H-France Salon: Special Issues

Originating in 2009, H-France Salon is an interactive journal that welcomes proposals which will enhance the scholarly study of French history and culture. The following are the special issues that have been a part of the Salon.


H-France Salon
Volume 10 (2018), Issue 11

The Tallahassee Report and Graduate Training in French History

April 13-14, 2018


On April 13 and 14, 2018, approximately 35 doctoral students and their faculty advisors working on Old Regime, Enlightenment, and Revolutionary French history met at Florida State University to examine how doctoral education in this broad field has changed in the U.S. in recent years and to identify ways teaching, research, and the job search might be reconfigured in light of these changes. Together they represented 20 of the American universities currently granting doctoral degrees in this area of French history; observers from France and the UK were also present. The Tallahassee Report is the result of that meeting. In it the group identifies key challenges and puts forward some suggestions for how to address them. Over the summer the report was shared with several historians who did not participate in the meeting and represent a range of generations, institutions, and perspectives. Their responses are presented here along with the report with the aim of initiating a conversation on these important issues among the H-France community at large. We welcome your comments.


H-France Salon
Volume 10 (2018), Issue,11, #1

The Tallahassee Report:
Rethinking Graduate Education in Old Regime, Enlightenment, and Revolutionary French History


H-France Salon
Volume 10 (2018), Issue 11, #2
Some Reflections on De-specialization at a Small Graduate Program

Junko Takeda
Syracuse University


H-France Salon
Volume 10 (2018), Issue 11, #3
Recommendations from the Teaching Trenches: Supporting Graduate Students and Junior Scholars in Old Regime, Enlightenment, and Revolutionary French Studies

Laura Talamante
California State University, Dominguez Hills

H-France Salon


H-France Salon
Volume 10 (2018), Issue 11, #4
On the Tallahassee Report

Julia M. Gossard
Utah State University


H-France Salon
Volume 10 (2018), Issue 11, #5
Plus ça change

Lynn Hunt


H-France Salon
Volume 10 (2018), Issue 11, #6
On the Tallahassee Report:
Is It Time for Re-Specialization?

J.P. Daughton
Stanford University


H-France Salon
Volume 10 (2018), Issue 11, #7
Enjamber l’Atlantique. Réflexions sur le Tallahassee Report

François-Joseph Ruggiu
Sorbonne Université & CNRS



H-France Salon
Vol. 10 (2018), Issue 1

Le Cas '68
As part of its recognition of the 50th anniversary of May '68, H-France Salon has teamed up with students in Chris Reynolds’ course on May '68 at Nottingham Trent University to produce a historical blog of those dramatic months. These blog entries address many of the key events and people that marked the spring of 1968 and provide both descriptions of various issues and people and links to more detailed information. The blog begins on 22 March and then picks up again on 3 May charting pivotal moments of these seminal events. There will be a total of 12 blog entries which will be published during these months. We encourage you to share these blogs with your students and with anyone interested in learning more about Le Cas '68 in France.



Home - May 68

22 March

3 May

10 May

13 May

14 May

24 May

27 May

29 May

30 May

10 June

14 June

23 June


Special thanks to Dr Agathe Zobenbuller for all her work in supporting the students on this project.


H-France Salon
Volume 9 (2017), Issue 18, #1-8


In Honor and Memory of Rachel Ginnis Fuchs:
Scholar, Teacher, Colleague, Mentor, and Friend

Editor: Jean Elisabeth Pedersen, University of Rochester


#1  Introduction, by Jean Elisabeth Pedersen, University of Rochester


#2  Colleague, Scholar, Mentor, and Friend: A Memorial Roundtable Honoring the Life and Work of Rachel Ginnis Fuchs

Recorded during the Society for French Historical Studies 63rd Annual Conference, 22 April 2017

Organizer:  Cheryl Koos, California State University, Los Angeles
Chair:  Elinor A. Accampo, University of Southern California
     Linda Clark, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
     Venita Datta, Wellesley College
     Victoria Thompson, Arizona State University
     Richard Hopkins, Widener University
     Joelle Neulander, The Citadel
     Katie Jarvis, University of Notre Dame


#3  Une histoire d’enfants trouvés
Christiane Demeulenaere-Douyère, Conservateur général du patrimoine (h), Paris


#4  On Rereading Abandoned Children: Foundlings and Child Welfare in Nineteenth-Century France
Sylvia Schafer, University of Connecticut


#5  More to Offer: Rachel Fuchs and Poor and Pregnant in Paris
Leslie Page Moch, Michigan State University


#6  Producing Gender and the Politics of Social Reform with Rachel Fuchs: A Model for Co-Authorship, Collaboration, and Friendship
Mary Lynn Stewart, Simon Fraser University, and Elinor Accampo, University of Southern California


#7  Gendering Family History in Modern France: An Assessment of Rachel G. Fuchs’s Scholarly Contributions
Robert A. Nye, Oregon State University
#8  Remembering Rachel Fuchs: Transnational mentor and co-editor par excellence
Anne R. Epstein, Independent Scholar 

H-France Salon

Volume 9 (2017), Issue 17,

Experiencing May '68 in France

Editor: Chris Reynolds, Nottingham Trent University

Assistant Editor: David Kammerling Smith, Eastern Illinois University

A Salon in 40 parts


As the 50th anniversary of May-June 1968 approaches, one can safely predict a continuation in the now traditional outpouring of interest that has been so important in helping shape the French collective memory of these seminal events. The anticipated commemorative surge will underscore the ongoing and durable legacy of“mai 68” as a watershed moment in the political, social, and cultural development of France as well as highlighting just how much debate remains over how 1968 should be understood and remembered. Central to shaping this narrative will be the experiences of those who were present at the time and whose stories of their diverse experiences go a long way to helping make sense of why 1968 remains such a focus of fascination 50 years later.


H-France has been developing several issues of H-France Salon on those events as its contribution to the decennial commemoration. We are delighted to share the first of these with you today.


Between fall 2016 and spring 2017, Chris Reynolds interviewed 22 academics from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France who experienced May-June 1968 in France. We present these interviews to you in two formats.  


First, we have created 18 thematic videos focused on important themes in debates around the events of 1968. We hope that many of you might find these thematic videos useful for teaching modules or seminars on 1968.  


Second, the full interviews with individual scholars are available as these might be of particular interest to scholars researching May 1968 and to those studying its continuing memory.    


Thematic Videos

Why in France?
How Involved?
A Foreigner in France?
Students and Workers
La Prise de Parole
International Zeitgeist
10  The Political Elites
11  Relief or Disappointment?
12  Back Home?
13  Consequences for France
14  Understanding of France?
15  Effects, Personal and Political
16  Effect on Scholarship
17  The Dominant Interpretation
18  Summary


Individual Videos
19  Carolyn A. Durham, The College of Wooster
20  Eric Freedman, Benjamin Cardozo Law School
21  William Kidd, University of Stirling
22  Alain Viala, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
23  Rosemary Lloyd, Indiana University
24  Timothy Tackett, University of California, Irvine
25  Marie-Elisabeth Deroches-Miles, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne
26  Jim Freedman, Western University
27  Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University
28  Bernard Roussel, l'École Practique des Hautes Études
29  Dennis Wood, University of Birmingham
30  John Hurt, University of Delaware
31  Gillian Thompson, University of New Brunswick
32  Donald Sutherland, University of Maryland
33  Yves Montenay, Président de l'Institut Culture Economie et Géopolitique
34  Mike Kelly, University of Southampton
35  Paul Werner, Ph.d., DSFS, Editor WOID and Publisher, The Orange Press
36  Mary Anne O'Neil, Whitman College
37  Willem Frijhoff, Université Érasme de Rotterdam
38  John Molyneux, Editor, Irish Marxist Review
39  Martin Staum, University of Calgary
40  Eileen Tilly, Bangor University



H-France Salon
Volume 9 (2017), Issue 15

In Memoriam: William Humphrey Beik, 1941-2017


H-France Salon
Volume 9 (2017), Issue 14

The Social History of Impressionism


Introduction to "Questionnaire on Impressionism and the Social History of Art”
Alexis Clark, Washington University in St. Louis, and David Peters Corbett, The Courtauld Institute of Art


Responses to "Questionnaire on Impressionism and the Social History of Art"

“‘Local Color’: Social Art History, Global Impressionism, and Comparative Interpretation,” Emily C. Burns, Auburn University

“Impressionism: A Procrustean Bed?” Hollis Clayson, Northwestern University

“Peripheral Impressionisms,” Frances Fowle, University of Edinburgh

“Impressionist Futures,” Anna Gruetzner Robins, University of Reading

“Is Impressionism History?” Laura Anne Kalba, Smith College  
“The Positive and the Negative," Richard Kendall, Independent curator and art historian

“Moving Beyond ‘Post T. J. Clark Ad-Hocism,’” Morna O’Neill,  Wake Forest University

“‘A millionaire who paints in his spare time’. The social history of art and the multiple rediscoveries of Gustave Caillebotte,” Samuel Raybone, Courtauld Institute of Art

“Social Art History, A Thing of the Past?” Harmon Siegel, Harvard University

“On the Limits of Context,” Marnin Young, Yeshiva University


Teaching the Social History of Art,  Alexis Clark, Washington University in St. Louis


The Social History of Impressionism:  A Conversation (video)

Hosted by Alexis Clark, with Frances Fowler, University of Edinburgh, and Marnin Young, Yeshiva University


H-France Salon, Vol. 9, Issue 12

In Memoriam: Roger L. Williams, 1923-2017
by John F. Freeman, Laramie, Wyoming


H-France Salon, Volume 8 (2016), Issue 12
The Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution Française:  Changing Time
Edited by Stephen Sawyer, American University of Paris


The Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution Française (IHRF) is an organization that has long played a central role welcoming Anglophone scholars into the French academic world.  The IHRF, however, currently is undergoing significant institutional changes.  H-France has taken this moment in the IHRF's history to prepare a salon, edited by Stephen Sawyer, in which four scholars reflect upon their experiences with the IHRF.  While there are many conflicting views on the changes the IHRF faces, we hope these pieces will highlight the important role the IHRF has served as an academic and intellectual center.  


The salon begins with a brief introduction:

Stephen Sawyer, "'My IHRF':  Thoughts from Across the Pond"


The salon then continues with four essays:

Jeremy Popkin, University of Kentucky, "The Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution Française in World-Historical Perspective"


Jennifer Ngaire Heuer, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "My IHRF:  From the Bicentennaire to the 21st Century"

David A. Bell, Princeton University, "My IHRF"

Timothy Tackett, University of California, Irvine, "L’Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution Française"




H-France Salon, vol. 8 (2016), Issue 1

David Bien: In Memorian


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, 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 (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 6, Issue 10

The Eighteenth Century According to Jeffrey Merrick
     Victoria Thompson, Arizona State University
Same-Sex Sexuality according to Jeffrey Merrick
     Bryant T. Ragan, The Colorado College
The Family in the Old Regime, According to Jeffrey Merrick
     Suzanne Desan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jeffrey Merrick and Political Culture
     Mita Choudhury, Vassar College, 
Interview with Jeffrey Merrick
     Victoria Thompson, Arizona State University   


H-France Salon, Volume 4, Issue 1

Resistance and Order in Early Modern France

Introduction, Michael Breen, Reed College.

"Resistance and Order in Early Modern France," James Collins, Georgetown University.