Youth Culture at the Liberation: Résistantes and Résistants in Cardboard Cut-Outs

In the final post for this year in our ongoing series ‘New Directions in French History’, Emily Hooke (University of Southhampton) explores cardboard cutouts depicting the Liberation. On a trip to Paris a few years ago, I was wandering along the Seine, glancing casually at the boquinistes when I spotted something interesting: three pieces of cardboard illustrated […]

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Strategy or Sincerity? Studying Letters of French Jews to the Vichy Government

In the second of three new posts in our ongoing series ‘New Directions in French History’, Florence Largillière (Queen Mary) explores the letters French Jews wrote to the Vichy government during the Second World War, asking ‘how should historians look at these letters, since they give a convenient version of the reality, and hide many sides of […]

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Where is French history going?

In the final blog post in a series on the ‘New Directions in French History’ conference held at the Institute of Historical Research in September, Ludivine Broch reflects on how students and researchers approach French history today.   In Aug-Sept 2010, as I frantically tried to finish my thesis for submission, I was also designing […]

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About Time

In this seventh post in a series of reflections on the New Directions in French History Conference in London in September, Alex Paulin-Booth (Oxford) asks what an attention to time can tell historians of radical political movements. Few people would argue that time lies at the heart of much of what we do — the blunt fact of […]

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“Le Corrèze avant le Zambèze”: Futures, Presents, and Directions in French History

In this sixth post in a series of reflections on the New Directions in French History Conference in London in September, Andrew WM Smith (UCL) reflects on the connections between past and future in the work of doing history.   Thinking about New Directions in French History meant asking big questions about the discipline. It led me back […]

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A transnational perspective on cultural diplomacy

In this fifth post in a series of reflections on the New Directions in French History Conference in London in September, Charlotte Faucher (doctoral candidate, Queen Mary) explores ideas about ‘flows’ between countries in Europe, raising issues around ‘transnational’ and ‘comparative’ history writing.   My work relies on theories of transnationalism, cultural transfers and, to a lesser extent, comparative history. […]

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