Valerie Deacon

; Elihu Rose Assistant Professor / Faculty Fellow

PhD (2011), York University

Office Address: 

Room 614





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Field of Study: 

Modern Europe

Research Interests: 

Second World War; French Resistance; Underground political movements; International relations; Military and pseudo-military organisations

Curriculum Vitae


Valerie Deacon’s research has focused primarily on the participation of the extreme-right in the French Resistance during the Second World War. Her forthcoming book examines postwar narratives of the French experience during the Second World War, which suggested that the political right was responsible for the creation of the collaborative Vichy regime and that members of the political left were valiantly fighting to re-establish basic freedoms, restore human rights, and rid France of the occupying forces. While most scholars have suggested that the Resistance was a product of republican values, emphasizing the commitment to human rights and equality, she argues that there was a significant part of the Resistance movements that was not born of those traditions and whose motivations for resistance were not necessarily wedded to any democratic heritage.

Her new research project examines, through the lens of French anti-Americanism and American Francophobia, the relationship between the internal Resistance and the Anglo-American allies during and after the war.

She is also an external fellow at the International History Institute at Boston University.

Selected Works:

The extreme right in the French Resistance: Members of the Cagoule and Corvignolles go to war, 1940-1944 (forthcoming with LSU Press, fall 2016)
“Fitting in to the French Resistance: Georges Loustaunau-Lacau and Marie-Madeleine Fourcade at the intersection of politics and gender”, Journal of Contemporary History, April 2015; 50 (2), 259-273.
“‘A jolly romp we were always destined to win’: The BBC’s ’Allo ’Allo! and British memories of downed aircrew in Occupied France during the Second World War”, Contemporary European History (forthcoming, 2016)

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Updated on 08/03/2015