Laird Boswell

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Laird Boswell is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in the history of modern France.[1] He was previous Assistant and then Associate Professor there, and before that, Instructor at the California Institute of Technology

He was visiting professor at Institut d’études politiques de Paris in 2008.


  • Boswell, Laird. Rural Communism in France, 1920-1939. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998. ISBN 9780801434211
    • Translated into French by Guy Clermont as Le communisme rural en France : le Limousin et la Dordogne de 1920 à 1939 [2]
  • Forging France along the Rhine: Cultural Conflict and National Identity in Alsace- Lorraine, 1919-2006
  • "L’historiographie du communisme français est-elle dans une impasse? Revue française de science politique 55, no. 5-6 (2005): 919-934.
  • “Repenser l’histoire de l’Alsace grâce à l’histoire des régions frontalières,” in Actes de l’Université européenne d’été (Strasbourg)
  • “Alsace-Lorraine,” in Encyclopedia of Europe: 1789-1914. John Merriman and Jay Winter, eds. (New York: Charles Scribner’s, forthcoming).
  • “La petite propriété fait le communisme (Limousin, Dordogne),” Etudes Rurales no. 171-172 (July–December 2004) : 73-82.
  • “Fissures dans la nation française: les réfugiés Alsaciens et Lorrains en 1939-1940,” in Max Lagarrigue ed., 1940, La France du repli, l’Europe de la défaite (Toulouse: Privat, 2001), 197-208.
  • “From Liberation to Purge Trials in the “Mythic Provinces:” the Reconfiguration of Identities in Alsace and Lorraine, 1918-1920,” French Historical Studies 23 (Winter 2000): 129-162.
  • “Franco-Alsatian Conflict and the Crisis of National Sentiment during the Phoney War,” Journal of Modern History (September 1999): 552-584.
  • “Le communisme et la défense de la petite propriété en Limousin et en Dordogne,” Communisme [Paris] 51-52 (1998): 7-27.
  • "The French Rural Communist Electorate," Journal of Interdisciplinary History 23 (Spring 1993): 719-749.
  • “How do French Peasants Vote?" Peasant Studies 16: 2 (Winter 1989): 107-122.


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