Simon Kitson
Simon Kitson is a British historian
A historian is a person who studies and writes about the past and is regarded as an authority on it. Historians are concerned with the continuous, methodical narrative and research of past events as relating to the human race; as well as the study of all history in time. If the individual is...


Kitson did his undergraduate studies at the University of Ulster
University of Ulster
The University of Ulster is a multi-campus, co-educational university located in Northern Ireland. It is the largest single university in Ireland, discounting the federal National University of Ireland...

 and his post-graduate studies at the University of Sussex
University of Sussex
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, under the supervision of Professor Roderick Kedward
Roderick Kedward (historian)
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. His doctoral thesis on the Marseille Police, examined by Professors Mark Mazower
Mark Mazower
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 and Clive Emsley
Clive Emsley
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He lectured in French Studies at the University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
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 before becoming Director of Research at the University of London Institute in Paris
University of London Institute in Paris
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 (ULIP). Dr Kitson left ULIP in April 2011 and became a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research
Institute of Historical Research
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. He is a Fellow
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 of the Royal Historical Society
Royal Historical Society
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 and is known for the web resource on Vichy France that he set up.

Kitson has worked extensively on the French police and counter-espionage services. He is also a specialist on Vichy France
Vichy France
Vichy France, Vichy Regime, or Vichy Government, are common terms used to describe the government of France that collaborated with the Axis powers from July 1940 to August 1944. This government succeeded the Third Republic and preceded the Provisional Government of the French Republic...

, on which he published Vichy et la Chasse aux Espions Nazis with Autrement of Paris in 2005 and The Hunt for Nazi Spies with the University of Chicago Press
University of Chicago Press
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in 2008.


  • The Hunt for Nazi Spies, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2008
  • Vichy et la chasse aux espions nazis, Paris, Autrement, 2005
  • (with Hanna Diamond) Vichy, Resistance, Liberation (essays in honour of Rod Kedward), Oxford, Berg, 2005
  • 'The Marseille Police in their context from Popular Front to Liberation', D Phil thesis, University of Sussex, 1995

Articles/Book Chapters

Dictionary entries
  • Kitson, S, ‘Historical overview: France, 1939-1968’, 5000 word entry in MURRAY, Christopher John (ed), Encyclopaedia of modern French thought, London, Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004.

Articles on web-sites
  • Kitson, S, Bousquet, Touvier and Papon: Three Vichy personalities,27676,en.pdf
  • Kitson, S, The French police under the Vichy regime,18931,en.pdf

External links


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