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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 2016

30th annual conference at the University of Chichester, 3-5 July 2016.

Theme: “High and Low Culture: Elite and Popular Constructions”

Call for Papers now live!

Watch the videos of the Plenary Speakers from our 2015 Conference: Prof David A Bell and Prof Alice Conklin


* 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)


* Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture

Prof. Sian Reynolds will speak on 'Children of the Revolutionaries', Wednesday 13th January 2015 at the Institut Français in London.


* 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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