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Welcome to The Society for the Study of French History.

Welcome to the UK Society for the Study of French History. Our mission is to promote the study and understanding of the history of France and the Francophone world in the UK and Ireland. We are a registered charity, run by volunteers – mainly academics from institutions of higher education. We foster close and regular collaboration with historians of France elsewhere in the world, and most especially in France.

We seek to place the history of France in its broadest global context. We welcome the engagement of all who are interested in the history of France, amateurs, professionals... and simply francophone enthusiasts. We particularly appreciate the involvement of UK and Irish teachers and secondary school students.

Membership of the Society carries the automatic benefits of subscription to the society journal, French History. This appears four times a year, and contains almost 600 pages a year of the latest French historical research and a quarterly newsletter featuring the Society’s activities.

It also enables you to apply for the Society’s grants and bursaries and obtain copies of the society’s monograph series ‘Studies on Modern French and Francophone History’ at 35% reduction in published price. Details of how to join are available from here.

Professor David Andress, President.

* SSFH Annual Conference 2019

The SSFH held its 33rd annual conference at the University of Leeds, 8-9th July 2019.

Theme: "Legacies"

Keynote speakers include: Prof Barbara Diefendorf (Boston University, emeritus), Prof Olivette Otele (Bath Spa University), Prof Michelle Zancarini-Fournel (Université Lyon-1, emeritus) and Dr. Bibia Pavard (Université Paris II)

Programme available

* Studies in Modern French History

Monographs series with Manchester University Press. Most recent publications:

Matt Perry Mutinous memories A subjective history of French military protest in 1919 (2019)

Adrian O'Connor In pursuit of politics: Education and revolution in eighteenth-century France (2017)

Claire Eldridge From empire to exile: History and memory within the pied-noir and harki communities, 1962–2012 (2016)


* Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture

You can read a report on the 2019 lecture given by Professor Máire Cross, 'Too hot to handle? Flora Tristan (1803-1844), campaigner for gender equality' here.

* French History Journal

From its inception the Society has been associated with the journal FRENCH HISTORY,an international forum for all approaches to the subject. The editors work closely with an international board of established Historians to develop articles to appeal to the widest academic audience.


* Ralph Gibson Bursary Award

The Ralph Gibson Bursary is an annual award of £3000 made to a fourth year PhD student, to facilitate the completion of a PhD thesis in French history [more...]

* Grants and Bursaries

See Grants and Bursaries page for details of further conference and research grants and bursaries, including NEW Postgraduate conference panel and Visiting Scholar awards.

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