France: Suggested Readings


Editor's Note: Some of these texts are available in English and French. An asterisk (*) denotes a text that is available in English, but is listed according to its French publication information.

* Maurice Agulhon, Marianne au combat: L'imagerie et la symbolique républicaines de 1789 à 1880 (Paris, 1979).

David A. Bell, "Lingua Populi, Lingua Dei: Language, Religion and the Origins of French Revolutionary Nationalism," The American Historical Review, vol. C, no. 5, 1995, pp. 1403-37.

-------, "Jumonville’s Death: Nation and Race in Eighteenth-Century France," in Colin Jones and Dror Wahrman, The Age of Cultural Revolutions (Berkeley, 2001).

-------, "Recent Works on Early Modern French National Identity," The Journal of Modern History, vol. LXVIII, no. 1, 1996, pp. 84-113.

-------, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being French: Law, Republicanism and National Identity at the End of the Old Regime," The American Historical Review, June 2001.

Rogers Brubaker, Citizenship and Nationhood in France and Germany (Cambridge, Mass., 1992).

Michel de Certeau, Dominique Julia and Jacques Revel, Une politique de la langue: La Révolution française et les patois (Paris, 1975).

Jean-François Chanet, L'Ecole républicaine et les petites patries (Paris, 1996).

William F. Church, "France," in Orest Ranum, ed., National Consciousness, History and Political Culture in Early Modern Europe (Baltimore, 1975), pp. 43-66.

Paul Cohen, "Courtly French, Learned Latin, and Peasant Patois: The Making of a National Language in Early Modern France," unpublished Ph.D. thesis, Princeton University, 2000.

Hélène Dupuy, "Genèse de la Patrie Moderne: La naissance de l'idée moderne de patrie en France avant et pendant la Révolution, " unpublished Mémoire de Doctorat, Université de Paris- I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), 1995.

-------, ``Le Roi dans la patrie,'' Annales historiques de la Révolution française, no. 284 (1991), pp. 139-57.

Edmond Dziembowski, Un nouveau patriotisme français, 1750-1770: La France face à la puissance anglaise à l'époque de la guerre de Sept Ans (Oxford, 1998).

Steven Englund, ``The Ghost of Nation Past'' (Review of Nora, Les lieux de mémoire), Journal of Modern History, vol. LXIV (1992), pp. 299-320.

Elisabeth Fehrenbach, "Nation," in Rolf Reichart and Eberhard Schmitt, eds., Handbuch politisch-sozialer Grundbegriffe in Frankreich, 1680-1820, vol. VII (Munich, 1986), pp. 75-107.

Stéphane Gerson, "Pays and Nation: The Uneasy Formation of an Historical Patrimony in France, 1830-1870," unpublished Ph.D. dissertation., University of Chicago, 1997.

-------, "Town, nation, or humanity? Festive delineations of place and past in Northern France, ca. 1825-1865," The Journal of Modern History, vol. 72, no. 3 (2000), pp. 628-82.

Jacques Godechot, ``Nation, patrie, nationalisme et patriotisme en France au XVIIIe siècle,'' in Annales de l'histoire de la Révolution française, 206 (1971), pp. 481-501.

Brian Jenkins, Nationalism in France: Class and Nation Since 1789 (London, 1990).

Hans Kohn, Prelude to Nation States: The French and German Experience, 1789-1815 (New York, 1967).

Herman Lebovics, True France: The Wars over Cultural Identity, 1900-1945 (Ithaca, 1992).

James R. Lehning, Peasant and French : Cultural Contact in Rural France During the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge, 1995).

Albert Mathiez, La Révolution et les étrangers: Cosmopolitisme et défense nationale (Paris, 1918).

Robert Morrissey, L'Empereur à la barbe fleurie: Charlemagne dans la mythologie et l'histoire de la France (Paris, 1997).

Gérard Noiriel, Le creuset français: Histoire de l'immigration, XIXe-XXe siècles (Paris, 1986).

* Pierre Nora, ed., Les lieux de mémoire, III parts (Paris, 1986-1993).

Daniel Nordman, Frontières de France: De l'espace au territoire, XVIe - XIXe siècle (Paris, 1999).

Conor Cruise O'Brien, "Nationalism and the French Revolution," in Geoffrey Best, ed., The Permanent Revolution: The French Revolution and its Legacy, 1789-1989 (Chicago and London, 1988), pp. 17-48.

Mona Ozouf, La fête révolutionnaire, 1789-1799 (Paris, 1976).

Gérard de Puymège, Chauvin le soldat laboureur : Contribution à l’étude des nationalismes (Paris, 1993).

Peter Sahlins, Boundaries: The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrennees (Berkeley, 1989).

-------, "Fictions of a Catholic France: The Naturalization of Foreigners, 1685-1787," Representations 47 (1994), pp. 85-110.

-------, ``National Frontiers Revisited: France's Boundaries since the Seventeenth Century,'' American Historical Review, vol. 95, no. 5 (1990), pp. 1423-51.

------- and Jean-François Dubost, Et si on faisait payer les étrangers? Louis XIV, les immigrés et quelques autres (Paris, 1999).

Anne-Marie Thiesse, Ils apprenaient la France: L'exaltation des régions dans le discours patriotique (Paris, 1997).

Tzetan Todorov, On Human Diversity: Nationalism, Racism and Exoticism in French Thought, Catherine Porter, trans. (Cambridge, Mass., 1992).

Sophie Wahnich, L'impossible citoyen: L'étranger dans le discours de la Révolution française (Paris, 1997).

Eugen Weber, Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France (Stanford, 1976).

* Michel Winock, Nationalisme, antisémitisme et fascisme en France (Paris, 1990).

Myriam Yardeni, La conscience nationale en France pendant les guerres de religion (1559-1598) (Louvain, 1971).

- David Bell
Professor of History
Johns Hopkins University