Patrice Gueniffey

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Patrice Gueniffey (born 1955)[1] is a French historian. He is a specialist in Napoleonic studies and the French Revolution, and the director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences.


Gueniffey obtained his PhD in history in 1989 with a thesis on suffrage during the French Revolution, and was hired at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHSS), where he has been a full professor since 2001.[2] From 2006 to 2008, he directed the Centre de recherches politiques Raymond Aron, founded by François Furet, of whom Gueniffey was a disciple.[3]

Gueniffey collaborated on the Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution, directed by Furet and Mona Ozouf in 1988. He published monographs dedicated to elections in the revolutionary period and to the Reign of Terror. Moving into the Napoleonic era, he edited the critical re-editions of Jacques Bainville's biography of Napoleon and the Napoleonic memoirs of Jean-Antoine Chaptal, and published a monograph dedicated to the Coup of 18 Brumaire. In 2013, he published Bonaparte, the first of a two-volume work on Napoleon, also published in English, which received acclaim from critics.[4][5][6]

Gueniffey, writing in Le Point magazine, criticized the 2023 film Napoleon as rewriting history in a "very anti-French and very pro-British" manner.[7]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2013, Gueniffey was awarded the Grand prix de la biographie politique for Bonaparte which included 10,000 euros in prize money.[8] That same year, he received the Grand Prix from the Fondation Napoléon for Bonaparte.[9] In 2014, he was awarded the Grand prix Gobert.[10] In 2017, he was awarded the Prix Montaigne de Bordeaux.[11]




  1. ^ "The secret Jewish history of Napoleon Bonaparte". 15 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Accueil". CESPRA. 6 December 2023.
  3. ^ Gueniffey, Patrice (16 November 2007). "Les " Napoléon " de François Furet". La Vie des idées – via
  4. ^ "Bonaparte by Patrice Gueniffey: a biography that does justice". The Irish Times.
  5. ^ Jourdan, Annie (15 January 2015). "Bonaparte: a Condottiere in Revolution". Books & Ideas – via
  6. ^ Keneally, Tom (12 June 2015). "Bonaparte review: Patrice Gueniffey breathes new fire into the life of Napoleon". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  7. ^ Razzall, Katie (19 November 2023). "Napoleon's Ridley Scott on critics and cinema 'bum ache'". BBC News.
  8. ^ "Le "Bonaparte" de Gueniffey lauréat du Grand Prix de la Biographie politique". 23 November 2013.
  9. ^ "The History Prizes".
  10. ^ "Un Grand Prix de la Fondation Napoléon traduit en anglais : Bonaparte de P. Gueniffey". Fondation Napoléon. 10 June 2015.
  11. ^ Lamarque, Bernard (1 April 2017). "Patrice Gueniffey, lauréat 2017 du Prix Montaigne de Bordeaux". Bordeaux Gazette.
  12. ^ Melvin Edelstein (1996). "Compte rendu : Patrice Gueniffey, Le Nombre et la Raison : La Révolution française et les élections". Annales historiques de la révolution française. Persé 303 (1): 161–164..
  13. ^ Claude Mazauric (2001). "Compte rendu, Patrice Gueniffey, La Politique de la Terreur. Essai sur la violence révolutionnaire (1789–1794)". Annales historiques de la Révolution française. Persé 323 (1): 118–121..
  14. ^ Patrice Gueniffey, lauréat du prix Montaigne de Bordeaux 2017.