Project Launch

A Transnational Approach to Resistance in Europe, 1936–48

Transnational Resistance is an international research network headed by Professor Robert Gildea. The research will question some of the basic assumptions about the history of resistance in Europe, exploring the lives of transnational resisters.

The international network, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Gerry Holdsworth Special Forces Trust, and comprising seven partners across Western and Eastern Europe, will be studying the phenomenon of transnational resistance – defined as resisting outside one’s country of origin – how it emerged from economic migration, political and religious exile, flight and deportation; how encounters, exchanges and misunderstandings took place between transnational resisters in camps, prisons and ghettoes, selected resistance networks and key resistance events; and how the afterlives and memories of these resisters evolved in relation to dominant post-war narratives of national liberation, the Cold War and the Holocaust.


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