Between France and America: Historiographical Dialogues

Event date: 
March 5, 2016 (All day)
Co-Sponsored by: 
Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Between France and America: Historiographical Dialogues
Saturday, March 5
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
211 Dickinson Hall

This workshop is open to the public. To attend, RSVP to Jennifer Loessy at

The first of two day-long workshops on the theme of "French-American Dialogues in History," this workshop will bring together leading French and American historians to discuss the way two important and contentious moments in French history-the Revolution of 1789 and the Vichy Era-have been treated in the two countries. The workshop will feature two panels: one in the morning on the Revolution of 1789, and one in the afternoon on Vichy.

The workshops are being held due to generous support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Princeton's Department of History, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), and the École des Hautes Études. This workshop is organized by David A. Bell and Philip Nord.

Schedule of Events

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.: Opening Remarks

David Bell, Princeton University

Philip Nord, Princeton University

9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Panel One

Dan Edelstein, Stanford University
“Natural Law and Human Rights in the American and French Revolutions”

Jean-Luc Chappey, Université de Paris I
“Questions sur la ‘république des meilleurs.’ Débats et historiographies entre France et États-Unis.”

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Panel Two

Timothy Tackett, University of California, Irvine
“François Furet, Michel Vovelle, and the American Historiography of the French Revolution: A Personal Perspective”

Pierre Serna, Université de Paris I
“Historiographie des Révolutions du XVIIIe siècle entre France et Amérique : ‘je t’aime, moi non plus!’”

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Panel Three

Julian Jackson, University of London, Queen Mary
“1940: The End of France”

Claire Andrieu, Sciences Po
“The French Resistance: An Evolving Archetype”

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Break

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Panel Four

Claire Zalc, CNRS-École Normale Supérieure
“Vichy à la loupe: les apports des approches microhistoriques de la Second guerre mondiale en France”

Robert Paxton, Columbia University
“Vichy and the Jews:  Second Edition, Second Thoughts?”

4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Concluding Discussion

5:30 p.m. - Reception
Location: 136 Dickinson Hall


Area of Interest: 
United States
17th & 18th Centuries
20th Century