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Dr Pierre Purseigle

Pierre Purseigle   

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Room H010, ground floor of the Humanities Building
+44 (0)24 76523316 (x23316)
P.Purseigle@warwick.ac.uk
Wednesday, 10-11am & Thursday 11-12pm

 

Academic Profile

 
I graduated in Political Studies (Sciences Po) from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Lyon and in Modern History from the University of Toulouse. A former Lavoisier Research Fellow at the Maison Française d’Oxford, I also studied at the University of California, Berkeley and at Pembroke College, Oxford.

Prior to my arrival at Warwick, I worked as a Junior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Toulouse. I subsequently taught a range of European and World History papers at the University of Oxford. I was also Visiting Lecturer (Maître de conférences) at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Birmingham.

Between 2013 and 2016, I was Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Centre for War Studies at Trinity College Dublin and at Yale University, where I also taught the comparative history of the First World War.

My research and teaching agenda have been driven by a strong commitment to the comparative and interdisciplinary study of warfare and urban catastrophes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My work to date has mainly focused on the European and global history of the First World War and on the urban experience of modern warfare. I am now writing on the urban reconstruction of interwar Europe and I am developing a new project on urban disasters and recovery since the early twentieth-century. From the local to the transnational, I endeavour to combine different scales of analysis and to engage with a range of disciplinary perspectives. I published articles and book chapters on the comparative urban history of the First World War, on refugeedom during the conflict, and on humour in wartime. My most recent publications have investigated the historiography and global history of the First World War and the transformations of the belligerent state during the conflict.

A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, I am also a co-founder and President of the International Society for First World War Studies and Editor-in-Chief of First World War Studies.

 
Academic Career

  • Fall 2014: Marcel Bataillon Visiting Chair in French Historiography, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Sept 2013-present: Associate Professor in Modern Continental European History, University of Warwick
  • Jan 2013-Dec 2015:
 Marie Curie Research Fellow, Yale University (2013-2014) / Trinity College, Dublin (2015-2016)
  • 2009-2012: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham
  • 2007-2009: Lecturer, Department of French Studies, University of Birmingham
  • 2007: Senior Research Scholar, Modern European History Research Centre & Tutor in Modern History, University of Oxford
  • 2005-2006: Stipendiary Lecturer in Modern History, Jesus College, Oxford
  • 2003-2005: Tutor in Modern History, University of Oxford
  • 2002-2003: Lavoisier Research Fellow, Maison Française d’Oxford & Visiting Research Scholar, Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford
  • 1998-2002:
 Junior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Toulouse II

Education

  • 2006: European Doctorate in History, University of Toulouse II - Jean Jaurès, (summa cum laude)
  • 2003-2005: Besse Research Scholar, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
  • 2002-2003: Maison Française d’Oxford
  • 1999: University of California, Berkeley (EAP Scholarship)
  • 1998: M.A. (DEA) in Modern History with starred distinction, University of Toulouse
 II - Jean Jaurès
  • 1996: B.A. in Political Studies, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon

 
Publications

 
Single-Authored / Co-Authored Books

  • P. Purseigle, Rebuilding European lives. The reconstitution of urban communities in inter-war Europe (1914-1939) (in preparation)
  • P. Purseigle, Mobilisation, Sacrifice et Citoyenneté. Des communautés locales face à la guerre moderne. Angleterre – France, 1900-1918, Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2013, 450p. ISBN: 978-2-251-44470-3
  • G. Vaughan, C. Berthezène, P. Purseigle, J. Vincent, Le Monde Britannique, 1815-1931, Paris, Editions Belin, 2010. ISBN: 978-2-7011-5410-7

Edited Books

  • P. Purseigle, A. R. Seipp, eds., Oxford Handbook of the First World War, New York – Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2018 (forthcoming). ISBN: 978-0-1999-4685-3
  • N. Martin, T. Haughton, P. Purseigle, eds., Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of War in Europe, 1918-1945-1989, Farnham, Ashgate, 2014, 254p. ISBN 978-1-4094-4428-2
  • P. Purseigle, ed., Warfare and Belligerence. Perspectives in First World War Studies, Boston – Leiden, Brill, 2005, 420p. ISBN: 978 90 04 14352 4
  • J. Macleod, P. Purseigle, eds., Uncovered fields. Perspectives in First World War Studies, Boston – Leiden, Brill, 2004, 302p. ISBN: 978 90 04 13264 1

Edited Peer-Reviewed Journal Issues

  • Co-editor with O. Compagnon, « Géographies de la Première Guerre mondiale », Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales, 71/1, Janvier - Mars 2016. ISSN : 0395-2649
  • Co-editor with R. Boyce, S. Jansen, M. Scot, « Historiographies étrangères de la Première Guerre mondiale », Histoire@Politique, n°22, janvier-avril 2014.
  • Co-editor with C. Berthezène, « Déclin et résilience du libéralisme britannique », special issue of Vingtième Siècle. Revue d’histoire, 120, Octobre 2013
  • Co-editor of “Guerres et changement social”, special issue of Histoire et Sociétés. Revue européenne d’histoire sociale, n°8, October 2003. This volume addresses the problematic relations between military conflicts and social change, wartime state and local social policies, the urban experience of war, women’s work in World War I, literary and cinematographic representations of warfare as well as the memory of both World Wars and the Holocaust.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • « Géographies de la mobilisation et territoires de la belligérance pendant la Première Guerre mondiale » (with O. Compagnon) – Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales, 71/1, Janvier - Mars 2016, p. 37-64. ISSN : 0395-2649
  • « Écrire l’histoire du Déluge. Histoire et expérience britannique de la Grande Guerre. », Histoire@Politique, n°22, janvier-avril 2014. ISSN 1954-3670
  • “The First World War and the Transformations of the State”, International Affairs, 90: 2 (March 2014), 249-264. ISSN: 1468-2346. Published in Spanish in Revista Universitaria de Histora Militar, June 2014. ISSN: 2254-6111
  • « Belligérance libérale. La Grande-Bretagne face à la Grande Guerre », Vingtième Siècle. Revue d’histoire, 120, Octobre 2013, 27-42. ISSN: 0294-1759. Published in Portuguese in Ler História, 66, 2014. ISSN: 0870-6182
  • “A very French debate: The 1914-18 ‘war culture’, Journal of War and Culture Studies, 1, 1, 2008, 9-14. ISSN: 17526272
  • “On the Road to ‘Total War’. Exile and Resettlement in Western Europe, 1914-1918.”, Contemporary European History, 16, 4 (November 2007), 427-444. ISSN: 0960-7773
  • « La guerre au miroir de l’humour : le dessin de presse en France et en Grande-Bretagne durant la Première Guerre mondiale. », in Histoire et Société. Revue européenne d’histoire sociale, n°1, Janvier - Mars 2002, pp.124-137. ISBN: 2-9520178-2-4 ISSN: 1633-2784
  • “Mirroring societies at war: pictorial humour in the British and French popular press during the Great War.”, in Journal of European Studies, Vol.31, 3/4, n°123, 2001, 289-328. ISSN: 0047-2441
  • « 1914-1918 : Les ressorts locaux des mobilisations nationales : étude comparée Angleterre-France », in Annales du Midi, Tome 112, n°232, Octobre - Décembre 2000, pp.463-482. ISSN: 0003-4398

Selected Book Chapters

  • Through the fog of war”, in N. Martin, T. Haughton, P. Purseigle eds., Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of War in Europe, 1918-1945-1989, Farnham, Ashgate, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4094-4428-2
  • “Violência e de solidariedade. Experiências urbanas da Primeira Guerra Mundial”, in M. F. Rollo and A. P. Pires, eds., As Cidades e as Guerras, Lisbon (submitted, forthcoming 2015)
  • “Between participation and victimization. WWI urban mobilization in comparative perspective”, in F. Lenger, ed., Kollektive Gewalt in der Stadt: Europa 1890-1939, Munich, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, July 2013. ISBN-13: 978-3486718584
  • “Homefronts: The Mobilization of Resources” in R. Chickering, D. Showalter, H. van de Ven, The Cambridge History of War. Vol. 4. War and the Modern World, 1850-2005, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 257-284. ISBN-13: 9780521875776
  • “‘Wither the local?’ Nationalization, modernization, and the mobilization of urban communities in England and France, c.1900-1918”, in O. Zimmer, W. Whyte, eds., Nationalism and the Reshaping of Urban Communities in Europe, 1848-1914, London, Palgrave, 2011, pp. 182-203. ISBN-13: 978-0230246287
  • “Warfare and Belligerence. Approaches to the First World War”, in P. Purseigle, ed., Warfare and Belligerence. Perspectives in First World War Studies., Boston – Leiden, Brill Academic Publishers, 2005, 1-37. ISBN: 978900414352 4

 
Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Supervision

 
I am interested to hear from potential postgraduate students interested in the European History of the First World War, on the comparative history of Britain and France, and on Twentieth-Century French and European History.

Current Funded Project

Principal Investigator: “Brothers in Wounds: Italy's Disabled Veterans in Transnational Perspective (1917-1939)”
Funder by the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme 2016-2018

Fellow: Dr. Martina Salvante
Budget: €183,455


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