Why France?: American Historians Reflect on an Enduring by Laura Lee Downs,Stéphane Gerson,Stephane Gerson

By Laura Lee Downs,Stéphane Gerson,Stephane Gerson

France has lengthy attracted the eye of lots of America's such a lot finished historians. the sphere of French historical past has been tremendously influential in American concept, either in the academy and past, despite France's status between U.S. political and cultural elites. even if different international locations, from Britain to China, can have had a better impression on American heritage, none has exerted fairly an identical carry at the American old mind's eye, rather within the post-1945 period.

To achieve a clean point of view in this passionate courting, Laura Lee Downs and Stéphane Gerson commissioned a various array of historians to put in writing autobiographical essays during which they discover their highbrow, political, and private engagements with France and its prior. as well as the essays, Why France? incorporates a long advent by way of the editors and an afterword by means of one in every of France's such a lot amazing historians, Roger Chartier. Taken jointly, those essays offer a wealthy and thought-provoking portrait of France, the Franco-American courting, and a half-century of yank highbrow lifestyles, considered in the course of the lens of the easiest scholarship on France.

Contributors: Ken Alder, Northwestern college; John W. Baldwin, The Johns Hopkins college; Edward Berenson, long island college; Herrick Chapman, ny college; Roger Chartier, Ècole des Hautes Ètudes en Sciences Sociales; Clare Haru Crowston, college of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Barbara Diefendorf, Boston collage; Laura Lee Downs, Ècole des Hautes Ètudes en Sciences Sociales; Stéphane Gerson, big apple college; Jan Goldstein, The college of Chicago; Lynn Hunt, UCLA; Steven Kaplan, Cornell collage; Thomas Kselman, Notre Dame collage; Herman Lebovics, SUNY Stony Brook; Robert Paxton, Columbia collage; Todd Shepard, The Johns Hopkins collage; Leonard V. Smith, Oberlin collage; Gabrielle Spiegel, The Johns Hopkins collage; Tyler Stovall, collage of California, Berkeley

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