H-France Reviews, Volume 24 (2024)

January/Janvier Reviews

Kim Gladu, Huguette Krief, et Marc André Bernier, dir., La Vertu féminine, de la cour de Sceaux à la guillotine. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2022. 273 pp. €67.00 (hb). ISBN 978-2-406-12583-9; €28.00 (pb). ISBN 978-2-406-12582-2.

Compte-rendu par Anne Debrosse, Université de Poitiers.  
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 1.

Sébastien Douchet, Une réception du Moyen Âge au XVIIe siècle. Lectures et usages des textes médiévaux par les Gallaup de Chasteuil (1575-1719). Paris: Honoré Champion, 2022. 9 unnumbered plates + 753 pp. Plates, notes, and index. €98.00 (pb). ISBN 9782745356918; €98.00 (pdf). ISBN 9782745356925.

Compte-rendu par Florence Bistagne, Avignon Université.  
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 2.

William L. Gibson, Alfred Raquez and the French Experience of the Far East, 1898-1906. London and New York: Routledge, 2021. $170.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9-78-0367702489; $52.95 U.S. (pb). ISBN 9-78-0367702465; $47.65 U.S. (eb). ISBN 9-78-1003145226.

Review by David W. Del Testa, Bucknell University.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 3.

Hilary Bernstein, Historical Communities: Cities, Erudition, and National Identity in Early Modern France. Leiden: Brill, 2021. xi + 435 pp. Notes, references, index. $190.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN 978-90-04-42646-7; $190.00 U.S. (eb). ISBN 978-90-04-42647-4.

Review by Allan Potofsky, Université Paris Cité.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 4.

Stéphane Gal, ed., Des chevaliers dans la montagne. Corps en armes et corps en marche 1515-2019. Grenoble: UGA Éditions, 2021. 218 pp. €22.00. (pb). ISBN 9-78-2377472901; €11.99. (eb). ISBN: 9782377473281.

Review by Emanuele Sica, Royal Military College of Canada.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 5.

Marc Olivier Baruch, ed., Vichy et les préfets: Le corps préfectoral français pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Paris: La Documentation française, 2021. 327 pp. Notes and index. €19.00 (pb). ISBN : 9782111456730. €10.99 (eb). ISBN 9782111574298.

Review by Clifford Rosenberg, City College of New York, CUNY.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 6.

Justine Firnhaber-Baker, The Jacquerie of 1358: A French Peasants’ Revolt. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021. xxii + 307 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliography, and index. $105.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9780198856412; $41.99 U.S. (pb). ISBN 9780198860310.

Review by Jillian M. Bjerke, McDaniel College.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 7.

Stéphanie Sauget, Le cercueil de verre du Père-Lachaise. Paris: CNRS Editions, 2023. 336 pp. Bibliography and appendices. $41.34 U.S. (pb). ISBN 9-78-2271139504.

Review by Mattie Fitch, Marymount University.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 8.

John Hardman, Barnave: The Revolutionary who Lost his Head for Marie-Antoinette. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2023. xv + 394 pp. Notes, references, index, and 24 illustrations. $40.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9780300270846. $40.00 U.S. (eb). ISBN 9780300272185.

Review by Jeremy D. Popkin, University of Kentucky.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 9.

Response by John Hardman, independent scholar.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 10.

Anne E. Linton, Unmaking Sex: The Gender Outlaws of Nineteenth-Century France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. x + 254 pp. Notes, references, and index. $39.99 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9781316511824; $39.99 U.S. (ebook). ISBN 9781009053037. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009053037 (open access).

Review by Sarah Horowitz, Washington and Lee University.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 11.

Anthony Mergey, Michel Pertué and Jean-Paul Pollin, eds., Guillaume-François Le Trosne: Itinéraire d’une figure intellectuelle orléanaise au siècle des Lumières. Le Kremlin-Bicêtre: Éditions Mare & Martin, 2023. 316 pp. Bibliographic references. €33.00 (pb). ISBN 9-78-2849346792.

Review by Stephen Miller, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 12.

Jacob Lachat, Le passé sous les yeux. Chateaubriand et l’écriture de l’histoire. Paris: Vrin/EHESS, 2023. 335 pp. €28.00 (pb). ISBN 978-2-7116-3087-5.

Compte-rendu par Morgane Avellaneda, Université de Franche-Comté.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 13.

Claudie Bernard, Le Passé recomposé. Le roman historique français du XIXe siècle. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2021. 614 pp. €97.00 (hb). ISBN 978-2-406-10638-8; €58.00 (pb). ISBN 978-2-406-10637-1.

Compte-rendu par Julie Moucheron, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (January 2024), No. 14.

February/Février Reviews

Doina Pasca Harsanyi. French Rule in the States of Parma, 1796-1814. Working with Napoleon. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. xiii + 285 pp. Notes, references, indexes. €124.79 (hb). ISBN 9-78-3030973391; €124.79 (pb). ISBN 9-78-3030973421; €96.29 (eb). ISBN 9-78-3030973407.

Review by Alessandro Capone, University of Salerno.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (February 2024), No. 15.

Brigitte Gaïti and Nicolas Mariot, eds., Intellectuels empêchés: Ou comment penser dans l’épreuve. Lyon: ENS Éditions, 2021. 288 pp. Notes, bibliographies. €24.00 (pb). ISBN 9791036203251; €13.99 (pdf). ISBN 97910362032689.

Review by Sean Kennedy, University of New Brunswick.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (February 2024), No. 16.

Thierry Dutour, La France hors la France: L’identité avant la nation XIIe-XVe siècle. Paris: Vendémiaire, 2022. References and index. x + 362 pp. €24.00 (pb). ISBN 9782363583758. 

Review by David Murray, Independent Scholar.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (February 2024), No. 17.

Response by Thierry Dutour, Sorbonne University
H-France Review Vol. 24 (February 2024), No. 18.

Todd W. Reeser. Queer Cinema in Contemporary France: Five Directors Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2022. 330 pp.  Filmographies and index.  £80.00 (U.K.). (hb). ISBN 9-78-1526141064.

Review by Joe Hardwick, University of Queensland.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (February 2024), No. 19.

Régis Coursin, Jacques-Pierre Brissot: Sociologie historique d’une entrée en révolution. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2023. 356 pp. Notes, references, and index. €28.00 (pb). ISBN 9782753587052; €13.99 (epub). ISBN 9782753592025. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/books.pur.192223 (open access).

Review by Damien Tricoire, University of Trier.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (February 2024), No. 20.

Réponse by de Régis Coursin, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (February 2024), No. 21.

Gal Ventura, Hush Little Baby: The Invention of Infant Sleep in Modern France. Montreal & Kingston, London, Chicago: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2023. viii + 16 unnumbered pages of plates + 328 pp. Notes, 65 illustrations, bibliography, and index. $95.00 CAD (hb). ISBN 9780228017295. €82.95 (ebook). ISBN 9780228018384.

Review by Daniela S. Barberis, Shimer Great Books School, North Central College.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (February 2024), No. 22.

Hannah L. Scott, Singing the English: Britain in the French Musical Lowbrow, 1870-1904. New York: Routledge, 2022. 254 pp. 8 b/w illustrations, notes, appendix, and index. $170.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9780367416126; $52.95 U.S. (pb). ISBN 9781032235226; $39.71 U.S. (eb). ISBN 9780367815431.

Review by Paul Watt, The University of Adelaide.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (February 2024), No. 23

Jean-Philippe Martin, Des paysans écologistes: Politique agricole, environnement et société depuis les années 1960. Ceyzérieu: Champ Vallon, 2023. 224 pp. €23.00 (pb). ISBN 9791026711834.

Review by Venus Bivar, Department of History, University of Oxford.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (February 2024), No. 24.

Cheryl Krueger, Perfume on the Page in Nineteenth-Century France. Toronto Buffalo London: University of Toronto Press, 2023. Xvii + 364pp. Notes, bibliography, and index. $95.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9781487546557; $36.95 U.S. (pb). ISBN 9781487546564; $36.95 U.S. (epub). ISBN 9781487546571; $36.95 U.S. (pdf). ISBN 9781487546588.

Review by Anne Green, Professor Emeritus, King’s College London.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (February 2024), No. 25.

March/Mars Reviews

Emily Marker, Black France, White Europe. Youth, Race, and Belonging in the Postwar Era. Ithaca N.Y. and London: Cornell University Press, 2022. xii + 261 pp. Map, notes, bibliography, and index. $39.95 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9-78-1501765605; $26.95 U.S. (pb). ISBN 9-78-1501775888; $25.99 U.S. (eb). ISBN 9-78-1501765612.

Review by Martin Conway, Balliol College, University of Oxford.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (March 2024), No. 26.

Bernard Barbiche, Le Roi et L’État. Regards sur quelques institutions de la France moderne (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle). Paris: École des Chartes, 2021. 388 pp. Notes and index. €50.00 (pb). ISBN 9-78-2357231658.

Review by Julian Swann, Birkbeck College, University of London.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (March 2024), No. 27.

Linda Seidel, Vincent’s Arles: As It Is and as It Was. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2023. xii + 158 pp. Maps, figures, plates, and index. $22.50 U.S. (hb). ISBN 978-0-226-82219-8; $21.99 U.S. (pdf/epub). ISBN 978-0-226-82298-3.

Review by Christa R. DiMarco, University of the Arts.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (March 2024), No. 28.

Steven Nadler, Descartes: The Renewal of Philosophy. London: Reaktion Books, 2023. 288 pp. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, and index. $25.00 U.S. (cl). ISBN 9781789146837; $25.00 U.S. (eb). ISBN 9781789147308.

Review by Stephen Bold, Boston College.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (March 2024), No. 29.

Abdellali Hajjat and Marwan Mohammed, Islamophobia in France: The Construction of the ‘Muslim Problem’. Translated by Steve Garner. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2023. 306 pp. Notes. $114.95 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9-78-082036324-0; $34.95 U.S. (pb). ISBN 9-78-0820363257.

Review by Valérie K. Orlando, University of Maryland.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (March 2024), No. 30.

Jean-Clément Martin, Penser les échecs de la Révolution française. Paris: Tallandier, 2022. 247 pp. Notes and index. €19.90 (pb). ISBN 9791021049093; €13.99 (epub). ISBN 9791021049109.

Review by William Doyle, University of Bristol.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (March 2024), No. 31

Ian Germani, Dying for France:  Experiencing and Representing the Soldier’s Death, 1500-2000. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2023. xiv + 506 pp. Illustrations, footnotes, bibliography, and index. $95.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9780228016359; $76.00 U.S. (eb). ISBN 9780228016366.

Review by Michael J. Hughes, Iona University.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (March 2024), No. 32

Anne-Sophie Anglaret, Au service du Maréchal? La légion française des combattants (1940-1944). Paris: CNRS Éditions, 2023. 332 pp. Bibliography, illustrations, and maps. $39.71 U.S. (pb). ISBN 9782271137234; $19.99 U.S. (eb). ISBN 9782271137234.

Review by Richard J. Golsan, Texas A&M University.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (March 2024), No. 33.

Lesley Smith, Fragments of a World: William of Auvergne and his Medieval Life. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2023. xii + 281 pp. Notes, references, and index. $45.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9780226826189; $44.99 U.S. (eb). ISBN 9780226826196.

Review by Adam J. Davis, Denison University.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (March 2024), No. 34

April/Avril Reviews

Daniel Roche, Pascal Bastien, Frédéric Charbonneau, Vincent Milliot, Philippe Minard, and Michel Porret, eds. Les Lumières minuscules d’un vitrier parisien: souvenirs, chansons et autres textes (1757–1802) de Jacques Louis Ménétra. Chêne Bourg: Georg, 2023. 456 pp. Illust. 30.00 CHF (pb). ISBN 978-2825713082.

Review by Clare Haru Crowston, University of Illinois Urbana Champagne.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (April 2024), No. 35.

Stephen L. Harp, The Riviera, Exposed: An Ecohistory of Postwar Tourism and North African Labour. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2022. xxii + 276 pp. Maps, tables, figures, notes, bibliography, and index. $49.95 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9-78-1501763014; $29.95 U.S. (pb). ISBN 9-78-1501773549; $21.99 U.S. (eb). ISBN 9-78-1501763038.

Review by Andrew Smith, Queen Mary University of London.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (April 2024), No. 36.

Arthur McCalla, Religion and the Post-revolutionary Mind: Idéologues, Catholic Traditionalists, and Liberals in France. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2023. xi + 449 pp. Notes, bibliography, and index. $130.00 CAD (hb) ISBN 9780228016588; $130.00 CAD (eb). ISBN 978022801660, ISBN 9780228016595.

Review by Anthony J. Steinhoff, Université du Québec à Montréal.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (April 2024), No. 37.

Irving Goh, ed., Jean-Luc Nancy among the Philosophers. New York: Fordham University Press, 2023. viii + 218 pp. Notes and index. $125.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN: 9781531501969. $35.00 U.S. (pb). ISBN: 9781531501990.

Review by Paul Earlie, University of Bristol.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (April 2024), No. 38.

Bénédicte Vergez-Chaignon, The Man Who Murdered Admiral Darlan: Vichy, the Allies and the Resistance in French North Africa, trans. Richard Carswell. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2023. 228 pp. Archives, bibliography, suggestions for further reading, acknowledgements, and index. $180.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9-78-1032520988; $49.49 U.S. (eb). ISBN 9-78-1003405207.

Review by Gayle K. Brunelle, Professor Emeritus, California
H-France Review Vol. 24 (April 2024), No. 39.

Megan C. Armstrong, The Holy Land and the Early Modern Reinvention of Catholicism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. xiv + 443pp. Notes, references, and index. $120.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9781108832472; $120.00 U.S. (eb). ISBN 9781108962995; $120.00 U.S. (online). ISBN 9781108957946.

Review by Moshe Sluhovsky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (April 2024), No. 40.

Moraly, Yehuda. Revolution in Paradise: Veiled Representations of Jewish Characters in the Cinema of Occupied France. Translated by Gila Kessous. Edited by Rona May-Ron. Sussex Academic Press, 2020. xiii + 276 pp. Notes, references, filmography, index. $60.00 (hb). ISBN 978-1-84519-719-3.

Review by Abigail E. Lewis, University of Notre Dame.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (April 2024), No. 41.

Jonathan A. Ribner, Loss in French Romantic Art, Literature, and Politics. New York: Routledge, 2023. xvi + 261 pp. 32 color and 57 black-and-white illustrations. $170.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN 978-1-032-02703-6; $52.95 (pb). ISBN 978-1-032-02704-3; doi.org/10.4324/9781003184737 (open access). ISBN 978-1-003-18473-7.

Review by Katie Hornstein, Dartmouth College.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (April 2024), No. 42.

Claudie Bernard, Si l’Histoire m’était contée . . . : Le roman historique de Vigny à Rosny aîné. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2021. 373 pp. Notes, references, and index. €39.00 (pb). ISBN 9782406121862.

Review by Victoria Baena, University of Cambridge.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (April 2024), No. 43.

Katharina Fritsch, The Diaspora of the Comoros in France: Ethnicised Biopolitics and Communitarianisation. New York: Routledge, 2023. x + 226 pp. Illustrations, maps, and index. $144.00 U.S. (hb). ISBN: 9780367627942; $43.99 U.S. (eb). ISBN: 9781003111665.

Review by Melissa K. Byrnes, Southwestern University.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (April 2024), No. 44.

May/Mai Reviews

Melissa Lo, Skepticism’s Pictures: Figuring Descartes’s Natural Philosophy. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2023. 230 pp. $104.95 U.S. (hb). ISBN 978-0-271-09482-3.

Compte-rendu par Stéphane Van Damme, École normale supérieure (ENS).  
H-France Review Vol. 24 (May 2024), No. 45.

Bridget Alsdorf, Gawkers: Art and Audience in Late Nineteenth-Century France. Princeton, NJ and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2022. 296 pp. Illustrations, notes, and index. $63.00 U.S./£52.00 (hb). ISBN 9780691166384.

Review by Samuel Raybone, Aberystwyth University.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (May 2024), No. 46.

Gilles Chazal and Françoise Marquet-Zao. Zao Wou-Ki: Watercolors and Ceramics. Lewes, U.K.: D. Giles Ltd., 2023. 128 pp. Checklist, bibliography, and index. $44.95 U.S. (hb). ISBN 9781913875282.

Review by Melissa Walt, Colby College.
H-France Review Vol. 24 (May 2024), No. 47.

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