Mr Joe Starkey
BA History, 2007, Cardiff University
MA History, 2008, Cardiff University
Working Title: The working class and the Right in 1930's France
My PhD thesis concerns the relationship between the working class and the parliamentary and extra-parliamentary Right in France during the 1930s. Up until now, scholarship has focused overwhelmingly on the relationship between the working class and the Left during these years, whilst conservative workers have been explained away as 'deviant' and ignorant of their 'true' class interests. Moreover, both the parliamentary and extra-parliamentary Right have been viewed purely bourgeois phenomena that lacked significant working class support.
My thesis seeks to challenge these assumptions. I am examining the strategies that the Right used to attract workers, such as propaganda, social innitiatives, and trade union organisations. I am also examining the reasons why workers were themselves identified to the Right, taking into account the complex interplay between political, social, and cultural factors.
Start Date: October 2010
First Supervisor: Dr. Kevin Passmore
Second Supervisor: Dr. Gerwin Strobl
Member of the Society for the Study of French History
Areas of Interest: Modern European history, in particular the French Third Republic.