The Society for French Historical Studies and the Western Society for French History offer an annual award of $2,000 for research conducted outside North America on any aspect of the history of France. ‘‘I felt always that Lefebvre treated me like any man scholar, although I think he was apt to think women’s brains inferior.’’ Referring to a male colleague and his extremely supportive wife, Hyslop wrote, ‘‘I sometimes wish I had a wife to be a secretary, or a husband for that purpose! All too often, American historians tend to mistake news about contemporary life for genuinely historical research. Dining with French friends and colleagues (‘‘I never refuse an opportunity to drink champagne!’’) and guiding Americans who came through Paris, Hyslop seems to have been at the forefront of the earliest generation of American scholars trekking regularly to France. The Society for French Historical Studies (SFHS) is an organization of North American historians of France. Society for French Historical Studies: | The |Society for French Historical Studies| (SFHS) is, along with the |Western Socie... World Heritage Encyclopedia, the aggregation of the largest online encyclopedias available, and the most definitive collection ever assembled. Though the recent French defeat in Indochina had to be fresh in their minds, Godechot still considered Algeria ‘‘an integral part of France,’’ and Africa seemed securely within France’s imperial sphere. Marking the tenth anniversary of the SFHS, the Eleutherian Mills meeting drew more than two hundred people, concluded with fireworks at the Longwood Gardens, and resulted in the publication of a notable collection of essays. Copyright © 2017The Society For French Historical Studies. Society members subsequently complained, however, that the Cleveland meeting had been too packed with extracurricular activities. This small group of scholars, mostly from New York and New England, took stock of three key issues in French history: Franco-American relations in the revolutionary era, French imperialism since the First World War, and aspects of French labor problems since the Second World War. In 1957 the newly formed SFHS resolved to create a scholarly journal of its own. . In addition to French Historical Studies, there are two other English-language journals devoted to our field, French History and French Politics, Culture, and Society, and both the Journal of Modern History and the American Historical Review regularly publish articles on France. ... Society for French Historical Studies. This scholarship fills the pages of French Historical Studies, a journal that our colleagues in France now read as well. In 1954 Evelyn Acomb took the initiative in creating a professional organization for American historians of France. Du 22 au 24 mars, la Society for French Historical Studies SFHS organisait son 58e congrès annuel à Los Angeles, invitée par l'université de Californie du Sud USC. . 4 (2005): 579-600. In June 1956 she wrote the directeur de l’enseignement supérieur in Paris to introduce the newly formed Society for French Historical Studies and to ask him to finance Labrousse’s airfare for the 1957 meeting in New York. Not until 1936 was she offered a position in higher education, as instructor at Hunter College for $150 per month, teaching five sections of European History, 1500– 1815. 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. . To express these common interests, the SFHS joined with the Société d’Histoire Moderne in two Franco-American conferences. Though feminism was largely dormant as a political movement in the 1950s, Hyslop was not without a certain protofeminist perspective. . Seventy-six people attended the Penn conference, including only five women, since Hyslop was in France as a Fulbright fellow. Lifetime print subscription to French Historical Studies (four issues annually); Free online access to current and back issues of French Historical Studies through a combination of the Duke University Press online books and journals platform and JSTOR . Of the 215 who had joined the SFHS by late 1959, 43 percent concentrated on the pre-1815 period, 39 percent on 1815–1914, and 18 percent on 1914 to the present. History; In Memoriam; Announcements; Policies and Procedures; Conferences. French Historical Studies est une revue à comité de lecture consacrée à l' histoire de France, publiée par la Duke University Press pour la Society for French Historical Studies (SFHS). It may be that French and American scholars had different perspectives about ‘‘l’histoire contemporaine.’’ While many of the prominent (male) U.S. scholars had been profoundly marked by their experience of World War II, perhaps they were less traumatized by it than their French counterparts. The Society for French Historical Studies In the mid-1950s our field was an intellectual backwater, and the American media showed little understanding of France. At that informal gathering, Hyslop, Acomb, and Fox volunteered to serve as an ad hoc program committee for the Cornell meeting. Benefits of Lifetime Membership. Residents of the U.S. may make a tax-deductible contribution to the Society for French Historical Studies to cover operating costs of the conference; any amounts collected beyond operating costs will be shared to support the SFHS, the Rudé Society, and H-France, whose assistance in taking this project online has been crucial. Moreover, even as French publishers have reduced their social science lists, books by U.S. historians continue to be translated. Society for French Historical Studies Marc Bloch: Historian Author(s): Bryce Lyon Source: French Historical Studies, Vol. In December 1954 a dozen people, including Beatrice Hyslop of Hunter College, whom Acomb had also contacted, met for drinks in Fox’s hotel room at the annual meeting of the AHA. At the 1964 meeting, distinguished French and American scholars were similarly paired on a variety of subjects: social structures (Ernest Labrousse, Shepard B. Clough); public opinion (Roger Portal, Robert Byrnes); the French Revolution (Marcel Reinhard, Crane Brinton); the 1848 Revolution (Jacques Droz, William L. Langer); liberalism from 1840 to 1875 (Louis Girard, Joseph N. Moody); and the prolegomena to the Second World War (Jean-Baptiste Duroselle, John Haight). A year later Roger Portal sent a message d’amitié on the occasion of the 1957 meeting: We are especially pleased by the establishment in the United States of a ‘‘Society for French History’’ [sic], whose activity, together with our own, will do a great deal to tighten the links between American historians and French historians and contribute to the greater progress of historical scholarship. By March 1956, a month after the society was set up, some ninety-five people had already joined the organization, leading Martin Wolfe to worry that ‘‘the membership will undoubtedly go over 200 after the next conference. . Surveying her career, both American and French colleagues have described her as the moving spirit behind the Society for French Historical Studies in the 1950s and 1960s: ‘‘très dévouée’’ (René Rémond), ‘‘la cheville ouvrière’’ of the society, and ‘‘très sympathique’’ to boot ( Jean Heffer). This essay was presented at the fiftieth annual conference in honor of the Society’s semicentennial anniversary. As Frances Childs, president of the meeting, wrote in the foreword to that book, ‘‘The ‘mustard seed’ sown at our first informal meeting at Cornell . . . The fiftieth-anniversary meeting in Paris was doubtless an exception, but the program featuring three hundred North Americans, two hundred French, and some fifty colleagues from sixteen additional countries (not to mention the three-hundred-plus others who registered just to attend) confirms that French history à l’américaine continues to thrive. . Hyslop had invited the two men to lunch with her at Reid Hall; it is difficult to imagine them sharing a table anywhere else. Marvin L. Brown Jr.NCSU Digital Collections. In order to provide a comprehensive history of the SFHS, you may also find a brief history of the Institut Français d’Amérique by clicking the link below: In the mid-1950s our field was an intellectual backwater, and the American media showed little understanding of France. Moody was named vice president and Pinkney secretary-treasurer for a three-year term. . . The Society for French Historical Studies. She would later publish a book on Philippe Egalité, emphasizing the landholdings and economic activity of the Orléans branch of the royal family. On April 1–2, 1955, twenty-nine people (including six women scholars, two officials from the French Embassy—Robert Valeur and Roger Vaurs—and Joseph Kraft from the New York Times) gathered in Ithaca for a first, informal ‘‘Conference on French History.’’. . After the war she promoted among American historians the innovative historiography of the Annales movement and of leading social historians like Georges Lefebvre and Ernest Labrousse. The colloquium included a private tour of the Archives Nationales, and it ended with a... dînerpromenade on a Bateau-Mouche. Society for French Historical Studies Le comité d’organisation du 60 e congrès de la SFHS souhaite la bienvenue à tous les participants et nous espérons que cette rencontre sera à la fois agréable et profitable à tous !