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 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.