French History @ IHR: Julia Nicholls on Revolution

  Date & Place: Monday 16 November, in the Wolfson Room NB02, IHR Basement, North block, Senate House Speakers: Julia Nicholls (QMUL) Paper Title: ‘The Revolution is over, long live revolution: history, science and social change in post-Commune revolutionary thought’ Chair: Iain Stewart (QMUL) The long shadow of the French Revolution has often clouded the way we view we have […]

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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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Intimate relationships: historians, the past, and their subjects

In this fourth post in a series of reflections on the New Directions in French History Conference in London in September, Laura O’Brien (Lecturer, Northumbria University) addresses questions of how historians relate to their subjects.   I’m sure that my colleagues and students are bored to tears with my tendency of late to preface conversation with: ‘I was at […]

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Conference Announcement: Histoire et mémoire de la Résistance en Seine-Inférieure pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale

Journée d’études organisée à l’UFR de Lettres et Sciences Humaines (Mont-Saint-Aignan) Bâtiment Robespierre, salle F311, le 9 décembre 2015 à 9h15. L’histoire de la Résistance en Seine Inférieure pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale apparaît relativement moins connue que pour d’autres départements français. Sa mémoire semble également plus incertaine. Cette journée d’études vise à questionner cette lacune et à mieux comprendre […]

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Can post-war French historians be subjects of history?

In this third post in a series of reflections on the New Directions in French History Conference in London in September, Ellen Crabtree (PhD candidate in French, Newcastle University) reflects on post-war historians as a generation, and as individuals. In his essay What is history? EH Carr famously cautioned students to ‘study the historian before you begin […]

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Rethinking the ‘French Liberal Revival’

In this second post in a series of reflections on the New Directions in French History Conference in London in September Dr. Iain Stewart (UCL), explores the significance of the French liberal revival.   On 17 October 1983 the French philosopher, sociologist and political commentator Raymond Aron collapsed and died as he was leaving a Parisian […]

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