Jacques Godechot

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Jacques Léon Godechot (3 January 1907 – 24 August 1989) was a French historian of the French revolution, and a pioneer of Atlantic history.[1]

As a frequent and varied contributor to the Annales Historiques de la Révolution Française, he acted as "a mediator, an intermediary between readers of the journal and Anglo-Saxon and Italian historiography of the Revolution".[2] His emphasis on the international dimension of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century revolutions was crystallized in the concepts of Atlantic history and 'occidental revolution'. In 1955 Godechot collaborated with the Yale historian Robert Roswell Palmer to present a joint paper on 'the problem of Atlantic history' at the 10th International Congress of Historical Sciences in Rome.[3]


  • Histoire de l'Atlantique, Paris: Bordas, 1947
  • Les institutions de la France sous la Révolution et l'émpire, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1951
  • (with R. R. Palmer) 'Le problème de l’Atlantique du XVIIIième au XXième siècle.' Comitato internazionale di scienze storiche. X8 Congresso internazionale di Scienze storiche, Roma 4–11 Settembre 1955. Relazioni 5 (Storia contemporanea). Florence, 1955: 175–239
  • La grande nation: l'expansion révolutionnaire de la France dans le monde de 1789 à 1799, Paris: Aubier, 1956.
  • La contre-révolution: doctrine et action, 1789-1804, Paris Presses universitaires de France, 1961. Translated by Salvator Attanasio as The counter-revolution: doctrine and action, 1789-1804, 1971.
  • La pensée révolutionnaire en France et en Europe, 1780-1799, Paris: A. Colin, 1963
  • L'Europe et l'Amérique à l'époque napoléonienne (1800-1815), Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1967
  • La prise de la Bastille 14 juillet 1789, Paris: Gallimard, 1965. Translated by Jean Stewart, with an introduction by Charles Tilly as The taking of the Bastille, July 14th, 1789, 1970
  • Les Révolutions, 1770–1799, Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1963. Translated by Herbert H. Rowen as France and the Atlantic revolution of the eighteenth century, 1770-1799, 1965.
  • (with Beatrice Fry Hyslop and David L. Dowd) The Napoleonic era in Europe, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971.
  • (ed.) Considérations sur la Révolution française by Madame de Staël


  1. ^ Emmet Kennedy, 'Jacques Godechot', in Philip Daileader & Philip Whalen, eds., French Historians 1900-2000: New Historical Writing in Twentieth-Century France, 306-316
  2. ^ Bernard Gainot, La contribution de Jacques Godechot aux Annales Historiques de la Révolution Française, Annales Historiques de la Révolution Française 353 (July–September 2008), pp.113-128
  3. ^ William O'Reilly, 'Genealogies of Atlantic History', Atlantic Studies 1:1 (2004), 66 — 84