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Research interests

Keith's research and teaching interests include: modern French history, modern German history, military history, medical history, and the history of sports and leisure. He has taught courses on the French Revolution, 20th Century French History, War Stories and Soldiering, the History of Modern Warfare, the History of Terrorism, the History of Modern Sport, and both European Civilization and Global History.



Keith Rathbone (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2015) researches twentieth century French social and cultural history. His book, entitled A Sport and Physical Culture in Occupied France: Authoritarianism, Agency and Everyday Life (Manchester University Press, 2022), examines physical education and sports in order to better understand civic life under the dual authoritarian systems of the German Occupation and the Vichy Regime. In investigating physical culture, he addresses historiographic issues such as the continuity between the Third Republic and the Vichy Regime, the gendered ideology of Vichy sports programs, and the development of collaboration and resistance.


Keith arrives at Macquarie University after previous positions as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern University and as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the College of Wooster.  He has also lectured at the Sciences politiques de Paris and Indiana University Northwest. 

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, A Nation in Play: Physical Culture, the State, and Society during France's Dark Years, 1932-1948, Northwestern University

Award Date: 31 Aug 2015

History, MA, Northwestern University

Award Date: 19 Dec 2009

History, BA, The Ohio State University

Award Date: 21 Dec 2007

French, BA, The Ohio State University

Award Date: 21 Dec 2007


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