History as a Profession: The Study of History in France, 1818-1914 by Pim den BoerHistory as a Profession: The Study of History in France, 1818-1914 by Pim den Boer

History as a Profession: The Study of History in France, 1818-1914

byPim den Boer

Paperback | July 14, 2014

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This is a vivid portrait of the French historical profession in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, concluding just before the emergence of the famousAnnalesschool of historians. It places the profession in its social, academic, and political context and shows that historians of the period have been unfairly maligned as amateurish and primitive in comparison to their more celebrated successors.

Pim den Boer begins by sketching the contours of French historiography in the nineteenth century, examining the quantity of historical writing, its subject matter, and who wrote it. He traces the growing influence of professional historians. He shows the increasing involvement of the national government in historical studies, paying special attention to the impact of political factions, ranging from ultraroyalists to radical republicans. He explores how historical research and teaching changed at schools and universities. And he shows how nineteenth-century historians' keen understanding of the past and of historical methodology laid the foundations for historiography in the twentieth century. archives, including official documents, confidential reports, and personal letters. Den Boer makes use of statistical, biographical, and methodological analysis and demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of both minor historians and leading scholars, including Charles Seignobos and Charles-Victor Langlois.

Originally published in 1998.

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Title:History as a Profession: The Study of History in France, 1818-1914Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 14, 2014Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691605157

ISBN - 13:9780691605159

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Table of Contents

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Ch. 1 The Contours of French Historiography, 1820-1914 3

Ch. 2 Paying for History 50

Ch. 3 History at School 118

Ch. 4 History and Higher Education 175

Ch. 5 The Old Professors and the New 224

Ch. 6 Changes in Professional Writing 309

Conclusion 358

Appendixes 367

Notes 387

Sources and Bibliography 437

Name Index 463

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Winner of the D. J. Veegens Prize of the Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen te Haarlem