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French History

Notable societies devoted to French historical and related Francophone studies



Society for the Study of French History

The Society for the Study of French History was established in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in 1986 to encourage research and interest in all aspects of the history of France and its possessions from its beginnings to the present day. Its charitable status was recognised in 1992. The Society acts as the principal subject body  for French history, and in that capacity lobbies governments, funding bodies and universities. Members of the Society are also very willing to speak in secondary schools on subjects related to French history.


H-France is a scholarly organization promoting the study of French and Francophone history and culture online.  Since its origins in 1991, H-France has grown into a central source of scholarly information and publications related to French history, literature, art history, musicology, film studies, and philosophy.

Society for French Historical Studies

Founded in 1954, the Society for French Historical Studies promotes scholarship focused on the history of France from the medieval era to the twenty-first century. The Society also champions research into history beyond France itself, to include the hexagon’s historical relationships with the rest of the world, including North America, Africa, and Asia, as well as other societies on the European continent.

The Society is named after George Rudé, in recognition of his important role in cultivating the study of French history in Australasia.  A conference in his honor, the George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilization, is held every second year in Australia or New Zealand. The Society publishes a peer-reviewed journal, in collaboration with H-France, French History and Civilization, which comprises selected articles that were originally  presented as papers at the conference.  No subscription to the journal is required, and issue links can be found on this site.


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Donald Altschiller
Mugar Memorial Library
Subjects:History, Religion