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Welcome to The Society for the Study of French History.

Welcome to the UK Society for the Study of French History. Our mission is to promote the study and understanding of the history of France and the Francophone world in the UK and Ireland. We are a registered charity, run by volunteers – mainly academics from institutions of higher education. We foster close and regular collaboration with historians of France elsewhere in the world, and most especially in France.

We seek to place the history of France in its broadest global context. We welcome the engagement of all who are interested in the history of France, amateurs, professionals... and simply francophone enthusiasts. We particularly appreciate the involvement of UK and Irish teachers and secondary school students.

Membership of the Society carries the automatic benefits of subscription to the society journal, French History. This appears four times a year, and contains almost 600 pages a year of the latest French historical research and a quarterly newsletter featuring the Society’s activities.

It also enables you to apply for the Society’s grants and bursaries and obtain copies of the society’s monograph series ‘Studies on Modern French History’ at 35% reduction in published price. Details of how to join are available from here.

Professor Máire Cross, President.

* SSFH Annual Conference 2015

29th annual conference at the University of St Andrews, 28 - 30th June 2015.

Registration open!

Theme: Turning Points in French History

The key plenary speakers are:

  • Professor David Bell (Princeton University)
  • Professor Alice Conklin (Ohio State University)

Watch the videos of the Plenary Speakers from our 2014 Durham Conference! William Reddy, Sophia Rosenfeld and Christophe Prochasson.


* Studies in Modern French History

Monographs series with Manchester University Press:

Scott Soo, The routes to exile: France and the Spanish Civil War refugees, 1939–2009 (2013)

Helen M Davies, Emile and Isaac Pereire: Bankers, Socialists and Sephardic Jews in nineteenth-century France (2014)

Laura O'Brien, The republican line: Caricature and French republican identity, 1830–52(2015)




* Memorial Workshop & Reception

One day workshop & jazz reception to celebrate Gwynne Lewis & Roger Magraw to be held at the University of Warwick - Friday 18 September 2015. This celebratory conference is an opportunity to commemorate the men and their work. Register at the link below.


* French History Journal

From its inception the Society has been associated with the journal FRENCH HISTORY,an international forum for all approaches to the subject. The editors work closely with an international board of established Historians to develop articles to appeal to the widest academic audience.


* Ralph Gibson Bursary Award

The Ralph Gibson Bursary is an annual award of £3000 made to a fourth year PhD student, to facilitate the completion of a PhD thesis in French history [more...]

* Grants and Bursaries

See Grants and Bursaries page for details of further conference and research grants and bursaries, including NEW Postgraduate conference panel and Visiting Scholar awards.

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