Talk:Natalie Zemon Davis

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Biography assessment rating comment[edit]

WikiProject Biography Summer 2007 Assessment Drive

The article may be improved by following the WikiProject Biography 11 easy steps to producing at least a B article. -- Yamara 22:19, 25 June 2007 (UTC)


The opening paragraph contains the sentence "She is a hero to many historians and academics, as "one of the greatest living historians", constantly asking new questions and taking on new challenges, the second woman president of the American Historical Association (the first, Nellie Neilson, was in 1943) and someone who "has not lost the integrity and commitment to radical thought which marked her early career." The source for this sentence is an interview with the subject herself. Calling oneself a hero, or being called one by a hagiographic interviewer, is hardly an unbiased view. This sentence, at the very least, should be struck from the entry. Moreover, the entire article ought to be checked for neutrality, since it has clearly at least once been significantly edited by someone who has problems remaining neutral about the subject. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:40, 30 October 2013 (UTC)


As far as I know and according to standard authorities, Natalie Zemon Davis's last name is Davis, not Zemon Davis. -Acjelen 18:16, 16 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Zemon was her maiden name and Davis is the name of her husband. I do argee that she is usually listed in the D section of books, but all of her books and articles state they are by Zemon Davis. If you resolve this enigma, more power to you.

I am holding in my hand a copy of The Return of Martin Guerre and Society and Culture in Early Modern France, neither of which indicates it is "by Zemon Davis". I do not have any other monographs or any articles from history journals with me, but I do not believe they state so as well. I hope my unsigned friend above can indicate which works by the historian specifies they are "by Zemon Davis". -Acjelen 05:15, 22 Apr 2005 (UTC)

"Slaves on Screen" is written by Natalie Zemon Davis and she provides a foward to the memory of Julian Leon Zemon and Horace Bancroft Davis

Most historians shorten her full name to 'Davis' see Finlay's 'Refashioning Martin Guerre' in American Historical Review Vol.93(June, 1988) Also, the book came about as a result of the film not visa versa, so I'm gonna change that bit. =) Dragonfang88 (talk) 15:02, 25 March 2009 (UTC)

Possible Hoax on List of Works[edit]

As of 10/30/2006, this entry contained the following text on the "Works" list:

    Microhistory: The Crazy Trend in the 90s, Bullbridge, BS:Jackson University Press 2002

This was added to the list by an anonymous editor coming from IP address on May 7, 2006. The following things lead me to think that this may be a hoax:

  • I can find no record of this book on, OCLC WorldCat, or Google
  • A Google search for Jackson University Press turns up only references to the University of Mississippi Press in Jackson, and the only Jackson University I found appears to be a small, specialized school without a press.
  • BS is not a recognized state abbreviation in the US, and has other, more profane meanings
  • Given that Davis is generally classified as a microhistorian, a book that calls this a "crazy trend" could be someone's idea of a joke.

Given the above, I am removing this book from the list -- if someone can point to a verifiable source stating that it was actually published, I'll gladly admit my mistake.

--Dmdwiggi 06:42, 30 October 2006 (UTC)


I reverted the wholesale changes that User MNavarro made because they deleted so much of Davis' life and career. I suggest that this user or others add in germane material, rather than cutting. Bellagio99 (talk) 20:51, 7 May 2009 (UTC).

I just added a good deal of material to the article in a long series of edits. And her last name is "Davis" (I asked her; pls forgive the WP:OR ;-)) Bellagio99 (talk) 20:11, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

Kroner > Cdn Dollars[edit]

I get a higher figure, although it depends on which date the prize was awarded. So I reverted the edit, until more specific details provided. I think I made the $$ edit, and I took the C$ number from the newspaper. Yahoo conversion suggests its plausible. Sorry Id didn't explain this in the reversion. And Canadian dollars might well be used, as that is where she lives. Bellagio99 (talk) 22:59, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

I edited it to include the actual value of the prize, $4.5 million Norwegian kroner, as well as the conversion. I think that value should be included. As for the currency, I don't think using CAD is reasonable, since we should be concerned about conveying knowledge to the reader and not the subject of the entry. Many readers will be American and assume that $ means USD. At the very least you should specify that it is CAD and not USD. For the conversion, I checked Yahoo! Currency Converter to back convert and got (768000 Canadian Dollar (CAD) = 4835602.5255 Norwegian Krone (NOK)), which is a significant 7% off. Forward conversions give: 4500000 Norwegian Krone (NOK) = 714698.9402 Canadian Dollar (CAD) 4500000 Norwegian Krone (NOK) = 694219.466 United States Dollar (USD) I would say that you the entry should include the actually value in NOK and any conversion should be accurate. If something is in the newspaper but is demonstrably false, it should not be included. Rybo (talk) 14:13, 10 June 2010 (UTC)