Date of Award

Fall 2013

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Farid Azfar

Second Advisor

Bruce Dorsey


This paper investigates the “Vêpres Marseillaises,” a June 1881 anti-Italian riot in Marseilles, in order to discuss the intersection of working class nationalism, immigration, and French political and social discourses. The event is more than a simple manifestation of xenophobic nationalism; it is both a moment that illustrates the unique place of Marseilles as well as the inaugural expression of a discourse that sought to bring the working class under the French republican banner.

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