09 December 2019

OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL: H-France XI (2019), Issues 16-17: What the Revolution Means Today: Terror - The Revolution in World History

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Presentation by Jennifer Heuer (University of Massachusetts-Amherst):

I am delighted to introduce a series of exchanges around what the French Revolution means today. This series, spearheaded by Marisa Linton, commemorates the 230th anniversary of the Revolution, but also intends to inspire reflection on what the Revolution may continue to mean for us as scholars, teachers, and citizens.

The first, “Rethinking the French Revolutionary Terror,” edited by Marisa Linton, challenges some of our pervasive assumptions as scholars and teachers of the Revolution. Contributors to this strand question whether it is useful to talk about the Terror as a coherent and capitalized event, and consider what violence and trauma meant at other moments of the Revolution.
Volume 11, Issue 16“Rethinking the French Revolutionary Terror”Edited by Marisa Linton, Kingston University
Marisa Linton
Kingston University
“Terror and the Revolutionary Tribunals”
Carla Hesse
University of California, Berkeley
“The Terror as a Difficult Past”
Ronen Steinberg
Michigan State University
In “The Revolution Abroad,” edited by Annie Jourdan, several scholars reflect on their own experiences researching and teaching the Revolution from outside France, including from the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy. They also consider how different national agendas and institutional contexts have shaped how—and how much—the French Revolution is regarded today.
Volume 11, Issue 17“The Revolution Abroad”Edited by Annie Jourdan, University of Amsterdam
Annie Jourdan
University of Amsterdam
“The French Revolution: One American Historian’s View”
Rafe Blaufarb
Florida State University
“The French Revolution Abroad: Le cas italien”
Paolo Conte
Università della Basilicata
“The French Revolution Abroad: The Netherlands”
Matthijs Lok
University of Amsterdam
Upcoming issues:
“Revisiting French Revolutionary Culture,” edited by Sophie Matthiesson, turns our attention to material culture and consumptions. Contributors ask us to think not only about the importance of objects and archives, but also to reflect on how choices made by collectors and curators have influenced the s have influenced the basis of what we know about, and how we understand, the Revolution
A fourth strand, “Whose Rights? The French Revolution and the Present,” edited by Ian Coller, addresses what it means to engage with the history of the Revolution in our contemporary political and cultural world, from wrestling with questions of global history and activism in the classroom to the resonances of the MeToo movement and the rights of “living beings” writ large.
The last strand, “The French Revolution Beyond the Academy.” edited by Guillaume Mazeau, looks more closely at the continued powerful—if also sometimes problematic—presence of the Revolution in a myriad of contexts, from classroom games to political interventions to contemporary film.
We conclude with a videoed exchange between Lynn Hunt and Peter McPhee reflecting on the ideas and questions raised in these various strands
Overall, this series of salons was intended to include as diverse a range of voices as possible. We sought to bring together both relatively new scholars and well established people, Francophone and Anglophone scholars, and those from various parts of the world (including France, the United States, the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy.) There are many other people whose voices could –and should–have been part of this; we very much hope that this will spark continued conversations and exchanges!

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