Bernard Wilkin

Bernard Wilkin
State archives of Belgium · Modern History

PhD in History

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Introduction
I am researcher in modern history at the State Archives of Belgium. My research investigates the occupations of France in 14-18, the Napoleonic Wars, propaganda, state and military violence against civilians, and refugees. I am always happy to discuss my research.

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This article explores the impact of aviation as the subject of propaganda during the First World War. Aviation was not a tool of overall importance for the war as a whole, but it was overrepresented in the media. Three distinct types of newspaper, aiming respectively at the home front, the trenches and occupied populations, are examined here in ord...
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Durant la Première Guerre Mondiale, la presse parisienne de l'arrière évoque abondamment le génocide des Arméniens, tant pour dénoncer les massacres que pour alimenter un discours propagandiste visant à la mobilisation de guerre de la société civile. Les journaux voient en l'Allemagne l'instigatrice du génocide, plaçant la souffrance arménienne dan...
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On 13 November 1934, the French military attaché to Berlin, General Renondeau, sent a dramatic report to the Head of the Army General Staff. This note compared the military ability of France to Germany. Renondeau violently attacked French conscripts, arguing teachers and the international had corrupted them. This article analyses this report, argui...
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The collapse of the French army in 1940 is a well-researched topic in Second World War Studies but a surprising gap in the historiography emerges when it comes to the study of the French military prior to the German offensive of May 1940. Using various public and private sources in different languages, this book aims to address this gap by studyin...
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This article explores the isolation of the occupied territories of France during the First World War. Until now, the historiography has used the restrictions of freedom imposed by the Germans, the lack of correspondence with France, and the absence of information about the situation on the frontline, to argue that the populations living in the inva...
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This article explores Anglophobia as a topic in German wartime propaganda aimed at military and civilian communities of France. Anti-British topics were at the centre of a large campaign of propaganda designed to undermine French morale during the two world wars. This study will investigate the goals, the content, and the effects of Anglophobia in...
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Aerial Propaganda and the Wartime Occupation of France, 1914-1918 explores the combined role played by the French and British Governments and Armies in creating and distributing millions of aerial newspapers and leaflets aimed at the French population trapped behind German lines. Drawing on extensive research and French, German and British primary...
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The First World War was the scene of unprecedented propaganda. New technologies, mainly aviation, were used to disseminate pamphlets and newspapers to enemy soldiers and occupied populations. Various international conventions and laws of conflict had not anticipated this kind of war and the fate of the soldiers practicing it. The Germans decided in...
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Occupied France and Belgium were, during the First World War, the object of intensive propaganda orchestrated by German authorities. The most important newspaper was undoubtedly la Gazette des Ardennes whose influence extended into free territory. This pamphleteer organ used the foreign policy of Great Britain as its main theme. The historical host...

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