Historiography of Old Regime and Revolutionary France: Graduate Level



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Historiography of Old Regime and Revolutionary France: Graduate Level
Prof. Jeremy L. Caradonna

The State and Society in the Old Regime
William Doyle, ed., Short Oxford History of France: Old Regime France, chs. Intro, 1, 2,

5, 6, 7, 8, and Conclusion

Jim Collins, The State in Early Modern France

Willilam Beik, Absolutism and Society in Seventeenth-Century France

Fanny Cosandey & Robert Descimon, L’absolutisme en France

David Bien, “Offices, Corps and a System of State Credit: The Uses of Privilege under

the Ancien Régime,” pp.89-114 in Keith M. Baker, ed., The Political Culture of the Old Regime

Sharon Kettering, Patrons, Brokers and Clients in Seventeenth-Century France

Marcel Marion, Dictionnaire des Institutions de la France
Two sources that review recent literature on absolutism :

*William Beik, “The Absolutism of Louis XIV as Social Collaboration,” Past & Present 188 (2005): 195-224

*Richard Bonney, “Absolutism: What’s in a Name?” French History vol. 1, no. 1 (1987): 93-117.
The Reign of Louis XIV
Anthony Levi, Louis XIV

Orest Ranum, The Fronde: A French Revolution

Norbert Elias, The Court Society and The History of Manners

Pierre Goubert, Louis XIV and Twenty Million Frenchmen


The Regency and the Rise of Fleury
Colin Jones, The Great Nation, chs. 2, 3

Peter Campbell, Power and Politics in Old Regime France, 1720-1745


The Reign of Louis XV
Thomas E. Kaiser, “Louis le Bien-Aimé and the Rhetoric of the Royal Body,” pp.131-161

in Melzer & Norberg, eds., From the Royal to the Republican Body

Michel Antoine, Louis XV
The Reign of Louis XVI
Jean-François Chappe, Louis XVI

John Hardman, Louis XVI

Joël Félix, Louis XVI et Marie-Antoinette : un couple en politique

Lynn Hunt, “The Many Bodies of Marie-Antoinette: Political Pornography and the

Proglem of the Feminine in the French Revolution,” pp.108-130 in Hunt, ed., Eroticism and the Body Politic

Political Culture of the Old Regime
Keith Baker, Inventing the French Revolution

Jeffrey Merrick, The Desacralization of the French Monarchy in the 18th Century

Paul Friedland, Political Actors: Representative Bodies and Theatricality in the Age of

the French Revolution

Durand Echeverria, The Maupeou Revolution

Steven L. Kaplan, Bread, Politics and Political Economy in the Reign of Louis XV

Sarah Maza, Private Lives and Public Affairs: The Causes Célèbres of Prerevolutionary



France

Sarah Maza, “The Diamond Necklace Affair Revisited (1785-6): The Case of the Missing

Queen,” pp.63-89 in Hunt, ed., Eroticism and the Body Politic
France Overseas (Pre-1800)
Pierre H. Boulle & D. Gillian Thompson, “France Overseas,” pp.105-138 in William

Doyle, ed., Short Oxford History of France: Old Regime France

Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution

James Axtell, The Invasion Within

Richard White, The Middle Ground

Louise Dechêne, Habitants and Merchants in Seventeenth-Century Montreal


Peasants, Families, and Rural Life in the Old Regime
James Traer, Marriage and the Family in Eighteenth-Century France

Jean-Louis Flandrin, Families in Former Times: Kinship, Household and Sexuality in



Early Modern France

Philip Hoffman, Growth in a Traditional Society: The French Countryside, 1450-1815

Olwen Hufton, The Poor of Eighteenth-Century France
The Culture of Enlightenment
Roger Chartier, The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution

Robert Darnton, The Literary Underground of the Old Regime

Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre

Robert Darnton, The Business of Enlightenment

Jonathan Israel, Radical Enlightenment

Margaret Jacob, Living the Enlightenment

Carla Hesse, The Other Enlightenment: How French women Became Modern

Jürgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

James Van Horn Melton, The Rise of the Public in Enlightenment Europe

Jeremy L. Caradonna, “Prendre part au siècle des Lumières…” Annales. Histoire,



Sciences sociales, vol.64 (mai-juin 2009), n.3, 633-662.
The Salons of the Old Regime
Dena Goodman, The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment

Antoine Lilti, “Sociability and Mondanité: Men of Letters in the Parisian Salons of the

Eighteenth Century,” pp.1-25 [My translation of “Sociabilité et mondanité…” in French Historical Studies; ask me for a copy]

Antoine Lilti, Le monde des salons


Life in Paris
Orest Ranum, Paris in the Age of Absolutism

Colin Jones, Paris: Biography of a City

David Garrioch, The Making of Revolutionary Paris

Daniel Roche, The People of Paris

Daniel Roche, La ville promise: mobilité et accueil à Paris (fin XVIIe – debut XIX siècle)

Alain Corbin, The Foul and the Fragrant


Religious Controversies and Politics in the Old Regime
Dale K. Van Kley, The Religious Origins of the French Revolution

Catherine Maire, De la cause de Dieu à la cause de la nation

Dale K. Van Kley, The Jansenists and the Expulsion of the Jesuits from France, 1757-

1765
Nationalism and National Identity
David A. Bell, The Cult of the Nation in France

Jay Smith, Nobility Reimagined

Peter Sahlins, Unnaturally French: Foreign Citizens in the Old Regime and After

Vincent Denis, Une histoire de l’identité

Hanna Sonkajärvi, Qu'est-ce qu'un étranger ? Frontières et identifications à

Strasbourg(1681-1789)
Short-Term Causes of the French Revolution
Jean Egret, The French Pre-Revolution, 1787-1788

William Doyle, Origins of the French Revolution


The Many Long-Term Origins of the French Revolution
Overview:

Peter Campbell, “Introduction: The Origins of the French Revolution in Focus,” pp.1-34

in Campbell, ed., The Origins of the French Revolution

William Doyle, Origins of the French Revolution, pp.7-40


Social:

Colin Lucas, “Nobles, Bourgeois, and the Origins of the French Revolution,” found in

several locations, including on-line in Gary Kates, ed., The French Revolution:

Recent Debates and New Controversies

George V. Taylor, “Noncapitalist Wealth and the Origins of the French Revolution,”

AHR (1967), found on JSTOR

Colin Jones, “Bourgeois Revolution Revivified: 1789 and Social Change,” pp.69-118 in

Colin Lucas, ed., Rewriting the French Revolution

Sarah Maza, The Myth of the French Bourgeoisie

David A. Bell, “Class, Consciousness, and the Fall of the Bourgeois Revolution,” pp.323-

351, in Critical Review, nos. 2-3 (2004)


Political:

Alexis de Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the French Revolution

Keith M. Baker, Inventing the French Revolution

Sarah Maza, “Politics, Culture and the Origins of the French Revolution,” pp.100-117 in

Peter Jones, ed., The French Revolution in Social and Political Perspective
Cultural:

Roger Chartier, The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution

Robert Darnton, The Literary Underground of the Old Regime, ch.1

William Scott, “From Social to Cultural History,” pp.112-138 in P. Campbell, ed., The



Origins of the French Revolution
Intellectual:

Marisa Linton, “The Intellectual Origins of the French Revolution,” in P. Campbell, ed.,



The Origins of the French Revolution
Religious:

Dale K. Van Kley, The Religious Origins of the French Revolution

Dale K. van Kley, “The Religious Origins of the French Revolution, 1560-1791,” in

P. Campbell, ed., The Origins of the French Revolution


Overviews of the French Revolution
William Doyle, Oxford History of the French Revolution

Colin Jones, Longman Companion to the French Revolution

Donald Sutherland, The French Revolution and Empire

J.M. Thompson, The French Revolution


The Political Culture of the French Revolution
François Furet, Interpreting the French Revolution

Mona Ozouf, L’homme régénéré

Keith M. Baker, et. al., eds., The French Revolution and the Creation of Modern Political

Culture

Lynn Hunt, Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution

Lynn Hunt, The Family Romance of the French Revolution

Mona Ozouf, Festivals and the French Revolution

Timothy Tackett, Becoming a Revolutionary

Jon Cowans, To Speak for the People: Public Opinion and the Problem of Legitimacy in



the French Revolution

Jeremy Popkin, Revolutionary News: The Press in France, 1789-1799

Furet & Ozouf, eds., A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution

Sophie Rosenfeld, A Revolution in Language


The Sans-Culottes, Crowds, Labor Movements, and Popular Radicalism
Albert Soboul, Les sans-culottes parisiens en l’an II

Richard Mowery Andrews, “Social Structure, Political Elites and Ideology in

Revolutionary Paris, 1792-1793: A Critical Evaluation of Albert Soboul’s Les sans-culottes parisiens en l’an II,” Journal of Social History, v.19 (1985): 71-112

Georges Lefebvre, The Coming of the French Revolution

William Sewell, Work and Revolution in France: The Language of Labor from the Old

Regime to 1848

Michael Sonenscher, “The Sans-culottes of the Year II, Social History, v.9 (1984): 301-

328

George Rudé, The Crowd in History: A Study of Popular Disturbances in France and



England, 1730-1848

David Andress, “‘A Ferocious and Misled Multitude’: Elite Perceptions of Popular

Action from Rousseau to Robespierre,” pp.169-186 in Enlightenment and Revolution: Essays in honour of Norman Hampson, ed. M. Crook, A. Forrest and W. Doyle

Lynn Hunt, Warren Roberts, Jack Censer, Vivian p. Cameron, etc., “Imaging the French

Revolution: Depictions of the French Revolutionary Crowd,” series of essays on-line at http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/imaging/home.html

Richard Cobb, The French and Their Revolution, chs.5, 9

Jean Nicolas, La rébellion française (discusses collective violence in the 17th and 18th

centuries)

David Andress, Massacre at the Champ de Mars

Applewhite, Levy, Johnson, eds., Women in Revolutionary Paris, 1789-1795


Art, Political Imagery, and the French Revolution
Warren Roberts, Jacques-Louis David, Revolutionary Artist: Art, Politics, and the French

Revolution

Joan Landes, Visualizing the Nation

Antoine de Baecque, The Body Politic: Corporeal Metaphor in Revolutionary France,

1770-1800
War and the French Revolution
Timothy Blanning, The French Revolutionary Wars, 1787-1802

David A. Bell, The First Total War

Jean-Paul Bertaud, The Army of the French Revolution

Jean-Clément Martin, La Vendée et la France


Political Institutions and Clubs during the Revolution
Timothy Tackett, Becoming a Revolutionary: The Deputies of the French National

Assembly and the Emergence of a Revolutionary Culture (1789-1790)

C.J. Michell, The French Legislative Assembly of 1791

Alison Patrick, The Men of the First French Republic: Political Alignments in the

National Convention of 1792

Michael Sydenham, The Girdondins

Gary Kates, The Cercle Social, The Girondins, and the French Revolution

Michael L. Kennedy, The Jacobin Clubs in the French Revolution, 3 vols.

Patrice Higonnet, Goodness Beyond Virtue: Jacobins during the French Revolution
Gender and the French Revolution
Joan Scott, Only Paradoxes to Offer

Suzanne Desan, The Family on Trial in Revolutionary France

Joan Landes, Women and the Public Sphere in the Age of Revolution

Dominique Godineau, The Women of Paris and Their French Revolution

Olwen Hufton, Women and the Limits of Citizenship in the French Revolution

Carla Hesse, The Other Enlightenment

Jennifer Heuer, The Family and the Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary

France, 1789–1830
Some Sources on Women in the French Revolution
Melzer & Rabine, eds., Rebel Daughters: Women and the French Revolution

Applewhite, Levy, Johnson, eds., Women in Revolutionary Paris, 1789-1795

M. Gutwirth, Twilight of the Goddesses

Lynn Hunt, ed., Eroticism and the Body Politic


The French Counter-Revolution
Jacques Godechot, The Counter-Revolution

Timothy Tackett, Religion, Revolution, and Regional Culture in Eighteenth-Century



France: The Ecclesiastical Oath of 1791

Jean-Clément Martin, Révolution et contre-révolution

Richard Cobb, The French and Their Revolution, chs.6,7

Olwen Hufton, “In Search of Counter-Revolutionary Women,” pp.91-130 in Women and



the Limits of Citizenship in the French Revolution
The Terror
R.R. Palmer, The Twelve Who Ruled

David P. Jordan, The Revolutionary Career of Maximilien Robespierre

David Andress, The Terror

Jean-Clément Martin, La Vendée et la France

Michel Vovelle, The Revolution Against the Church: From Reason to Supreme Being

Patrice Gueniffey, La politique de la terreur: Essai sur la violence révolutionnaire, 1789-



1794

Michel Biard, Missionaires de la République


Ending the Terror
Bronisaw Baczko, Ending the Terror: The French Revolution after Robespierre

Howard Brown, Ending the French Revolution: Violence, Justice, and Repression from



the Terror to Napoleon
The Directory
Donald Sutherland, The French Revolution and Empire, sections on Directory

Georges Lefebvre, The Thermidorians & The Directory; Two Phases of the French



Revolution

Howard Brown, Ending the French Revolution: Violence, Justice, and Repression from



the Terror to Napoleon
Legacies of the French Revolution
Lynn Hunt, Inventing Human Rights

Isser Woloch, The New Regime: Transformations of the French Civic Order, 1789-1820s


Napoleon Bonaparte
Steven Englund, Napoleon: A Political Life

Jean Tulard, Napoléon, ou mythe du saveur

Michael Broers, The Politics of Religion in Napoleonic Italy

Louis Bergeron, France under Napoleon


The Bourbon Restoration
Guillume de Bertier de Sauvigny, The Bourbon Restoration
The Revolution of 1830 and the July Monarchy
H.A.C. Collingham, The July Monarchy: A Political History of France, 1830-1848

Pierre Rosanvallon, Le moment Guizot


The Revolution(s) of 1848, the Coup d’État of 1851, and the Reign of Napoleon III
William Fortescue, France and 1848: The End Of Monarchy

Jonathan Sperber, The European Revolutions, 1848-1851

Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

Philip Mansel, Paris Between Empires: Monarchy and Revolution, 1814-1852

Ted Margadant, French Peasants in Revolt: The Insurrection of 1851

David Baguley, Napoleon III and His Regime: An Extravaganza

Sudhir Hazareesingh, From Subject to Citizen: The Second Empire and the Emergence of

Modern French Democracy

Maurice Agulhon, The Republican Experiment, 1848-1852

Phil Nord, The Republican moment: Struggles for Democracy in Nineteenth-Century

France

David Jordan, Transforming Paris: The Life and Labors of Baron Haussmann


Other Sources on Nineteenth-Century France
Joan W. Scott, The Glassworkers of Carmaux

Joan W. Scott, Only Paradoxes to Offer

Eugene Weber, Peasants into Frenchmen

Alexis de Tocqueville, Recollections

Paul Cocoran, ed., Before Marx: Socialism and Communism in France, 1830-1848

Louis Chevalier, Laboring Classes and Dangerous Classes

John Merriman, The Red City: Limoges and the French Nineteenth Century

Judith G. Coffin, The Politics of Women’s Work: The Paris Garment Trades, 1750-1915

Jacques Ranciere, The Nights of Labor: The Workers' Dream in Nineteenth-Century

France

Jonathan Beecher, Victor Considerant and the Rise and Fall of French Romantic



Socialism

Michelle Perrot, “On the Formation of the French Working Class,” and Alain Cottereau,

“The Distinctiveness of Working-Class Cultures in France, 1848-1900,” in Ira Katznelson and Aristide R. Zolberg, eds, Working-Class Formation: Nineteenth-Century Patterns in Western Europe and the United States

Laura S. Strumingher, Women and the Making of the Working Class, Lyon 1830-1870


Sources on the French Empire of the Nineteenth Century
Jennifer Sessions, Reinventing Empire: Colonialism and Political Culture in Nineteenth-

Century France and Algeria
Martin S. Staum, Labeling People: French Scholars on Society, Race, and Empire, 1815-

1848

David Prochaska, Making Algeria French: Colonialism in Bne, 1870-1920

C.-R. Ageron, Histoire de l'Algerie contemporaine, v. 1

Pierre Montagnon, La conquete de l’Algerie

Todd Porterfield, The Allure of Empire

Benjamin Stora, Algeria, 1830-2000: A Short History

John Ruedy, Modern Algeria
Julia Clancy-Smith, Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial

Encounters (Algeria and Tunisia, 1800-1904)

Edward Said, Orientalism



The Paris Commune
Steward Edwards, Paris Commune 1871

Robert Tombs, The Paris Commune 1871

Martin P. Johnson, The Paradise of Association: Political Culture and Popular

Organizations in the Paris Commune of 1871

Alistair Horne, The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the Commune, 1870-71

David A. Shafer, The Paris Commune

Carolyn J. Eichner, Surmounting the Barricades: Women in the Paris Commune


Gay Gullickson, The Unruly Women of Paris: Images of the Commune

* Note that S.F. Burrows at Leeds has compiled an excellent bibliography on the French Revolution, including primary sources in translation. http://lib5.leeds.ac.uk/rlists/history/hist3680.htm


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