Nicolas Barreyre and Claire Lemercier - The Unexceptional State: Rethinking the State in the Nineteenth Century (France, United States)

Over the last three decades, historians have shown that during the period of the early republic in the US the state was far more powerful and proactive than previously thought. Conversely, in the case of France, new work has undermined the earlier narrative of triumphant state-building under Napoleon. Drawing on these converging historiographies, Nicolas Barreyre and Claire Lemercier will sketch out a history of the modern state that shuns national exceptionalism.


This seminar took place on Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 12:00 EDT / 17:00 BST / 18:00 CEST