H-France is a scholarly organization promoting the study of French and Francophone history and culture online.  Since its origins in 1991, H-France has grown into a central source of scholarly information and publications related to French history, literature, art history, musicology, film studies, and philosophy.  Publishing five open access journals and supporting a discussion list, a Scholars Registry, and a website, the H-France Editorial Team is composed of a large group of volunteers whose efforts are the heart and soul of its operations.

Appointment of Next H-France Editor-in-Chief

It is our great pleasure to announce the appointment of Michael Breen as Editor-in-Chief of H-France, beginning in the summer of 2021.  Michael will be working with long-time Editor-in-Chief David Kammerling Smith from the summer of 2020 to the summer of 2021 to become familiar with the operations, policies, and norms that have developed at H-France over the decades. Then he will become Editor-in-Chief himself in the summer of 2021.

Michael Breen is Professor of History and Humanities at Reed College. A specialist in early modern French history, he is the author of one book, of another forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, and of numerous articles, reviews, and forums. He is well-known within the community of scholars of Francophone history and culture as an authority on law and society. Details of his professional work can be found at https://www.reed.edu/history/breen/index.html.

In the view of the Search Committee and the H-France Editorial Board, Michael is the perfect person to carry on the superb work of David Kammerling Smith. He is thoughtful, committed to scholarship and to the profession, personable, well-connected in the Francophone scholarly world, tested by relevant experience, and eager to learn something new.

Our thanks to all who helped the Search Committee find new leadership for this scholarly resource that means so much to all of us.

Best wishes,

Carolyn Chappell Lougee, H-France Financial Officer

On behalf of the H-France Editorial Board

Frances and Charles Field Professor in History, Emerita
Stanford University

♦Publication of the Month♦

H-France Forum

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Discussion and debate, interpretation and re-interpretation, new angles of analysis and new theories to consider–all of these are vital to the scholarly enterprise.  H-France Forum encourages such activities by developing forums around recently published books.  A forum begins with four scholars offering their various responses to a specific book.  Afterwards, the book’s author responds to these reviews, taking the opportunity to further develop the books ideas and to defend the interpretive decisions made.  The result is a substantial investigation of new interpretations, methods, and theories.