AccueilMarianne in War and Peace, 1913-1923. The French Republic in the era of the Great War

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Publié le mercredi 18 octobre 2017 par Anastasia Giardinelli

Résumé

This guest-edited special issue of French History aims to showcase innovative perspectives on the French experience of the First World War. It will focus on the political dimensions of military operations and on the contested process of social and cultural mobilization. It will also consider how France and the French came to terms with the fraught process of demobilization, and dealt with the multifaceted legacies of the conflict across the country and its empire.

Annonce

Presentation

The study of the First World War continues to thrive as the centennial commemorations of the conflict draw to a close. In large part, the current vitality of First World War studies stems from the cultural and comparative turns taken by the historiography since the 1980s. Anxious to dispense with national paradigms to interrogate the broader and transnational currency of the wartime systems of representations, historians of the Great War often elected to focus on the cultural dimensions of the conflict. Historians of France played and continue to play a critical role in the renewal of this field (Hanna & Horne, 2016; Smith, 2016).

In France itself, a long-lasting controversy over the existence and significance of a “culture de guerre” has framed the analysis of wartime mobilization as an alternative between consent and coercion. In 1998, this important debate about the respective importance of patriotic mobilization and state-enforced discipline degenerated into a full-blown academic dispute. Two decades on, it still simmers and occasionally boils over to the detriment of scholars and scholarship alike.

This controversy has reinforced the domestic outlook of the historiographical debate in France and accounts, partly at least, for its limited engagement with foreign historiographies. Likewise, French historians have relatively neglected the colonial and imperial dimensions of the conflict. Most significantly, the debate is often artificially framed as an opposition between cultural and social historians. As a result, our understanding of the politics of wartime mobilization and demobilization remains fragmented, despite the rejuvenation and dynamism of French political history as a whole.

This guest-edited special issue of French History sets out to address this problem. It aims to showcase innovative perspectives on the French experience of the First World War. It will focus on the political dimensions of military operations and on the contested process of social and cultural mobilization. It will also consider how France and the French came to terms with the fraught process of demobilization, and dealt with the multifaceted legacies of the conflict across the country and its empire.  

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be submitted in the first instance to Pierre Purseigle (p.purseigle@warwick.ac.uk). They should include the proposed title of the article, its summary (500 words max.), and a one-page C.V.

The deadline for submission of the proposals is:

15 November 2017

Full manuscripts of selected articles (8-10,000 words max.) will be due by 1 February 2018.

Please note that each selected article will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the journal’s editorial procedure. The decision to publish will rest with French History’s editorial team.

References

  • M. Hanna and J. Horne, ‘France and the Great War on Its Centenary’, French Historical Studies, 39: 2, April 2016, pp. 233–259
  • L. V. Smith, ‘France, the Great War, and the “Return to Experience”’, The Journal of Modern History, 88: 2, June 2016, pp.380–415.

Editorial Board

 

  • David Andress University of Portsmouth
  • Nigel Aston University of Leicester
  • Sara Beam University of Victoria
  • Brett Bowles Indiana University
  • Sally Charnow Hofstra University

 

  • Joseph Clarke Trinity College, Dublin
  • Malcolm Crook Keele University
  • Máire Cross Newcastle University
  • Hugues Daussy Université de Franche-Comté
  • Laura Lee Downs EHESS, Paris
  • Shannon Fogg Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Caroline Ford UCLA
  • Emmanuel Fureix Université Paris-Est Créteil
  • Sudhir Hazareesingh University of Oxford
  • David Hopkin University of Oxford
  • Laura O'Brien University of Northumbria
  • Daniel Power University of Swansea
  • Christophe Prochasson EHESS, Paris
  • Guy Rowlands University of St Andrews
  • Graeme Small Durham University
  • Charles Sowerwine University of Melbourne
  • Julian Swann Birkbeck, University of London

Lieux

  • Coventry, Grande-Bretagne

Dates

  • mercredi 15 novembre 2017

Mots-clés

  • First World War, Première Guerre mondiale, politique, politics, mobilisation, demobilisation, comparative history, colonial history, French Empire

Contacts

  • Pierre Purseigle
    courriel : p [dot] purseigle [at] warwick [dot] ac [dot] uk

URLS de référence

Source de l'information

  • Pierre Purseigle
    courriel : p [dot] purseigle [at] warwick [dot] ac [dot] uk

Pour citer cette annonce

« Marianne in War and Peace, 1913-1923. The French Republic in the era of the Great War », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le mercredi 18 octobre 2017, http://calenda.org/418338