Paris at War, 1939-44
March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
David Drake, author and independent scholar specialising in French politics and society
David Drake was Head of French and Modern Languages at Middlesex University and subsequently taught at the Institute of European Studies at Paris VIII University.
It was while working in Paris that he began writing and researching Paris at War 1939-1944 an account of everyday life in Paris during World War Two which was published in 2015 by Harvard University Press. It received very positive reviews and was selected by the Glasgow Herald as one of its books of the year.
He has published widely – including two monographs – on French intellectuals and politics in France in the twentieth century and is an internationally recognised authority on Jean-Paul Sartre.
In the early 1970s he worked in Paris at an alternative news agency co-founded by Sartre which soon became the daily newspaper Libération. After his return to the UK he completed a PhD on Sartre’s political development and was later elected President of the UK Society for Sartre Studies. He co-edited Sartre Studies International for many years, has given talks on Sartre in Britain, Ireland, France, North America and China, and in 2005 published a short political biography to coincide with the centenary of Sartre’s birth. He lives locally.
- March 27
- 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm