Call for Contributions: Routledge Handbook on the History of Paris since 1789 ​​​​​​​

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Routledge Handbook on the History of Paris since 1789 call for contributions


In many respects, Paris’s history is France’s story. As the largest city in the nation, the capital retains its position as France’s government, education, business, and cultural center. Yet Paris’s status as the seat of power and an intense concentration of French culture is contested by the rise of European and regional centers. Paris also claims a position as the hub of the Francophone world, yet Francophone artists and writers sometimes experience the city as a site of exile.  By telling the story of Paris in all of its complexity, we can learn more about France’s place in the world, French society and culture, and the specificity of French public, social, and urban policy. With this objective, Routledge Press is soliciting contributions for a Handbook on the History of Paris since 1789. The Routledge Handbooks series is well established and a mark of quality for instructors, librarians, and booksellers. The goal of the handbook will be to provide a cultural history of the city from the Revolution, through the turbulent nineteenth century, the “triumphant” Third Republic, World Wars, decolonization, and contemporary social and cultural movements up to the present day. Routledge expects this Handbook on the History of Paris to inaugurate a series on other world cities, such as London, Berlin, and Beijing. 


We seek original contributions that fit in three broad categories. The first category will be a collection of overview chronological pieces, covering the outlines of the city’s history from 1789 to the present. These will highlight key developments of the era, drawing on recent scholarship. The second category will focus on representations of and in Paris through reflections and debates around public monuments and commemorative events. This section could include not only specific sites, but also representations of Paris in the arts, and explorations of how "Paris" has been imagined, constructed, and mythologized from the outside. The third category will be a series of case studies illuminating particular aspects of recent scholarly interest, and how they contribute to the ongoing development of the study of Paris.


We are especially eager for diverse perspectives on the Paris’s history and we welcome contributions from established and early-career academics. Please send an abstract (250 words) in English, indicate which of the three categories you view your potential chapter, and include a brief (2 page) CV in Word or .pdf to Kory Olson [] by January 15, 2022. 


Acceptance of proposals will be communicated by Nov 1, 2022, with completed 4000-word chapters due by April 1, 2023. Expected publication from Routledge will be 2024. 


Kory Olson, Stockton University 

Amanda Vincent, Wake Forest University

Erin-Marie Legacey, Texas Tech University


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