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Studies in Modern French and Francophone History Monograph Series

This series is published in collaboration with the Society for the Study of French History (UK) and the French Colonial Historical Society. It aims to showcase innovative monographs and edited collections on the history of France, its colonies and imperial undertakings, and the francophone world more generally since c. 1750. Authors demonstrate how sources and interpretations are being opened to historical investigation in new and interesting ways, and how unfamiliar subjects have the capacity to tell us more about France and the French colonial empire, their relationships in the world, and their legacies in the present. The series is particularly receptive to studies that break down traditional boundaries and conventional disciplinary divisions.

Series editors: Professor Máire Cross, University of Newcastle (, Professor David Hopkin, University of Oxford ( and Professor Jennifer Sessions, University of Virginia ( Commencing 2022: Dr Julie Kalman, Monash University; Dr Jessica Wardhaugh, University of Warwick.

The Series includes:-

Keith Rathbone Sport and physical culture in Occupied France: Authoritarianism, agency, and everyday life (2022) [MUP Site]

Sport and physical culture in Occupied France examines the Vichy state's attempts to promote physical education and sports in order to rejuvenate French men and women during the Occupation. Through this cultural lens, it illuminates the central paradox of state power during the Vichy Regime. The state organised a centralised physical cultural programme meant to control and discipline French men and women. However, these activities instead empowered individuals and sporting associations to create spaces for individual expression, protect entrenched business enterprises, preserve republican institutions and organise sites for mutual aid and assistance. Based on extensive archival research, this innovative, multi-city analysis demonstrates how French sporting federations, associations and athletes appropriated Vichy's physical education directives to reshape the ideology of the state and serve their own local agendas.


Richard Bates Psychoanalysis and the family in twentieth-century France:Françoise Dolto and her legacy (2022) [MUP Site]

In the last quarter of the twentieth century, if French people had a parenting problem or dilemma there was one person they consulted above all: Françoise Dolto (1908-88). But who was Dolto? How did she achieve a position of such influence? What ideas did she communicate to the French public? This book connects the story of Dolto's rise to two broader histories: the dramatic growth of psychoanalysis in postwar France and the long-running debate over the family and the proper role of women in society. It shows that Dolto's continued reputation in France as a liberal and enlightened educational thinker is at best only partially deserved and that conservative and anti-feminist ideas often underpinned her prominent public interventions. While Dolto retains the status of a national treasure, her career has had far-reaching and sometimes harmful repercussions for French society, particularly in the treatment of autism.


Anne Byrne Death and the Crown: Ritual and Politics in France before the Revolution (January 2020) [MUP site]

Looking at royal ritual in pre-revolutionary France, Death and the crown examines the deathbed and funeral of Louis XV in 1774, the lit de justice of November 1774, and the coronation of Louis XVI, including the ceremony of the royal healing touch for scrofula. It reviews the state of the field in ritual studies and appraises the status of the monarchy in the 1770s, including the recall of the parlements and the many ways people engaged with royal ritual. It answers questions such as whether Louis XV died in fear of damnation, why Marie Antoinette was not crowned in 1775 and why Louis XVI's coronation was not held in Paris. This lively, accessible text is a useful tool for under- and post-graduate teaching which will also be of interest to specialists on this under-researched period.



Matt Perry (Newcastle University), Mutinous memories A subjective history of French military protest in 1919 (May 2019) [MUP site] Perry Mutinous Memories

This book explores the eight-month wave of mutinies that struck the French infantry and navy in 1919. Based on official records and the testimony of dozens of participants, it is the first study to try to understand the world of the mutineers. Examining their words for the traces of sensory perceptions, emotions and thought processes, it reveals that the conventional understanding of the mutinies as the result of simple war-weariness and low morale is inadequate. In fact, an emotional gulf separated officers and the ranks, who simply did not speak the same language. The revolt entailed emotional sequences ending in a deep ambivalence and sense of despair or regret. Taking this into account, the book considers how mutineer memories persisted after the events in the face of official censorship, repression and the French Communist Party's co-option of the mutiny.


O Connor In Pursuit of Politics Book Cover ImageAdrian O'Connor (University of South Florida St. Petersburg), In pursuit of politics: Education and revolution in eighteenth-century France (November 2017) [MUP site]

This study offers a new interpretation of the debates over education and politics in the early years of the French Revolution. Following these debates from the 1760s to the Terror(1793-94) and putting well-known works in dialogue with previously-neglected sources, it situates education at the centre of revolutionary contests over citizenship, participatory politics and representative government. The book takes up education's role in one of history's most dramatic periods of political uncertainty and upheaval, anxiety and ambition. It traces the convergence of philosophical, political, ideological and practical concerns in Ancien Régime debates and revolutionary attempts to reform education and remake society. In doing so, it provides new insight into the relationship between the Enlightenment and the French Revolution and sheds new light on how revolutionary legislators and ordinary citizens worked to make a new sort of politics possible in eighteenth-century France.

Claire Eldridge (University of Leeds), From empire to exile: History and memory within the pied-noir and harki communities, 1962–2012 (July 2016) [MUP site] Eldridge Cover

Winner of the Royal Historical Society Gladstone Prize 2017

This book explores the commemorative afterlives of the Algerian War of Independence (1954-62), one of the world's most iconic wars of decolonisation. It focuses on the million French settlers - pieds-noirs - and the tens of thousands of harkis - the French army's native auxiliaries - who felt compelled to migrate to France when colonial rule ended.
Challenging the idea that Algeria was a 'forgotten' war that only returned to French public attention in the 1990s, this study reveals a dynamic picture of memory activism undertaken continuously since 1962 by grassroots communities connected to this conflict. Reconceptualising the ways in which the Algerian War has been debated, evaluated and commemorated in the subsequent five decades, From empire to exile makes an original contribution to important discussions surrounding the contentious issues of memory, migration and empire in contemporary France that will appeal to students and scholars of history and cultural studies.

Smith CoverAndrew W.M. Smith (UCL), Terror and terroir: The winegrowers of the Languedoc and modern France (July 2016) [MUP site]

Shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society Gladstone Prize 2017

Terror and terroir investigates the Comité Régional d'Action Viticole (CRAV), a loose affiliation of militant winegrowers in the sun-drenched, southern vineyards of the Languedoc. Since 1961, they have fought to protect their livelihood. They were responsible for sabotage, bombings, hijackings and even the shooting of a policeman. Against the backdrop of European integration and decolonisation they have rallied around banners of Resistance and their strong Republican heritage, whilst their peasant protests fed into Occitan and anti-globalisation movements. At heart, however, the CRAV remain farmers championing the right of people to live and work the land. Between the romantic mythology of terroir, and the misguided, passionate violence of terror, this book unpicks the contentious issues of regionalism, protest and violence. It offers an insight into a neglected area of France's past that continues to impinge on its future, infused with one of the most potent symbols of French culture: wine.

Smyth Robespierre CoverJonathan Smyth (Birkbeck), Robespierre and the Festival of the Supreme Being: The search for a republican morality (August 2016) [MUP site]

This book provides an exciting new study of an important event in the French Revolution and a defining moment in the career of its principal actor, Maximilien Robespierre, the Festival of the Supreme Being. This day of national celebration was held to inaugurate the new state religion, the Cult of the Supreme Being, and whilst traditionally it has been dismissed as a compulsory political event, this book redefines its importance as a hugely popular national event. Hitherto unused or disregarded source material is used to offer new perspective to the national reaction to Robespierre's creation of the Festival and of his search for a new republican morality. It is the first ever detailed study in English of this area of French Revolutionary history, the first in any language since 1988 and will be welcomed by scholars and students of this period.

O'Brien Republican Line Cover Laura O'Brien (University of Newcastle), The republican line
Caricature and French republican identity, 1830–52
(July 2015) [MUP site]

The years between 1830 and 1852 were turbulent ones in French politics - but were also a golden age for French political caricature. Caricature was wielded as a political weapon, so much so that in 1835 the French politician Adolphe Thiers claimed that 'nothing was more dangerous' than graphic satire. This book is the first full study of French political caricature during the critical years of the July Monarchy (1830-48) and the Second Republic (1848-52). Focusing on the crucial question of republicanism, it shows how caricature was used - by both republicans and anti-republicans - to discuss, define and articulate notions of republican identity during this highly significant period in modern French and European history.


Davies Pereire coverHelen M. Davies (University of Melbourne), Emile and Isaac Pereire
Bankers, Socialists and Sephardic Jews in nineteenth-century France
(April 2016) [MUP site]

Emile (1800-75) and Isaac Pereire (1806-80) were pivotal and sensational figures, their lives and careers a lens through which to re-examine the history of France in the nineteenth century. Among the first generation of Jews emancipated by the French Revolution, they became significant Saint-Simonians, contributing to its philosophy of financial and economic reform. They were the first to implement the new rail technology in France and to launch the first investment bank of any size in Europe, the Crédit Mobilier. The Pereires ultimately came to stand behind banks and railways throughout Europe and in the Ottoman Empire. They were thus major players in France's and Europe's industrialisation and the modernisation of its banking system.
This book is equally a social and cultural history of the Jews in France, addressing the means through which the Pereires managed their business empire and the contribution of family life to its success. It is their first full-scale biography in English.

Lewis The Stadium Century Cover Robert W. Lewis (Cal Poly Pomona), The Stadium Century: Sport, Spectatorship and Mass Society in Modern France (November 2016) [MUP site]

The stadium century traces the history of stadia and mass spectatorship in modern France from the vélodromes of the late nineteenth century to the construction of the Stade de France before the 1998 soccer World Cup. As the book demonstrates, the stadium was at the centre of debates over public health and urban development and proved to be a key space for mobilising the urban crowd for political rallies and spectator sporting events alike. After 1945, the transformed French stadium constituted part of the process of postwar modernisation but also was increasingly connected to global transformations to the spaces and practices of sport. Drawing from a wide range of sources, the stadium century links the histories of French urbanism, mass politics and sport through the stadium in an innovative work that will appeal to historians, students of French history and the history of sport, and general readers alike.

Heywood CoverSophie Heywood (University of Edinburgh), Catholicism, Children’s Literature, and the Culture Wars in Nineteenth-Century France: The Case of the Comtesse de Ségur (Autumn 2011) [MUP site]

This book uses the French national icon and best-selling children’s author, the Comtesse de Ségur (1799-1874) as an exemplification of the dramatic cultural changes at work in nineteenth-century France. In a period of rising literary rates and falling book prices, the child-reader became the target of commercial interests, but also the focus of concern in secular and religious society about the innocent susceptibility of this new reading public. By studying the works, correspondence, and political activism of a single author, this book presents an important case study of how women as authors and mothers, and children as readers and consumers, were mobilised in the struggle for the nation’s soul.

MacKnight CoverElizabeth C. MacKnight (University of Aberdeen), Aristocratic Families in Republican France, 1870–1940 (Autumn 2011) [MUP site]

This study of nobles’ responses to transformations in the political, economic, and social environment of France between 1870 and 1940 documents their strategies to counter republican initiatives and to sustain conservative rearguard action against the Third Republic. The survival of the French nobility had long rested upon its ability to adapt to changing circumstances whilst preserving the integrity of the aristocratic lifestyle and traditions. This book shows the ways in which gender was involved in that process of adaptation, shaping families’ approaches to property ownership and inheritance, child rearing and education, marriage, and domestic service. For the first time, evidence from personal and family documents is used to demonstrate how aristocratic power survived in republican France because nobles knew how to exploit its gendered dimensions.

Soo CoverScott Soo (University of Southampton), The routes to exile: France and the Spanish Civil War refugees, 1939–2009 (Autumn 2013) [MUP site]

As they trudged over the Pyrenees, the Spanish republicans became one of the most iconoclastic groups of refugees to have sought refuge in twentieth-century France. This book explores the array of opportunities, constraints, choices and motivations that characterised their lives. Using a wide range of empirical material, it presents a compelling case for rethinking exile in relation to refugees' lived experiences and memory activities. The major historical events of the period are covered: the development of refugees' rights and the 'concentration' camps of the Third Republic, the para-military labour formations of the Second World War, the dynamics shaping resistance activities, and the role of memory in the campaign to return to Spain. This study additionally analyses how these experiences have shaped homes and France's memorial landscape thereby offering an unparalleled exploration of the long-term effects of exile from the mass exodus of 1939 through to the seventieth-anniversary commemorations in 2009.

How to Purchase Titles in the Series?

Individual titles may be purchased directly from Manchester University Press. Members of the Society will be entitled to a 35% discount on orders for personal use on all titles. You should contact the Society’s Membership Secretary who will be able to provide you with the access code with which to place an order directly with the publishers’ distributors, NBN International at the discount price.

Do you wish to submit a manuscript for consideration?

The Editors and the Press are always willing to look at manuscript proposals at any stage. You should be aware that the series will only consider publishing monographs not exceeding 100,000 words in length. It will not normally publish edited collections or volumes of conference papers. Collaboratively authored works, however, are welcomed.

Contact the series editors for proposal forms: Dr. David Hopkin ( and Professor Maíre Cross (

The Proposal should be accompanied by a C.V. and be substantiated by up to three specimen chapters of the work in question. The Proposal will be initially considered by the Series Editors. You should expect to have their response within a period of six weeks from your initial submission. If they judge that it is appropriate for the Series, the proposal will be evaluated by up to three independent assessors. You may expect to receive some detailed response at that stage on the proposal, which is when the commitment to publish is made.

The following are the key criteria which the Editors and the Press take into account when arriving at their final decision:-
• The ability to identify and speak to a theme in the history of France which has broader resonances with other discourses about the past
• The capacity to reveal how sources about the French past can be opened up to historical investigation in new and interesting ways
• The potential for exploring new and unfamiliar historical subjects
• Inter-disciplinary studies that break down traditional boundaries and conventional disciplinary divisions
• The overall marketability of the proposal in the light of its scholarly excellence.

The Editors take their decisions independently of the Society and in collaboration with Manchester University Press. They serve for a period of five years in the first instance (2010-2015).

Additional Society Resources for Publication:

The Society has limited resources to assist in publication. These are at the discretion of the Society’s Trustees and should be applied for through the Society’s Publications Officer. They are intended to underwrite the ancillary costs of publication only (e.g. costs of illustrations, book-cover, etc).

August 2012

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