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K-State Today

March 27, 2019

History professor awarded fellowship at St. Andrews Centre for French History and Culture

Submitted by Department of History

Andrew Orr, associate professor of history in K-State's College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a fellowship to spend spring 2020 at the Centre for French History and Culture at the University of St. Andrews.

The centre awards only one visiting fellowship every other academic year. It is a globally competitive fellowship open to scholars of French history and culture, including sociology, anthropology, literature and language.

Orr's work focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries and explores the boundaries of civilian and military identity. His first book, "Women and the French Army 1914-1940," studied women's roles in the French military and civil-military relations in France during the era of the world wars. He has published on intelligence operations in the Middle East, imperialism, civil-military relations, and the history of the French Communist Party. His current projects include a book on French involvement in the Turkish War of Independence and a cultural history of the military in American life since 1973.

"It is a great honor to be invited to St. Andrews and to join such a distinguished list of visiting fellows," Orr said. "While there I will focus on my book Facing the Victorious Turks: France, Mustafa Kemal, and the Turkish War of Independence."

The St. Andrews Centre for French History and Culture was founded in 2005 to enhance and expand the university's existing strengths in French history. The centre provides an intellectual and social focus for staff and students working in any field and on any period related to French and Francophone history and culture.

The University of St. Andrews is the highest-ranking university in Scotland and the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world.

"Since joining our program in 2013, Professor Orr has established himself as an especially hardworking, productive, and dedicated faculty member of the department of history," said Michael Krysko, department chair of history. "This honor is highly deserved and reflective of the stellar professional reputation Dr. Orr has earned over the course of his young and promising career."

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