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- United Kingdom
- Durham University
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- French Revolution, Napoleonic Empire, history of childhood, cultural history, children's literature, education
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- About Me
Antonia Perna is a Lecturer in Modern European History at Durham University and a historian of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Empire, with a particular focus on childhood. She is interested in the politicisation of the eighteenth-century model of childhood innocence, in terms of both representations and experiences of children, in France and Italy in this period. More recently, her work concerns the transmission of political culture in this period, and especially how ideas were transferred internationally and packaged for children beyond French borders along with revolutionary and Napoleonic expansion across Europe.
Antonia has held research fellowships at the British School at Rome, the John Rylands Research Institute and the Newberry Library.
- Recent Publications
Perna, A., ‘Bara and Viala, or Virtue Rewarded: the memorialization of two child martyrs of the French Revolution’, French History, 35:2 (2021), pp. 192–218. [https://doi.org/10.1093/fh/craa071.]
Perna, A., ‘Patriotic Giving and Republican Girlhood in Revolutionary France: The Public Speeches of Twelve-Year-Old Joséphine Fontanier, 1793–94’, H-France Salon (2020), 12:8, #49.
- Media Coverage
- Country Focus
- France; Italy
- Expertise by Geography
- France, Western Europe
- Expertise by Chronology
- 18th century, 19th century, Modern
- Expertise by Topic
- Book History, Children & Youth, Pedagogy, Rebellion & Revolution