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We are delighted to announce the project “Foreign fighters: Past, Present and Future” has been generously funded by the Carlsberg Foundation (Denmark) with a 2,600,000 DKK (350,000 €) dotation for the period 2019 – 2022. The project will be based at the University of Copenhagen. Dr Enrico Acciai and Prof Morten Heiberg...

Dr Enrico Acciai and Dr Nir Arielli will take part in an international conference at the Center for History (Sciences Po, Paris) on Foreign Fighters and Multinational Armies. Nir Arielli will speak about ‘Deconstructing the Motivations of foreign War Volunteers’, and Acciai will deliver a paper on ‘Transnational War Volunteering...

Nir Arielli was interviewed by the Yorkshire Post: Why do people volunteer to fight in foreign wars? A new book by a Leeds academic examines what makes people want to risk their lives by volunteering to fight in foreign conflicts. Chris Bond talked to its author. Guy Fawkes, George Orwell...

We are excited to announce that Harvard University Press has just published the latest book by Dr Nir Arielli! What makes people fight and risk their lives for countries other than their own? Why did diverse individuals such as Lord Byron, George Orwell, Che Guevara, and Osama bin Laden all...

The Italian Editor Effigi has just published the latest book written by Enrico Acciai (together with the Ilaria Cansella): http://www.cpadver-effigi.com/blog/storie-di-indesiderabili-e-di-confini-i-reduci-antifascisti-di-spagna-nei-campi-francesi/ This book deals with the internment in French camps of former anti-fascist volunteers in Spain. Acciai and Cansella reconstruct the biographical trajectories of those volunteers from the Spanish Civil War to...

From the Spanish Civil War to World War II. Trajectories of transnational antifascist volunteers School of History, University of Leeds, Michael Sadler Building, room 3.11 29 June 2017 9:30 – 16:00 Between 1936 and 1939 around 40,000 antifascists fought in Spain and most of these volunteers were Europeans. The aim of this workshop is...

Enrico Acciai’s latest publication on war volunteering and antifascism: “Ieri in Spagna, oggi in Europa. Le rotte dei reduci italiani delle Brigate Internazionali in un continente in guerra (1936 – 1945)” in: Federica Bertagna and Federico Melotto (eds), Resistenza e guerra civile. Fonti, storie e memorie, Cierre, Verona 2017, pp. 13-33...

On 24th March Dr Acciai gave a talk at the Liceo Scientifico (Public High School) “D’Ascanio” in Pescara (Italy). Dr Acciai spoke to the students about the Spanish Civil War and the International War volunteering. Here you can find some pictures taken during the talk.