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French History Current Issue





Published: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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SSFH Society News

2017-08-29

The Society for the Study of French History (SSFH) supports postgraduate research by funding students to carry out archival research as well as helping them to attend and/or present work at conferences. These awards are open to all postgraduate students registered at a UK university who are carrying out research on an aspect of French history, and reports from successful applicants clearly indicate the tremendous range of research interests supported by the Society. The Society also supports conferences on French history as well as Visiting Scholars to UK and Irish Universities. In this edition we present two reports from Postgraduate Research and Travel Grants and three from Conference Grants, as well as details on the Studies in French History series with MUP. More information on the postgraduate awards (and on the full range of bursaries and prizes offered by the SSFH) is available from the Society’s website: www.frenchhistorysociety.ac.uk.



Intimate Bonds: Family and Slavery in the French Atlantic

2017-08-18

Intimate Bonds: Family and Slavery in the French Atlantic. By PalmerJennifer. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 2016. ix + 267 pp. £29.50. ISBN 978 0 8122 4840 1.



Wealth and Disaster: Atlantic Migrations from a Pyrenean Town in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

2017-08-04

Wealth and Disaster: Atlantic Migrations from a Pyrenean Town in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. By ForcePierre. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 2016. xx + 230 pp. £33.50. ISBN 978 1 421 4212 85.



Naissance et petite enfance à la cour de France (Moyen Âge-XIX e siècle)

2017-08-04

Naissance et petite enfance à la cour de France (Moyen Âge-XIXe siècle). Edited by MormichePascale and PerezStanis. Villeneuve d’Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion. 2016. 232 pp. €23.00. ISBN 978 2 7574 1379 1.



Political Belief in France, 1927–1945: Gender, Empire and Fascism in the Croix De Feu and Parti Social Français

2017-08-04

Political Belief in France, 1927–1945: Gender, Empire and Fascism in the Croix De Feu and Parti Social Français. By CampbellCaroline. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. 2015. xiv + 286 pp. £31.88. ISBN 978 0 8071 6097 8.



Les écoutes radio dans la résistance française, 1940–1945

2017-07-29

Les écoutes radio dans la résistance française, 1940–1945. By RomonFrançois. Paris: Nouveau Monde éditions. 2017. 512 pp. £21.80. ISBN: 978 2 3694 2481 9.



The Resistance, 1940: An Anthology of Writings from the French Underground

2017-07-29

The Resistance, 1940: An Anthology of Writings from the French Underground. Edited and translated by PotterCharles. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. 2016. x + 262 pp. £27.26. ISBN 0 8071 6392 4.



Season of Infamy: A Diary of War and Occupation 1939–1945

2017-07-29

Season of Infamy: A Diary of War and Occupation 1939–1945. By RistCharles. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 2016. 514 pp. £37.00. ISBN 978 0 2530 1944 8.



Social change and socialist politics: Alexandre Millerand and the contradictions of French reformism, 1899–1902

2017-07-29

Abstract
During the Affaire Dreyfus, the socialist leader Alexandre Millerand was appointed Minister of Commerce. Between 1899 and 1902, he instigated crucial social reforms, such as the limitation of working day or the compulsory arbitration of industrial conflicts. However, his action has been under-estimated by historians of socialism and historians of social reform. On the one hand, Millerand’s governmental experience is considered as a pivotal break leading to the foundation of a unified socialist party, neglecting his intellectual coherence. On the other hand, his action is a mere step in the definition of the Third Republic social policy, ignoring the specificity of his socialist convictions. This article aims at examining the Minister’s ideas and practices, by understanding his conception of social reform in the contradicting intellectual and political context of Republican « nébuleuses réformatrices » and socialist reformism. These contradictions are at work in Millerand’s projects.



The Stakes of Regulation: Perspectives on Bread, Politics and Political Economy Forty Years Later

2017-07-28

The Stakes of Regulation: Perspectives on Bread, Politics and Political Economy Forty Years Later. By KaplanSteven L.. London: Anthem Press. 2015. xi + 427 pp. £80.00. ISBN 978 1 7830 8476 0.



Napoleon: On War

2017-07-28

Napoleon: On War. Edited by ColsonBruno. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2015. viii + 483 pp. £14.99. ISBN 978 0 1996 8556 1.



L’aéronautique militaire française outre-mer 1911–1939

2017-07-28

L’aéronautique militaire française outre-mer 1911–1939. By ManchonJean-Baptiste. Paris: Presses de l’université Paris-Sorbonne. 2013. 799 pp. €26.00. ISBN 978 2 8405 0867 0.



The French Riviera: A History

2017-07-28

The French Riviera: A History. By NelsonMichael. Leicester: Matador Press. 2017. xvi + 116 pp. £13.99. ISBN 978 1 7858 9833 4.



Robespierre and the Festival of the Supreme Being: The Search for a Republican Morality

2017-07-20

Robespierre and the Festival of the Supreme Being: The Search for a Republican Morality. By SmythJonathan. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 2016. x + 181 pp. £70.00. ISBN 978 1 5261 0378 9.



The Capetian Century, 1214–1314

2017-07-18

The Capetian Century, 1214–1314. Edited by JordanWilliam Chester and PhillipsJenna Rebecca. Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages XXII. Turnhout: Brepols. 2017. xvi + 359 pp. €100.00. ISBN 978 2 5035 6718 1.



La Santé des dirigeants français: de François Ier à nos jours

2017-07-18

La Santé des dirigeants français: de François Ier à nos jours. By PerezStanis. Paris: Nouveau Monde Editions. 2016. 330 pp. €21.00. ISBN 978 2 3694 2379 9.



Seeking Imperialism’s Embrace: National Identity, Decolonization, and Assimilation in the French Caribbean

2017-07-18

Seeking Imperialism’s Embrace: National Identity, Decolonization, and Assimilation in the French Caribbean. By ChildersKristen Stromberg. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. ix + 275 pp. £47.99. ISBN 019 5 3828 39.



The Hurdy-Gurdy in Eighteenth-Century France

2017-07-18

The Hurdy-Gurdy in Eighteenth-Century France. 2nd edn. By GreenRobert A.. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 2016. xxii + 117 pp. £18.99. ISBN 978 0 2530 2513 5.



‘A Nation of Gamesters’: virtue, the will of the nation, and the National Lottery in the French Revolution

2017-07-14

Abstract
This article discusses the debates surrounding the French National Lottery during the French Revolution from the beginning of the Revolution until the lottery’s suppression in November 1793. It argues that the lottery stood at a point of intersection and contradiction between two strains of revolutionary thought: popular sovereignty and virtue. The lottery was both popular and widely regarded as a vice. As such, it led to many debates about the very nature of the ‘people’ and their ability to rule themselves in this new republican political environment. In the end, the suppression of the lottery represented the triumph of elite notions of virtue over popular governance.



“Et le roi prit tant plaisir à la musique”: Royal taste and music in the Renaissance—the case of Henri IV of France, 1589–1610

2017-07-06

Abstract
The early modern period is often hailed as a golden age for music-loving monarchs and countless such figures have been extolled for their love of music. Yet can the sources supporting this idea always be accepted literally, or are there extra-musical factors underlying the motivations for these claims? Departing from this question and drawing upon a wide range of documentation—some familiar, some newly presented here—this article centres on Henri IV of France (1589–1610). Although traditionally assumed to have been less musically inclined than other figureheads, numerous sources indicate that he had a keen interest in this art form. However, greater understanding of the historical context clearly questions the reliability of such material. This, in turn, has implications for our understanding of broader historical issues relating to Henri IV’s court and also questions our assumptions about other rulers and their alleged musical inclinations.



Territory and the politics of identity in the Basque country during the French Revolution

2017-07-06

Abstract
The abolition of privileges and the administrative division of French territory into eighty-three départements were the most long-lasting and arguably most significant reforms enacted by the French revolutionaries in the first phase of the French Revolution (1789–90). This article analyses the development of political ideas produced by such revolutionary reforms, from the convocation of the Estates-General in January 1789 to the creation of a new département in January 1790 in the Basque country. The Basques reacted conservatively, asking for the preservation of their local privileges, their special constitution and their territorial independence. This article argues that this reaction to socio-political changes was not the result of simple ignorance and conservatism, however. Rather, it mirrored the social order of the Basque locality, and it reflected an idea of nation and territorial order that was compatible with the world the Basques lived in. The Revolution abstracted ideas of nation and of national allegiance from the mere interests of the locality and, for the first time, gave them a national dimension.



The libertine novel as an economic pamphlet: Mirabeau’s Ma conversion

2017-06-03

Abstract
In 1789, the count of Mirabeau had already acquired fame as a man of letters and the author of pamphlets, essays and erotic novels. Historians rarely study his licentious writings, however; yet they deserve attention, especially if recontextualized in the polemics raging in France in the 1770s. Such is the case with Ma Conversion (1783), in which Mirabeau debated free trade under the guise of a sexual tale. The title refers to a ‘conversion’ which has little to do with religion: it represented a conversion to the laws of the market. As a provider of paid sexual services, Mirabeau’s protagonist embodied the free circulation of merchandise. Mirabeau thus expressed his views on the most important economical dispute of his time. His fondness for paradoxes was characteristic of a tradition illustrated by Mandeville. Experience and experiments, however, were at the core of his enquiry into economic theories, which he thought were inseparable from their social and moral consequences. Ma Conversion appears, in that light, as an experiment carried out in fiction in which Mirabeau set the scene for a rejection of the free trade model of economic society.