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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 and Francophone History’ at 35% reduction in published price. Details of how to join are available from here.

Professor Penny Roberts, President.

* Conference 2022

The Society for the Study of French History will hold its 35th annual conference at Exeter College, University of Oxford, from 10 - 13 April 2022.  The theme is Encounters/Rencontres

Our Provisional Programme is now live and available on our Conference page, where you can also Register and find out more information.





* Studies in Modern French and Francophone History

Monographs series with Manchester University Press. Most recent publications:

Keith Rathbone Sport and physical culture in Occupied France (2022)

Richard Bates Psychoanalysis and the family in twentieth-century France (2022)

Anne Byrne Death and the Crown: Ritual and Politics in France before the Revolution (2022)

Matt Perry Mutinous memories A subjective history of French military protest in 1919 (2021)

[more...] [more on the MUP site...]

* Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture

Our Annual Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture for 2022 will be given by Professor Penny Roberts (Warwick) on 12th January 2022. Her lecture is entitled The Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacres 450 years on See this link for further details...

* 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.

* SSFH Covid-19 Update

During the current global crisis related to the Covid-19 virus and its wider social impacts, the SSFH realizes that many of the planned activities of the Society and its members need to be constrained and adapted.


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