Konstantin Wertelecki

MPhil University of Cambridge (2014), BA History Spring Hill College (2013)



Contact Details
Email: kw85@st-andrews.ac.uk

Thesis title: Anglo-Italian Florentine Relations 1922-1943
Supervisor: Dr Kate Ferris

I research in the field of Modern European History, with a particular focus on interwar Europe. My research interests include analysis of transnational cultural exchange, expatriate identity, and how the cultural experiences of expatriates cross into the political realm of domestic and foreign policy as well as diplomacy. Thematically, I am interested in Alltagsgeschichte, the history of ‘everyday life’ from a microhistoric field of study and transnational perspective as well as cultural diplomacy and its connotations in political thought. From a historiographical approach, I am interested in the resolution (or lack therof) to the conceptual and terminological debates surround transnational history and analysis regarding its interdisciplinary potential and limitations.

For my doctoral thesis, Anglo-Italian Florentine Relations 1922-1943, I am researching the cultural exchange between Anglo and Italian Florentines under Mussolini’s Fascist regime at the Institute for Transnational and Spatial History under the supervision of Dr Kate Ferris. From a primarily local and transnational scale of analysis, the project seeks to discover to what extent this cultural exchange determined political action via spatial analysis of cultural points of exchange, literary analysis of newspapers, diaries, and letters, as well as comparisons of official political dissemination with public opinion.
I came to the University of St. Andrews in 2015, previously obtaining an MPhil in Modern European history from the University of Cambridge (2014) and a BA in History from Spring Hill College (2013) in the United States.

Conference Papers

‘British Citizens in Fascist Italy’
 Presented at ‘Life Under the Fascist Dictatorships’, Modern European History Workshop,
University of Cambridge, UK
May 2014

‘Anglo-Florentines in Mussolini’s Italy’
Presented at the History Graduate Conference, St. John’s College,
University of Cambridge, UK
May 2014

‘Shattered Glass: Dispelling the Myth of 1950’s Britain’
Presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium,
Spring Hill College, USA
April 2013