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Mobilising Ideas and Propaganda during the Second World War

Updated: Jan 8, 2019

Editorial Note: On 14-15 June 2018, the Second World War Research Group held its annual conference on the theme of ‘The Peoples’ War? The Second World War in Socio-Political Perspective.’ Over the coming weeks, we will be posting some recordings of various panels and short blog articles written by some of the conference’s presenters. In this post, we provide a recording of the panel on 'Mobilising Idea and Propaganda.'

Street scene in the front line town of Lauro. The little village is crowded with British and Italian soldiers, ambulances, and all the varied vehicles of war. (Source: © IWM (TR 1513))

The panel was chaired by Dr Ben Shepherd of Glasgow Caledonian University and consisted of the following presenters:

  • Dr Regina Kazyulina (Northeastern University), 'Gendered Expectations and Female Resistance Through the Lens of Soviet Leaflets';

  • Dr Kate Papari (University of Crete), 'Socio-political conflict and intellectuals’ propaganda during WWII; the paradigm of the Spiritual Recruitment in Greece';

  • Dr Nicolò Da Lio (Università degli Studi di Padova), 'Fascist Warfare on the Home Front: The Italian War Mobilisation as a Stratification of Boundaries, 1935-43.'


Dr Regina Kazyulina is a Lecturer in Soviet and Modern Russian History at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Kazyulina holds a PhD from Northeastern University. Her research focuses on the lived experiences of Soviet women during the German occupation of Ukraine in World War Two. Specifically, Kazyulina considers the phenomenon of 'horizontal collaboration' and the way that the circumscribed choices of women were interpreted by neighbors and Soviet authorities in the wake of liberation. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Kazyulina is fluent in Russian and English. Her research has been supported by grants from the American Councils for International Education, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. She has conducted extensive archival research in the United States, Russia, and Ukraine.

Dr Kate Papari is a historian of intellectual history and Modern Greek history. She studied history in Greece (Aristotle University, Thessaloniki) and received her PhD in Modern History at the University of Athens (2016). She currently teaches Modern Greek history in Greece (University of Crete) and she has held a visiting fellowship in Berlin (Freie Universität) (2016). She currently participates in a funded history research program at the University of Peloponnese under the title ‘Transgressing National Boundaries; Philhellenism, Antiquity and the European Idea (1880-1930)’ and she is completing her postdoctoral research at the University of Athens concerning modern Greek intellectual history from 1950s to 1970s. She has recently published the book Greekness and Bourgeois Intellectuals in the Interwar period: The political program of Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, Ioannis Theodorakopoulos and Konstantinos Tsatsos (2016). She has also recently published in Historein, Istorika, History Research and Chronos. Her research interests focus on Modern Greek and European intellectual history, history of ideas, philosophy and theory of history.

Dr Nicolò Da Lio earned his BA and MA at the Università degli Studi di Padova, and his PhD at the Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale. His research interests are war and societies studies, Italian social and political history, and cultural history of the armed forces.

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