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France



  • A Coded Word From the Far Right Roils France’s Political Mainstream

    Historians Pascal Blanchard and Pap Ndiaye say that the hot-button term "ensauvagement" reflects France's unrecognized history of colonialism and the prevalent belief that the French helped elevate the people they colonized; the present-day right wing uses the term to imply that immigrants from France's former colonies require control and repression.



  • The Strange Defeat of the United States

    by Robert Zaretsky

    Eighty years later, Bloch’s investigation casts useful light for those historians who, gripped by the white heat of their own moment, may seek to understand the once unthinkable defeat of the United States in its “war” against the new coronavirus.



  • The Book of Smells

    Historian Robert Muchembled’s new history is full of disgusting, delicious details about early modern France.



  • When France Extorted Haiti – the Greatest Heist in History

    by Marlene Daut

    Because the indemnity Haiti paid to France is the first and only time a formerly enslaved people were forced to compensate those who had once enslaved them, Haiti should be at the center of the global movement for reparations.



  • Nazi Lockdown

    by Ronald C. Rosbottom

    The German occupation crushed ordinary life in Paris as its citizens hid from the “brown plague.”



  • Marie Antoinette Would Be Proud

    The palace has called on skilled designers, historians, botanists and gardeners to apply their expertise to the complicated work of restoring that spot, called Le Bosquet de la Reine, or the Queen’s Grove.


  • The History Behind a Recently Defaced French Holocaust Memorial

    by Norman JW Goda

    The memorial plaque at 12 rue Sainte-Catherine in the central part of town contained the names of the 86 Jews arrested at that address on 9 February 1943. It was the largest single roundup of Jews in the city. On the plaque, black paint was used to cross out their names.