ISSN: 2038-0925

Transnational War Volunteering: From Garibaldi to the Cold War

Call for Papers:

University of Leeds


In the second half of the nineteenth century and in the early twentieth century supporters

of Giuseppe Garibaldi volunteered their services and took part in the Polish uprising of

1863, the Cretan revolt of 1866-1867, the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, the

Herzegovina uprising of 1875, the Greco-Turkish War of 1896 and the First Balkan War

of 1912-1913. A cohort of transnational Garibaldini volunteers also fought for France in

1914-1915 and the name of Garibaldi was once again invoked by the International Brigades

during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). In many ways, Garibaldinism served as a bridge

between different radical political creeds: anarchism, socialism and, later on, communism.

The conference seeks to explore traditions of transnational military engagement

associated with political radicalism and the legacy of Garibaldi as well as to

examine how practices of volunteering to fight against colonial occupation and

perceived oppression continued into the Cold War.

We particularly encourage papers dealing with the participation of foreign volunteers in

anti-colonial and/or Cold War conflicts in post-1945 Africa, Asia, the Middle East and

Latin America. Enquiries and proposals of up to 300 words (in English) should be sent to: by 31 January 2018.

The conference will be held at the University of Leeds on 10 and 11 July 2018.

A keynote lecture will be given by Professor Lucy Riall (European University Institute).

Limited funds will be available to help pay for the travel expenses of participants, with

preference given to early career researchers.

Enrico Acciai (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow)

Nir Arielli (Associate Professor of International History)

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