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 webinars have been a part of the Salon. For instructions on how to participate in future webinars, click here.
H-France Webinar: Environmental History: An Introduction
H-France's spring webinar occurred on 9 April 2014. It can be viewed here
Webinar Leader: Michael Bess, Vanderbilt University
Sara B. Pritchard, Cornell University
David Blackbourn, Vanderbilt University
Webinar Moderator: Darrin McMahon, Florida State University.
Webinar: Emotions in History, An Introduction.
H-France's fall webinar took place on 4 November 2013. It can be viewed here
Webinar Leader: William Reddy, Duke University
Barbara Rosenwein, Loyola University of Chicago
Thomas Dodman, Boston College
Piroska Nagy, Université du Québec à Montréal
Webinar Moderator and Organizer: Darrin McMahon, Florida State University
Note: The audio quality improves after about 1 minute.
Webinar: "Writing the History of Empire: Past Approaches, New Perspectives."
H-France's spring webinar occurred on 18 April 2013.
It can be viewed here
Webinar Leader: Eric Jennings, University of Toronto
Co-Participants: Alice Conklin, The Ohio State University, and Laurent Dubois, Duke University.
Moderator: Charles Walton, Yale University
Webinar Reading List:
Gregory Mann, "What was the Indigénat? The Empire of Law in French West Africa"
Clifford Rosenberg, ""The International Politics of Vaccine Testing in Interwar Algiers,"
Alice Conklin, “Boundaries Unbound: Teaching French History as Colonial History, and Colonial History as French History,”
The Chapter "Caribbean France" in Laurent Dubois' Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France
The fall webinar took place on 4 October 2012. It can now be viewed here
Mack Holt, George Mason University, led the webinar. Charles Walton, Yale University, moderated.
(1) Natalie Z. Davis, "The Rites of Violence: Religious Riot in Sixteenth-Century France, Past & Present 59 (1973): 51-91.
(2) Barbara B. Diefendorf, "Rites of Repair: Restoring Community in the French religious Wars," in G. Murdock, P. Roberts, and A. Spicer, eds., Ritual and Violence: Natalie Zemon Davis and Early Modern France (Oxford University Press, 2012), Past & Present Supplement no. 7, pp. 30-51.
(3) Penny Roberts, "Peace, Ritual, and Sexual Violence during the Religious Wars," in G. Murdock, P. Roberts, and A. Spicer, eds., Ritual and Violence: Natalie Zemon Davis and Early Modern France (Oxford University Press, 2012), Past & Present Supplement no. 7, pp. 75-99.
(4) Keith Luria, Sacred Boundaries: Religious Coexistence and Conflict in Early Modern France (Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2005), pp. xiii-xxxviii and 1-46 (introduction and chap. 1).
Questions to consider while reading these materials:
1. Was it possible to purify a community of pollution without violence in sixteenth-century France? And if so, how?
2. Why did violence break out in some confessionally divided communities but not in others?
3. Once violence broke out in a community, what strategies worked best to de-escalate the violence, or even end it altogether?
4. Was religious toleration possible in early modern France? Or is the best that could be hoped for simply a non-violent, yet uneasy co-existence?
5. What roles did the monarchy, the rival churches, and local communities play in promoting confessional conflict or coexistence?
"The Age of Revolutions in Global Context"
October 6, 2011
Guest Presenter: Lynn Hunt, UCLA
Organizer and Moderator: Charles Walton, Yale University
Edited by David Kammerling Smith, Eastern Illinois University
Video available HERE
Lynn Hunt, "The French Revolution in Global Context," in David Armitage and Sanjay Subrahmanyam (eds.), The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Suzanne Desan, "Transatlantic Spaces of Revolution: The French Revolution, Sciotomanie, and American Lands," Journal of Early Modern History 12 (2008), pp. 467-505.
William Max Nelson, "Making Men: Enlightenment Ideas of Racial Engineering," American Historical Review 115 (December 2010): 1364-1394.