H-France Salon Volume 7

Originating in 2009, H-France Salon is an interactive journal that welcomes proposals which will enhance the scholarly study of French history and culture.

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H-France Salon, vol. 7 (2015), Issue 20

The Scholary Critique


H-France Practices and Standards

#1 H-France Review: Policies, Procedures, and a Bit of History

David Kammerling Smith. H-France Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Illinois University


The Scholarly Critique: Some Historical Perspective

#2 Scholarly Critique in Early Modern Europe

Ann Blair, Harvard University

#3 The Lamentations of Jameson and Clio's "Critical Eye"

John L. Harvey, St. Cloud State University

#4 Scholarly Critique in the Twenty-First Century

Michael Christofferson, Adelphi University


The Scholarly Critique: Personal Experiences

#5 A Personal Perspective on Book Reviewing

Catherine Nesci, University of California, Santa Barbara

#6 Fear and Loathing at the H-France Review Publication Desk: Nausée and the Hostile Review

G. Matthew Adkins, Columbus State Community College


Reviewing Across Boundaries

#7 The Bounds of Critique, Critique out of Bounds

Daniel Brewer, University of Minnesota

#8 Un métier, mais des pratiques différentes

Annie Jourdan, Universié d'Amsterdam

#9 Cat Massacres, the Jones Conundrum, and Peer Review

Colin Jones, Queen Mary College, University of London

#10 Scholarly Critique between Institution and Interpretation

Tom McDonough, Binghamton University


The Scholarly Critique: Reflections on Practices and Ethics

#11 "How violently the hands of even very senior figures shook": Peer Review between Encomium and Invective

Nancy Green, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

#12 Reviewing Across Disciplines

Maurice Samuels, Yale University

#13 Le compte rendu, une « police scientifique » ?

Dominique Kalifa, Université Panthéon – Sorbonne /Institut Universitaire de France

#14 In Defense of Criticism

David Bell, Princeton University

#15 Criticism and Critique: A View from French Studies

Margaret Atack, University of Leeds


The Scholarly Critique: Editors' Perspectives, a conversation

A videotaped conversation between:

Michael Wolfe, H-France Review Chief Review Editor, Queen's College, CUNY

Penny Roberts, French History, Co-Editor, University of Warwick

Robert Schneider, American Historical Review, Former Editor, Indiana University



H-France Salon, vol. 7 (2015), Issue 19

Panel Session at the Western Society for French History 43rd Conference

7 November 2015, Chicago, Illinois

Workshop: “Teaching from Objects”

Leora Auslander, University of Chicago

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H-France Salon, vol. 7 (2015), Issue 18

Panel Session at the Western Society for French History 43rd Conference

6 November 2015, Chicago, Illinois

Eastern Exchanges: France in the Eighteenth-Century East

Chair: Kathleen Wellman, Southern Methodist University 

Jeunes de Langues: French Children in the Ottoman Empire

Julia M. Gossard, University of Texas, Austin 



Building a Global Catholic Community in Seventeenth-Century France and Vietnam

Keith Luria, North Carolina State University



Ambassadors, Missionaries, and Converts: Picturing Religious Conversion in Eighteenth-Century Images of Diplomatic Exchanges

Ashley Bruckbauer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill



Comment: Steven Rowe, Chicago State University




H-France Salon, vol. 7 (2015), Issue 17

Panel Session at the Western Society for French History 43rd Conference

6 November 2015, Chicago, Illinois

Intellectual Exchanges: Gender, Identity, and Embodiment Before, During, and After the Dreyfus Affair
Chair: Rachel Fuchs, Arizona State University

“Maxims to Keep in the Current Crisis”: Gender, Politics, and Pedagogy during the Dreyfus Affair 

Jean Elisabeth Pedersen, University of Rochester



A Republic of Letters for the Anti-Enlightenment: The Henry Subscription (December 1898 - January 1899) 

Elizabeth Everton (Margaret Zirbel, co-author), Concordia University



Embodied Reason in French Philosophy around 1900: Emile Durkheim and the Liberal Revue de métaphysique et de morale 

Eric Brandom, Kansas State University 



Comment: Elinor Accampo, University of Southern California





H-France Salon, vol. 7 (2015), Issue 16

Panel Session at the Western Society for French History 43rd Conference

6 November 2015, Chicago, Illinois

“Foreign" Food in Contemporary France

Chair: Julia Landweber, Montclair State University

The Politics of the Grain: Couscous in Post-Colonial France

Ben Poole, Texas Tech University



A Vietnamese Soup in France: From Soupe Tonkinoise to Soupe Nationale

Erica J. Peters, Culinary Historians of Northern California



Why Vegetarian Food in School Cafeterias is a Problem: Food and Frenchness in the 21st Century

Leora Auslander, University of Chicago



Comment: Lauren Janes, Hope College





H-France Salon, Vol. 7, Issue 15

Donald A. Bailey, 1940-2015
by Robert Young, University of Winnipeg


H-France Salon, Vol. 7, Issue 14

The Robespierre Problem
Edited by Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne

The Robespierre Problem: An Introduction, Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne

The Robespierre Problem, David Andress, University of Portsmouth

The Choices of Maximilien Robespierre, Marisa Linton, Kingston University

Robespierre pris au piège des mécanismes d’épuration politique, Michel Biard, GRHis, Normandie Université, Rouen

Aux origines du « problème » Robespierre: l’historien face à ses interrogations, Hervé Leuwers, Université Lille 3 - UMR IRHiS

The Robespierre Problem: A Conversation. Colin Jones, Queen Mary, University of London
and Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne



H-France Salon, Vol. 7, Issue 13

New Directions: French Scholarship on Early Modern France
Edited by Hilary Bernstein

Hilary Bernstein, University of California, Santa Barbara

Conference Presentations at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, Montreal, Canada, 25 April 2014
Hugues Daussy, "Ecrire une Histoire Politique de la Reforme francaise"

Claire Chatelain, "Positions and Roles dans la Parente"

Elie Haddad, "Une histoire sociale de la noblesse française"

Audience Commentary

Anglophone Commentaries
Calm waters, James C. Collins, Georgetown University

Family, self-expression and defense of the faith, Penny Roberts, University of Warwick

Microclimates, Jonathan Dewald, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Concluding Remarks, Michael P. Breen, Reed College



H-France Salon, Vol. 7, Issue 12

Stanley Hoffman, 1928-2015

by Mary Dewhurst Lewis, Harvard University


H-France Salon, Vol. 7, Issue 11

Teaching the World Wars in France: New Approaches and Ideas 
Chair: Sarah Fishman, University of Houston

“Teaching the Cultural History of World War I”
Bruno Cabanes, Ohio State University



“Global History in a National Space: France as a Transnational Space, 1914-1918”
Martha Hanna, University of Colorado, Boulder



“The Épinal Project: Researching the Lives of American GIs Buried in Epinal Military Cemetery”
Mary Louise Roberts, University of Wisconsin-Madison



Additional Written Comments by Mary Louise Roberts on "The Épinal Project"

Audience Discussion



H-France Salon, Vol. 7, Issue 10

Complicating the Narrative: Teaching the Algerian War
Chair: Frédéric Viguier, New York University

“And What Is the Jewish Perspective on the War?”
Jessica Hammerman, Central Oregon Community College

“The Third Way: The Beur Novel and the Search for Identity”
Lindsay Kaplan, New York University
Commentator: James LeSueur, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


H-France Salon, vol. 7, Issue 9

Roundtable: Piketty in Historical Perspective
Moderator: Geoff Read, Huron University College

“Culture, Capital, and Thomas Piketty’s Le capital au XXIe siècle (2013)”
Julia Abramson, University of Oklahoma

“From Malthus to Piketty: Demography and Inequality in Political Economy”
Rachel Chrastil, Xavier University

“Piketty and the Promise of Postwar Growth”
Venus Bivar, Washington University in St. Louis

“Sully Redivivus? Piketty and the Deep History of French Political Economy”
Jotham Parsons, Duquesne University

Comment from the audience

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H-France Salon, Vol. 7, Issue 8

Learning from the Courte Durée: Moments in Mediterranean Environmental History
Chair: Michael Kwass, Johns Hopkins University
“The Pyrenean Cotton Boom: Acclimatization and Modernization in Napoleonic France”
Joseph Horan, Colorado School of Mines
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“The Peste of Provence and the Centralization of Crisis Management in the Early Eighteenth  Century”
Cindy Ermus, Florida Southwestern State College
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“Resources and Revolution: The Struggle for Corsican Timber”
Joshua Meeks, Florida State University
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Commentator: Susan Carol Rogers, New York University
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H-France Salon, vol. 7, Issue 7
Victims, Compensation, Melancholy: Shaping the Legacies of Revolution and Violence in France, 1794-1799                 
Chair:  David Garrioch, Monash University
“Maximilien Robespierre, Melancholic Victim of his own Virtue?”
Colin Jones, Queen Mary University of London
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“The Victim Strikes Back?  Print Culture after the Terror in France, 1794-1799”
Alex Fairfax-Cholmeley, University of Exetere
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Commentator: Ronen Steinberg, Michigan State University
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H-France Salon, vol. 7, Issue 6

Mediterranean France      
Chair, Susan Ashley, Colorado College    
“Mediterranean French Modern: The Trans-Imperial Life of Abraham Ankawa, 1810- 1890” Jessica Marglin, University of Southern California    
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“Making Mediterranean Spaces: Jews, Muslims, and Mainland France Between the Wars”
Ethan Katz, University of Cincinnati    
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“Jean Scelles and the Myth of a Trans-Mediterranean ‘Traite des Blanches,’ 1962-1979”
Todd Shepard, Johns Hopkins University      
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Commentator: Naomi Davidson, University of Ottawa   
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H-France Salon, vol. 7, Issue 5

Critical Education Yesterday and Today
Plenary Luncheon Presentation
Society for French Historical Studies

Introduction, by Dennis McEnnerney, Colorado College

Critical Education Yesterday and Today, by François Cusset, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense 


H-France Salon, Vol. 7 (2015), Issue 4

Thing of the Day
Presented by Leora Auslander, University of Chicago


The use of material culture as evidence has a long and honorable history among scholars of France. The last two decades has, however, seen a resurgence of interest in its possibilities.  Inspired by this renewed interest, the Society for French Historical Studies conference at Colorado College in April 2015 featured a plenary session entitled "Teaching from Objects."  Envisaging a workshop format, we invited participants to bring an object that had given them insight into a problem or question in French history that they had used successfully in the classroom or an object that intrigued them but that they could not figure out how to interpret or teach. The session was very well-attended and discussion so lively that we could barely begin to talk about the objects people had brought.


We will be having a follow-up workshop at the Western Society for French History Meetings in Chicago in November and hope that, along with many new participants, those who came to the first will join in this one. (We promise to be better organized so that more things can be discussed!)


Looking forward to that session, and building on the workshop in Colorado, we have put out a call for a "Thing of the Day" post, which will be presented as part of H-France Salon.  Each "Thing of the Day" post will include images and a description of a "Thing" and a discussion blog so that individuals can join a conversation about the "Thing."

Those who wish to submit a "Thing of the Day" should simply send an image of the object, a descriptive paragraph (including as much detail about the object and its current location as possible), and a set of questions you have about it to the H-France Editor-in-Chief (dksmith@eiu.edu). Those questions would ideally concern teaching as well as research. We would hope that those who have ideas of answers (or perhaps further questions) would then weigh in.
Just to provide inspiration, here are a few of the multitude of objects possible: cookbooks; items of clothing or hair accessories; musical instruments; weapons; tools; household goods; vehicles; toys; dolls; maps; recording devices; and, writing implements.

Please do respond to the "Thing of the Day" posts to enrich the conversation.


#1  Pierre le Négre Playing Cards  


H-France Salon, Volume 7 (2015), Issue 3

Peter Gay, A Rembrance. By David Avrom Bell.


H-France Salon, Volume 7 (2015), Issue 2

Considering Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Edited by Kenneth Mouré, University of Alberta

Introduction by Kenneth Mouré, University of Alberta

Historians should pay much more attention to what people do and perhaps pay a little less to what they say or think, by Philip Hoffman, California Institute of Technology

What can Capital in the Twenty-First Century teach French historians? Beaucoup, by Richard Kuisel, Georgetown University

History really enters the picture, by Patrice Baubeau, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, IDHES

A major contribution to public philosophy, by Mary O. Furner, University of California at Santa Barbara

Interview of Thomas Piketty by Kenneth Mouré


H-France Salon, Volume 7 (2015), Issue 1

Marriage Equality in Contemporary France
A Collaboration between Contemporary French Civilization and H-France
Edited by David Kammerling Smith


In its December 2014 issue, Contemporary French Civilization​ published a special forum entitled "Au-delà du mariage: De l’égalité des droits à la critique des normes" guest edited by Éric Fassin and Daniel Borrillo.  In collaboration with Contemporary French Civilization, H-France developed an issue of H-France Salon to further the discussion over the issues raised in CFC.  In order to facilitate this collaboration, Liverpool University Press has kindly agreed to make freely available until 21 March 2015 Éric Fassin's article in the CFC special issue entitled, "Same-sex marriage, nation, and race: French political logics and rhetorics."  The article maybe accessed through the following link:
"Same-sex marriage, nation, and race: French political logics and rhetorics." 

This issue of H-France Salon contains two pieces.  

First, Carolyn Dean, Yale University offers a response to Éric Fassin's essay that seeks to clarify its arguments and offer broad comparisons:
    "Marriage for All—Theory of Gender for All:  A Response to Éric Fassin’s 'Same-Sex Marriage, Nation, and Race: French Political Logics and Rhetorics.'"
​Second, CFC Editor-in-Chief Denis Provencher interviews Éric Fassin with regard to his own essay, Carolyn Dean's response, and the CFC special issue.