France in War and Peace: Lessons and Legacies for Today
Recipient
3/5/2017

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Projects

Britain and France in War and Peace
Varley, Karine (Academic) Pastor-Castro, Rogelia (Academic)
Period 22-May-2015

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