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University of Groningen
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France, Catholicism, Christianity, European politics, anti-Semitism, Second World War, decolonization, wars of decolonization, Algerian War, social justice
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About Me

Rachel Johnston-White is an Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen. She holds a PhD in History from Yale University (2017).

She is currently completing the manuscript for her book project, “Christianity in Conflict: Resistance and Human Rights in France.” The project explores how left-wing or dissident Christians in 20th-century France understood their relationship to the state and their obligation of obedience as citizens. It argues that the politicization of conscience offered a challenge to the postwar European human rights consensus, in which state sovereignty remained relatively unchecked, especially in the colonial sphere.

She is also at work on a second book project, which looks at how anti-colonialism and Christian “Third-Worldism” shaped relations between Christians and Jews within and beyond France.

Recent Publications

H-Diplo Roundtable Review of Piotr H. Kosicki, Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France, and “Revolution,” 1891-1956 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018)
Johnston-White, Rachel M., 27-Apr-2020, In : H-Diplo. 22 p.

A New Primacy of Conscience? Conscientious Objection, French Catholicism and the State during the Algerian War
Johnston-White, Rachel M., Jan-2019, In : Journal of contemporary history. 54, 1, p. 112-138 27 p.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
France, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Human Rights, Politics, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Women, World War II