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

History, MA, Northwestern University

History, BA, The Ohio State University

French, BA, The Ohio State University

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France Social Sciences
Sports Social Sciences
mass society Social Sciences
everyday life Social Sciences
regime Social Sciences
History Arts & Humanities
athlete Social Sciences
Vichy Regime Arts & Humanities

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Projects 2016 2019

Research Outputs 2013 2020

  • 9 Book/Film/Article/Exhibition review
  • 8 Article
  • 3 Chapter

A revolutionary approach to physical culture

Rathbone, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Reform, revolution and crisis in Europe: landmarks in history, memory and thought. Winter, B. & Moir, C. (eds.). Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Athletes for France or athletes for the Church: conflict between sports officials and Catholic sportsmen during the Vichy Regime (1940-1944)

Rathbone, K., Mar 2019, In : French History. 33, 1, p. 88–109 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Vichy Regime
Physical Education

China has form as a sports bully, but its full-court press on the NBA may backfire

Rathbone, K., 16 Oct 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access

Mayoral collaboration under Nazi occupation in Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, 1938-46

Rathbone, K., Aug 2019, In : H-France Review. 19, p. 1-6 6 p., 161.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition reviewResearch

Open Access
Nazi Occupation
The Netherlands

Pétain's Jewish children: French Jewish youth and the Vichy Regime, 1940–1942

Rathbone, K., Apr 2019, In : European History Quarterly. 49, 2, p. 332-334 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition reviewResearch

Vichy Regime

Activities 2017 2019

  • 8 Oral presentation
  • 1 Invited talk

Corporeal Power: A French View of Athletic American Bodies in the Interwar

Keith Rathbone (Speaker)
7 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Disabled and Maladaptive Sports in Interwar France: Celebration or Rehabilitation

Keith Rathbone (Speaker)
13 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Dangerous Liaisons in Parisian Pools: French and German Desire during the Occupation of France

Keith Rathbone (Speaker)
7 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation