If the principal commitment of French Historical Studies is to the publication of new research and ongoing historical debates, it would also seem appropriate that FHS present occasional retrospective appraisals of the work of contemporary scholars who have most strongly marked the ï¬eld of French history. No historian of the early modern period is more deserving of such a tribute than Daniel Roche. In over two hundred publicationsâbooks, articles, essays, chapters, and introductionsâappearing from the late 1950s into the ï¬rst decade of the twentyï¬rst century, Roche has explored a remarkable breadth of subjects, touching on virtually every aspect of the social and cultural history of France and of Europe under the Old Regime. He has demonstrated unusual talents for tracking down the links between the microcosm and the macrocosm, between material experience and mentalitÃ©s, and for disentangling the complex interplay of economic, social, and cultural transformations that marked the end of the early modern era. His inï¬uence can also be measured by his close, thirty-year association with the Revue dâhistoire moderne et contemporaine and by his impact on several generations of students at the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale SupÃ©rieure, the European University Institute, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, andâsince 1998âthe CollÃ¨ge de France. To reï¬ect on the career and work of Daniel Roche, four eminent historians of eighteenth-century France were brought together at the Thirty-ï¬rst Annual Meeting of the Western Society for French History, organized by the University of California, Irvine, in October 2003. Each contributor was asked to reï¬ect on a diï¬erent aspect of Rocheâs production. In the following pages we publish these commentaries, followed by the reactions and musings of Daniel Roche himself. French Historical Studies, Vol. 27, No. 4 (Fall 2004) Copyright Â© 2004 by the Society for French Historical Studies
French Historical Studies – Duke University Press
Published: Oct 1, 2004
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