Philip Cooke


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Personal Statement

I joined the University as a lecturer in 1993, after nearly ten years as a student at Edinburgh University. I came to Scotland from the South of England in 1984, and have lived here ever since, apart from several years living in various cities in Italy (Rome, Milan, Siena and, above all, Florence). I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2000 and to Professor of Italian History and Culture in 2013. I teach Italian Language, History, Film and Literature at all levels. I am particularly interested in the interaction between history and culture and in the 'political use of history'. This means that my courses are interdisciplinary in nature, and try to understand contemporary Italy from a variety of different angles and approaches. 

At Strathclyde I have had a number of administrative roles and am currently Subject Leader in Italian, Director of postgraduate research for History and Director of Research for the School of Humanities.



Research Interests

My research centres on the long-term impact of the Italian Resistance movement and, more generally, on 20th Century Italian social and cultural history. My publications range from analyses of literary texts, Fenoglio’s binoculars, Johnny’s eyes (New York, 2000) to social/protest movements Luglio 1960: Tambroni e la repressione fallita (Milan, 2000) and Italian partisan exiles living clandestinely in Czechoslovakia (various articles). My most recent books are The Legacy of the Italian Resistance (New York, 2011) and Ending terrorism in Italy (Routledge, 2012 – co-authored with Professor Anna Cento Bull). I’m also co-editor (with Professor John Foot) of the journal Modern Italy and co-editor (with Ben Shepherd) of The European Resistance (Pen & Sword, 2013).

I am currently working on two new projects: the Florence flood of 1966 which I am studying from a range of perspectives (issues surrounding cultural capital, social and political impact, memory) and – in a new departure – a project on multilingualism called ‘Navigating the multilingual city: a case study of Glasgow, past present and future’

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Modern Italian Culture (literature, film, art, 'popular culture')
  • Italian Politics
  • Italian History
  • Language Teaching and Language Teaching Policy

Teaching Interests

I teach Italian language at all levels and particularly enjoy teaching beginners as they learn a lot very quickly. I also teach translation into English to third year and honours students, as well as 'writing skills' and interpreting. I also teach courses on Modern Italian history and film, and at honours level I teach classes which closely reflect my research interests: The Resistance movement and Terrorism

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh

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Projects 2009 2019

Research Output 1995 2017

'Double trouble': Giampaolo Pansa's Il sangue dei vinti from Novel to Film

Cooke, P., 17 May 2017, Cultural Reception, Translation and Transformation from Medieval to Modern Italy: Essays in Honour of Martin McLaughlin. Bonsaver, G., Richardson, B. & Stellardi, G. (eds.). Oxford, p. 368-378 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Francesco Moranino: un caso giudiziario fra Resistenza, desistenza, e guerra civile

Translated title of the contribution: Francesco Moranino: a judicial case between resistance, anti-resistance and civil warCooke, P., 11 Feb 2016, Nei tribunali: Pratiche e protagonisti della giustizia di transizione nell'Italia repubblicana. Focardi, G. & Nubola, C. (eds.). Bologna, 32 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Civil War
Textile Industry

Activities 2009 2016

Modern Italy (Journal)

Philip Cooke (Editorial board member)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial board member

The Italian Resistance: recent work on the historical context of Carlino

Philip Cooke (Contributor)
28 Nov 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk