History on the Margins

History on the Margins

People and Places in the Emergence of Modern France

John Merriman

246 pages
Index

Paperback

December 2018

978-0-8032-9589-6

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About the Book

In his distinguished career as a historian of modern France, John Merriman has published ten books and scores of scholarly articles. This volume collects some of his most notable and significant explorations of French history and culture.

In a wide-ranging introduction Merriman reflects on his decades of research and on his life, lived increasingly in France. At the beginning of his career he was determined to be not a narrow specialist but a historian who engaged with all the regions of France. So he set himself the goal of doing archival research in every single département of the country. A permanent resident of the small village of Balazuc in the Ardèche for more than twenty-five years, he laments what he sees as the over-professionalization of history at the expense of passion for one’s field. Yet Merriman is no cranky, tweed-bound scholar. Beloved by generations of historians of France, many of whom he has mentored (both as a graduate advisor and more informally), Merriman offers reflections on his life in history that will be of interest to a broad audience of historians.

Author Bio

John Merriman is the Charles Seymour Professor of History at Yale University. He has written and edited many works on French and European history, including, most recently, Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits: The Crime Spree that Gripped Belle Époque ParisMassacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune; and The Dynamite Club: How a Bombing in Fin-de-Siècle Paris Ignited the Age of Modern Terror. Merriman won the 2017 American Historical Association’s Award for Scholarly Distinction for lifetime achievement.
 

Praise

“This beautiful collection charts John Merriman’s trajectory from graduate student to one of our finest historians. Merriman’s brilliant autobiographical reflection is both evocative and hilarious, and imbued with his conviction that the best social history is infused with first-hand, subtle familiarity with place and culture.”—Peter McPhee, emeritus professor and former provost of the University of Melbourne

 

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments 
Introduction
1. The Demoiselles of the Ariège, 1829–1831
2. The Norman Fires of 1830: Incendiaries and Fear in Rural France
3. Incident at the Statue of the Virgin Mary: The Conflict of Old and New in Nineteenth-Century Limoges
4. The Language of Social Stigmatization and Urban Space in Nineteenth-Century France
5. On the Loose: The Impact of Rumors and Mouchards in the Ardèche during the Second Republic
6. Some Observations on the Transition to the Euro in France
7. I Went Up to Amiens Today: A Tribute to Charles Tilly
Source Acknowledgments
Notes

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