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French Historians 1900-2000: New Historical Writing in Twentieth-Century France

Philip Daileader (Editor), Philip Whalen (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9867-7
632 pages
April 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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French Historians 1900-2000: The New Historical Writing in Twentieth-Century France examines the lives and writings of 40 of France’s great twentieth-century historians.
  • Blends biography with critical analysis of major works, placing the work of the French historians in the context of their life stories
  • Includes contributions from over 30 international scholars
  • Provides English-speaking readers with a new insight into the key French historians of the last century
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


1. Maurice Agulhon (1926- ) (Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne).

2. Philippe Ariès (1914-1984) (Patrick H. Hutton, University of Vermont).

3. Jacques Berque (1910-1995) (James Whidden, Acadia University).

4. Marc Bloch (1886-1944) (Francine Michaud, University of Calgary).

5. Fernand Braudel (1902-1985) (Eric R. Dursteler, Brigham Young University).

6. Michel de Certeau (1925-1986) (Willem Frijhoff, VU-University, Amsterdam).

7. Roger Chartier (1945- ) (Laura Mason, University of Georgia).

8. Pierre Chaunu (1923-2009) (David Stewart, Hillsdale College).

9. Louis Chevalier (1911-2001) (Barrie M. Ratcliffe, University of Laval, Quebec City).

10. Alain Corbin (1936- ) (Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne).

11. Jean Delumeau (1923- ) (Thomas Worcester, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts).

12. Jacques Droz (1909-1998) (Joseph Tendler, University of St. Andrews) .

13. Georges Duby (1919-1996) (Leah Shopkow, Indiana University).

14. Bernard Faÿ (1893-1978) (John L. Harvey, St. Cloud State University).

15. Lucien Febvre (1878-1956) (Wallace Kirsop, Monash University).

16. Marc Ferro (1924- ) (Kevin J. Callahan, Saint Joseph College, Connecticut).

17. Michel Foucault (1926-1984) (James A. Winders, Appalachian State University).

18. François Furet (1927-1997) (Marvin R. Cox, University of Connecticut).

19. Etienne Gilson (1884-1978) (Philip Daileader, College of William and Mary).

20. Jacques Godechot (1907-1989) (Emmet Kennedy, George Washington University).

21. Pierre Goubert (1915- ) (James B. Collins, Georgetown University).

22. Elie Halévy (1870-1937) (Philip Daileader, College of William and Mary).

23. Paul Hazard (1878-1944) (Leonore Loft, State University of New York, Fredonia).

24. Ernest Labrousse (1895-1988) (Mark Potter, Metropolitan State College of Denver).

25. Jacques Le Goff (1924- ) (Joëlle Rollo-Koster, University of Rhode Island).

26. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie (1929- ) (Jeffrey A. Bowman, Kenyon College).

27. Georges Lefebvre (1874-1959) (Lawrence Harvard Davis, North Shore Community College).

28. Albert Mathiez (1874-1932) (James Friguglietti, Montana State University-Billings).

29. Roland Mousnier (1907-1993) (Sharon Kettering, Montgomery College).

30. Pierre Nora (1931- ) (Richard C. Holbrook, formerly Northwestern University).

31. Mona Ozouf (1931- ) (Harvey Chisick, University of Haifa).

32. Michelle Perrot (1928- ) (Denise Z. Davidson, Georgia State University).

33. Henri Pirenne (1862-1935) (Walter Prevenier, University of Ghent).

34. René Rémond (1918-2007) (Samuel Kalman, St. Francis Xavier University).

35. Daniel Roche (1935- ) (Harvey Chisick, University of Haifa).

36. Gaston Roupnel (1871-1946) (Philip Whalen, Coastal Carolina University).

37. Henry Rousso (1954- ) (Hugo Frey, University of Chichester and Christopher Flood, University of Surrey).

38. Pierre de Saint Jacob (1905-1960) (James B. Collins, Georgetown University).

39. Henri Sée (1864-1936) (Mark Potter, Metropolitan State College of Denver).

40. François Simiand (1873-1935) (Philip Whalen, Coastal Carolina University).

41. Albert Soboul (1914-1982) (Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne).

42. Michel Vovelle (1933- ) (Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne).

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Author Information

Philip Daileader is Department Chair and Associate Professor of History at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His research interests are the social, religious, and cultural history of Mediterranean Europe, especially southern France and Spain, during the Middle Ages. He is the author of True Citizens: Violence, Memory, and Identity in the Medieval Community of Perpignan, 1162-1397 (2000; French translation 2004).

Philip Whalen is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Honors Program at Coastal Carolina University. His research interests are in tourism, gastronomy, and the vectors of identity formation in twentieth-century France. He is the author of Gaston Roupnel: âme paysanne et sciences humaines (2001) and is currently working on an ecological history of Burgundy's Clos de Bèze vineyards.

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"This book on French historians in the twentieth century with contributions by mostly Anglophone scholars is a delightful and substantial resource. Anyone interested in French history and historiography, expert and non-expert alike, will read it with relish, and any university library worth its salt will want to have it on its shelves. It truly is a lovely, sui generis project." (H-France Review, 1 August 2011)

"Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty." (Choice, 1 February 2011)

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