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University of Edinburgh UK
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Second World War Britain, social & cultural history, British immigration history, Italians, Richard Llewellyn, ethnicities, wartime identities, dualities, Welshness
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About Me

Wendy Ugolini is an award-winning historian of the Second World War, specialising in ethnicities and identity formation. After reading history at Newnham College, Cambridge, Dr Ugolini gained a doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. Her Ph.D. was awarded the Ratcliff Prize and her first monograph, Experiencing War as the ‘Enemy Other’, was awarded the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize. Her forthcoming book, Wales in England 1914-1945. A Social, Cultural, and Military History of the Two World Wars will be published with Oxford University Press in 2024. Dr Ugolini is the co-founder of the Second World War Studies Network (Scotland).

Dr Ugolini’s research interests focus on the relationship between war, identities  and ethnicities in twentieth century Britain. She is particularly interested in migrant identities during the Second World War, in particular notions of dual identities, belonging and Britishness within the British Armed Forces.

Her current research looks at social, cultural, military and political expressions of Welshness in England during the two world wars. Dr Ugolini has published an article on the construction of duality within the output of the novelist, Richard Llewellyn during the Second World War.

Recent Publications

 “The Band of Brothers”: The mobilization of English Welsh dual identities in Second World War Britain, Journal of British Studies, 60: 4 (2021)

‘The “Welsh” Pimpernel: Richard Llewellyn and the Search for Authenticity in Second World War Britain’ Cultural and Social History (2019)

Co-editor, A Global Force. War, Identities and Scotland’s Diaspora (Edinburgh, 2016)

‘Untold Stories of Loss: Mourning the ‘Enemy’ in Second World War Britain’ Journal of War & Culture Studies 8:1 (2015)

Co-editor, Fighting for Britain? Negotiating Identities in Britain During the Second World War (Oxford, 2015)

‘”When are you going back?”: Memory, Ethnicity and the British Home Front’ in Lucy Noakes and Juliette Pattinson (eds.) British Cultural Memory and the Second World War (2013)

‘”The Sins of the Fathers”: The Contested Recruitment of Second-Generation Italians in the British Forces 1936–43’ Twentieth Century British History 24: 3 (2013)

‘”Spaghetti Lengths in a Bowl”? Recovering Narratives of Not ‘Belonging’ Amongst the Italian Scots’ Immigrants & Minorities 31:2 (2013)

‘The embodiment of British Italian war memory? The curious marginalization of Dennis Donnini, VC’ Patterns of Prejudice 46: 3-4 (2012)

Experiencing War as the ‘Enemy Other’. Italian Scottish Experience in World War II (Manchester, 2011)

Media Coverage
BBC Shetland (2021); BBC Scotland The Generation Frame (2019); STV The People's History Show 4/06/18, BBC Radio Scotland 21/05/15, The John Beattie Show BBC Radio Scotland 9/03/15, The Sunday Morning Programme with Ricky Ross BBC Radio Scotland 9/11/14
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Migration & Immigration, Military, Race, World War II