With Emile Chabal, Herrick Chapman, Minayo Nasiali, and Evan Spritzer. Moderated by Frédéric Viguier.
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Join us as a panel of experts discuss Emile Chabal's new short introduction to postwar France. The book explores the contradictions that have shaped French history over the last eighty years, from the calamitous defeat by Hitler's armies in 1940 through decolonisation, the gilets jaunes and the response to COVID-19. Structured around the idea of paradox, Chabal paints a picture of a nation struggling to reconcile its core political values with the realities of a diverse society.
Event attendees will be able to purchase the book using a special online discount code.
Emile Chabal is Reader in History at the University of Edinburgh. He focuses on twentieth-century French political and intellectual history. He has published on topics such as French republicanism, secularism, the legacies of empire, identity politics and Franco-British relations, including A Divided Republic: nation, state and citizenship in contemporary France (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He is currently working on an intellectual biography of the Marxist historian, Eric Hobsbawm.
Herrick Chapman is Emeritus Professor of French Studies and History at New York University. A modern European historian, he works mainly on the social, economic, and political history of twentieth-century France. He is the author of several books, including France’s Long Reconstruction: In Search of the Modern Republic (Harvard University Press, 2018).
Minayo Nasiali is Associate Professor of History at UCLA, where she specializes in the history of modern France and its colonial empire. She is the author of Native to the Republic. Empire, Social Citizenship, and Everyday Life in Marseille since 1945 (Cornell UP, 2016).
Evan Spritzer is a historian of modern France. After many years of performing and teaching as a classical clarinetist in the US and Europe, he received the Ph.D. in French history from the Institute of French Studies and the Department of History at New York University. His research examines the performance of politics on French radio in the era of the Second World War. He teaches courses in French and European History at Fordham University, Hunter College, and New York University.
This event is jointly hosted with the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Edinburgh.