Dr. Nicolas Virtue

Dr. Nicolas Virtue

Dr. Nicolas Virtue

Assistant Professor

Office: SA059
Phone: 4580
Email: nvirtue2@uwo.ca

Originally from Southern Alberta, Prof. Virtue started teaching at King’s during his time as a graduate student at Western University. He has also taught courses at Western and at Seneca College. His research focuses on Italian Fascism, colonialism, counterinsurgency, propaganda, and military culture. Dr. Virtue has taught a wide range of courses covering modern and early modern Europe, warfare, and human rights. He is currently serving as a book review editor for Modern Italy, the quarterly journal of the UK-based Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI).


BA, University of Lethbridge
MA, University of Calgary
PhD, Western University


  • History 1404E: The Totalitarian Age
  • History 2175: North America’s Wars
  • History 2179: The World Wars
  • History 2403E: Europe and England in the 16th and 17th Centuries
  • History 2491E: Hitler’s Europe
  • History 3411E: The British Isles From 1688
  • History 3714F: Social Bases of Fascism
  • History 3901F: Workplace Learning
  • History 4861G: The Holocaust and Human Rights

Selected Publications

“Revisiting the ‘Colonial Hypothesis’: The Policies and Language of the Italian Army in Ethiopia and Yugoslavia.” In A Fascist Decade of War? 1935–1945 in International Perspective, edited by Marco Maria Aterrano and Karine Varley, 134–148. London: Routledge, 2020.

"Technology and Terror in Fascist Italy's Counterinsurgency Operations: Ethiopia and Yugoslavia, 1936–43." In Fascist Warfare, 1922–1945: Aggression, Occupation, Annihilation, edited by Miguel Alonso, Alan Kramer, and Javier Rodrigo, 143–168. Cham: Palgrave Macmillian, 2019.

“Religion, Race, and the Nation in La Tradotta del Fronte Giulio, 1942–1943.” Modern Italy 23, no. 4 (2018): 373–93.

“‘We Istrians do very well in Russia’: Istrian Combatants, Fascist Propaganda, and Brutalization on the Eastern Front.” In Italy in the Second World War: Alternative Perspectives, edited by Emanuele Sica, 275–298. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

“‘Ha detto male di Garibaldi’: Quirino Armellini and Dissent in the Royal Italian Army.” In The Concept of Resistance in Italy: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, edited by Maria Laura Mosco and Pietro Pirani, 153–170. London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.