Category Archives: French History

When Will the French Dam Against the Far Right Crack?

I am happy to report that my opinion essay on the recent French presidential election has been published by History News Network. Here is the opening of the essay: “On Sunday [24 April 2022], President Emmanuel Macron won re-election in … Continue reading

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French Politics and the Memory of the Algerian War

The historical memory of the Algerian War (1954-1962) looms large in French politics. Commemorations this weekend of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Algerian War and the establishment of Algerian independence in 1962 come in the midst of … Continue reading

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French Presidential Elections 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has already had an enormous impact on European politics and society. Poland and other Eastern European nations are rightly nervous and have bolstered their defenses, supported by NATO. Germany has radically increased its defense spending … Continue reading

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Rousseau and Revolution

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Seminar at Montclair State University is hosting a lecture by Francesco Toto on “Rousseau and Revolution in the Second Discourse.” Graduate students in pre-modern History at Northern Illinois University may be interested in this … Continue reading

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Femmes à la cour de France

Tracy Adams has published a review of a collective volume on Femmes à la cour de France, edited by Caroline zum Kolk and Kathleen Wilson. I was pleased to write an essay for this collective volume on noblewomen from the … Continue reading

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Research Methods in Early Modern Studies

The Folger Shakespeare Library will be offering a research methods seminar in early modern studies in May 2022 for graduate students pursuing Renaissance and early modern studies. Graduate students who are considering applying for this research methods seminar are invited … Continue reading

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CRS Graduate Student Conference

The Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies is hosting its Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference online via Zoom, beginning today. Graduate students in Renaissance studies and pre-modern History at Northern Illinois University are encouraged to participate. Here is the announcement from … Continue reading

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Commemorating Montaigne’s Essais

French literary scholars are commemorating the 450th anniversary of the beginning of the writing of Montaigne’s Essais. Michel de Montaigne began writing his innovative essays in southwestern France in 1572, the year of the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. France Mémoire … Continue reading

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Jacques Cujas and the Legal Renaissance

This year, French jurists and academics are remembering Jacques Cujas, an important humanist legal scholar who was born 500 years ago in 1522. Humanism is often understood primarily as a literary movement during the Renaissance, but humanists worked in diverse … Continue reading

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Die Kapitalisierung des Krieges / Capitalisation of War

I was excited to receive my copy of Die Kapitalisierung des Krieges: Kriegsunternehmer in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit yesterday in the campus mail at Northern Illinois University. The book presents comparative studies of military entrepreneurship, war finance, military logistics, and … Continue reading

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