INSTITUTE OF FRENCH STUDIES

French Decolonization in Global Perspective

Conference organized by Jessica Pearson (Macalester College) and Herrick Chapman(NYU). This conference will explore the process of French decolonization in the twentieth century in the context of broad global developments, movements, ideas, and policies.  It aims to evaluate recent trends in the fields of French history and the history of decolonization and to suggest possible avenues for future …

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STEPHEN W. SAWYER’S DEMOS ASSEMBLED: DEMOCRACY & THE INTERNATIONAL ORIGINS OF THE MODERN STATE

Previous studies have covered in great detail how the modern state slowly emerged from the early Renaissance through the seventeenth century, but we know relatively little about the next great act: the birth and transformation of the modern democratic state. Demos Assembled (University of Chicago Press, 2018) provides us with a fresh, transatlantic understanding of that political …

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