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Olivier Courteaux

Are you passionate about History?

Whatever your knowledge of History, I am hoping my website will offer you an abundance of information about historical events through lectures, articles, videos and travels. 

As I always like to point out while lecturing: History is a great tool, not so much to forecast the future (for I do not believe History repeats itself!) but to help us understand where we are at today. In the age of social media, fake news, conspiracy theories, it is not always easy to figure out what is happening in our world. Understanding current events can, therefore, be challenging. I also believe that studying the past gives us precious keys and helps us put things in context.


I hold a B.A. in History, a M.A. in war and conflict studies and a Ph.D. in contemporary international relations from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Despite the fact History is about past events, it is not a static field. New sources emerge all the time, archives open up new documents, allowing us the opportunity to reassess what we thought we knew.

I have lectured at various Canadian universities, including Glendon College, Ryerson University and the Royal Military College of Canada.

I am the author of several books: the War on Terror: the Canadian Dilemma (2009), Canada Between Vichy and Free France, 1940-1945 (2013), which I translated in French and Quatre Journées qui ébranlèrent le Québec on Charles de Gaulle's famous 1967 "Vive le Québec libre" (2017).


Having fallen in love with Egypt in 2019, I chose to write about Franco-Egyptian relations in the 19th century and I am currently working on my latest project: Suez, 1869: the Empress Eugenie's last triumph.

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