Dr Nir Arielli

Dr Nir Arielli

Research interests

My research thus far has focused on:

  • The history of foreign war volunteering and foreign fighters
  • Transnational military mobilization from the French Revolution to the present
  • Pre-1948 Palestine and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • The foreign and colonial policies of Fascist Italy

Key Publications


From Byron to Bin Laden A History of Foreign War Volunteers (Harvard University Press, 2018)

Leah Trachtman-Palchan, Between Tel Aviv and Moscow A Life of Dissent and Exile in Mandate Palestine and the Soviet Union, edited by Nir Arielli (I. B. Tauris, 2015)

Nir Arielli and Bruce Collins, Transnational Soldiers: Foreign Military Enlistment in the Modern Era (Palgrave, 2012) 

Fascist Italy and the Middle East, 1933 - 40 (Palgrave, 2010)


‘Colonial soldiers in Italian counter-insurgency operations in Libya, 1922-32’, British Journal for Military History, 1.2 (2015), 47-66

‘When are foreign volunteers useful? Israel's transnational soldiers in the war of 1948 re-examined’, Journal of Military History, 78.2 (2014), 703-724

‘In search for meaning: foreign volunteers in the Croatian armed forces, 1991 - 1995’, Contemporary European History, 21.1 (2012), 1-17

‘Induced to volunteer? The predicament of Jewish Communists in Palestine and the Spanish Civil War’, Journal of Contemporary History, 46.4 (2011)

‘“Haifa is still burning”: Italian, German and French air raids on Palestine during the Second World War’, Middle Eastern Studies, 46.3 (2010), 331-347

Current Research 

My current research project examines the human history of the Dead Sea

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Current postgraduate researchers

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