Myriam Yardeni

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Myriam Yardeni
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Myriam Yardeni
Born Marika Jakobovits
(1932-04-27)27 April 1932
Timișoara, Romania
Died 8 May 2015(2015-05-08) (aged 83)
Nationality Israeli
Scientific career
Fields History
Institutions University of Haifa
Doctoral advisor Roland Mousnier
Other academic advisors Jacob Talmon

Myriam Yardeni (Hebrew: מרים ירדני‎; 27 April 1932 – 8 May 2015) was an Israeli historian and scholar of French history.[1] She was professor of general history at the University of Haifa.


Myriam Yardeni was born as Marika Jakobovits in Timişoara, in the Romanian multiethnic region of Banat, to a middle-class Jewish family. In 1950, she immigrated to Israel. She studied Hebrew at Ulpan Etzion in Jerusalem and attended a pedagogical seminary founded by Martin Buber. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem she completed a BA in world history and French culture, and an MA in history. Her master's thesis, written in 1961 under the guidance of Jacob Talmon, explored the life and work of Bernard Lazare, a French Jewish anarchist and journalist. In 1963, she wrote her doctorate at the Sorbonne under Roland Mousnier. During her sojourn in Paris, she studied at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS).

At the urging of Haifa's mayor Abba Hushi, Yardeni returned to Haifa and joined the faculty of the University of Haifa. In 1975, she was appointed head of the world history department. She founded the university's institute for research of French history.

Yardeni's work focused on several research themes - national conscience in France in the early modern period and religious minorities in French context, in particular Huguenots and Jews. She was interested in religious persecution and early modern anti-Semitism. Her extensive and innovative publications positioned her as one of the leading scholars in these fields.

Yardeni was a guest professor at CNRS, Bordeaux University, Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux3 University and the Institute for Science of Religion at the Haute Ecole de Hautes Etudes. She retired in 2001, but continued to actively work on her research projects until her death. During these years Yardeni published several books and numerous articles, as well as participated in various conferences in Israel and abroad.


Published work[edit]

  • La conscience nationale en France pendant les guerres de religion (1559–1598).

Publications de la Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de Paris-Sorbonne, série "Recherches' t. 59, Paris, Louvain: Editions Nauwelaerts, 1971. (The National Conscience in France during the Wars of Religion (1559–1598))

  • Utopie er révolte sous Louis XIV. Paris, Nizet, 1980. (Utopia and Revolt under Louis XIV)

(ed.) Les Juifs dans l'histoire de France. Leiden: Brill, 1980.

  • Le Refuge Protestant. Paris: PUF, 1985 [Coll. l'Historien, 50).
  • French Protestantism and Antisemitism: Monograph on the History of Antisemitism(Hebrew) The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Zalman Shazar Center (in print), French edition: Albin Michel
  • Anti Jewish Mentalities in Early Modern Europe, Lanham, New York, London: University Press of America, 1990. (Studies in Judaism)
  • הוגנוטים ויהודים; ירושלים : מרכז זלמן שזר לתולדות ישראל, תשנ"ח, 1998.(Huguenots and Jews, Zalman Shazar center for Jewish history, Jerusalem, 1998 - Hebrew)
  • Repenser l’histoire. Aspects de l’historiographie huguenote des guerres de Religion à la Révolution. Paris: Honoré Champion, 2000. (Vie des Huguenots, 11).

(Rethinking history.Aspects of the Protestant historiography from the Wars of Religion to the French Revolution

  • Le Refuge huguenot: Assimilation et culture, Paris, Honoré Champion, 2002 (Vie des huguenots, 22).
  • Enquêtes sur l’identité de la « nation France » de la Renaissance aux Lumières, Seyssel, Champ Vallon. 2005. (Collection Epoques).
  • Huguenots et Juifs, Paris, Honoré Champion, 2008. (Vie des Huguenots, 41)
  • Les monarchomaques de la Saint Barthélémy (unfinished project). (The monarchomachs of Saint Barthelemew)

Co-authored books[edit]

  • (ed.) Les Juifs dans l’histoire de France, Leiden: Brill, 1980.(The Jews in the history of France)
  • (ed.), Modernité et non conformisme en France à travers les âges, Leiden, Brill, 1983 (H.A. Oberman (ed.), Studies in the History of Christian Thought, vol. XXVIII). (Modernity and Nonconformism n France throughout the ages)
  • (ed.) Idéologie et propagande, Paris: Picard, 1987.

(Ideology and propaganda)

  • (ed.) with Ilana Zinguer, Les deux Réformes chrétiennes: propagation et diffusion, Leiden, Brill, 2004, (Studies in the History of Christian Traditions, vol.114).(The Two Christian Reforms: their propagation and diffusion)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jouanna, Arlette (12 May 2015). "Hommage à Myriam Yardeni" (in French). Groupe de Recherche en Histoire des Protestantismes,. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1999 (in Hebrew)". 
  3. ^ Myriam Yardeni Emet Prize

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