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John Paul Newman

John Paul Newman Maynooth University
United Kingdom
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Twilight of the Idols? Balkan Paramilitarism 1923 - 1941: Interactions, Experiences, and the Dilemmas of Demobilization
Advanced Academia Platform

Dr John Paul Newman is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-century European History. He completed his PhD at the University of Southampton (supervised by Professor Mark Cornwall) and from 2008- 2011 he was an ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the project 'Paramilitary Violence after the Great War', to which he contributed a case study of violence in the Balkans.  He is interested in the modern history of the Balkans and East-Central Europe, with a particular focus on Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Czechoslovakia. His work to date has focussed on war veterans, paramilitary violence, and on the larger legacies left by war in the region. He has been working on a large research project looking at victorious societies and cultures of war victory in twentieth century Europe, a study of the Croatian General Josip Jelačić and the intersections of national and imperial identities in nineteenth-century Central Europe, and a book-length study of irregular warfare and paramilitary violence in the Balkans, provisionally titled ‘Freedom or Death: A History of Guerilla Warfare in the Balkans. He is the author of Yugoslavia in the Shadow of War: Veterans and the Limits of State Building, 1903-1945 (CUP, 2015), and the co-editor (with Judith Devlin and Maria Falina) of World War One in Central and Eastern Europe: Politics, Conflict, and Military Experience (I.B. Tauris, 2018),  (with Mark Cornwall) of Sacrifice and Rebirth: The Legacy of the Last Habsburg War (Berghahn, 2016), and (with Julia Eichenberg) The Great War and Veterans' Internationalism (Palgrave Macmillan: 2013).

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