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James B. Collins

Professor of History

Georgetown University

Washington, DC 20057

collinja@georgetown.edu

202-687-5904; fax -7245

Scholarship

Books
The State in Early Modern France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, 2nd edition; first edition 1995. The second edition is about 40% new.
From Tribes to Nation: The Making of France, c. 500 to 1799. Toronto: Wadsworth Publishing, 2002.
The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution. Toronto: Wadsworth Publishing, 2002.
Classes, Estates, and Order in Early Modern Brittany. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
La Bretagne dans l’État monarchique. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2006. French translation of Classes, Estates, and Order, with proceedings of a one-day conference held in May 2004, in honor of its tenth anniversary.
The Fiscal Limits of Absolutism: Direct Taxation in Early Seventeenth-Century France. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.
Early Modern Europe: Issues and Interpretations. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2005. Co-edited with Dr. Karen Taylor.
Books in progress
“Slaying the Hydra of Anarchy: Republic and State in early modern France,” a study of the French polity from mid fourteenth to the early eighteenth century. Under review at Cambridge University Press.
"Hit the Road, Jacques: geographic and social mobility in early modern France." Multiple chapters done; probably completion in 2011-12 academic year.
Articles and chapters
In progress

« The Three Sisters : Rethinking the origins of modern liberal constitutions ». This article builds on the talk I gave in Warsaw on May 3, 2008 about the Constitution of the 3rd May, and the papers given in Aberdeen and in York in May 2009.


In press
« Le règne d’Henri IV: un premier tentative du capitalisme agricole en France? » Le règne d’Henri IV: un tournant de l’histoire de France?, ed. M. de Waele (Québec : Presses Universitaires de Laval, in press).
« Women and the origins of the capitalist consumer economy, » for a collection on a new paradigm for women’s history in early modern France, edited by Daryl Hafter and Nina Kushner. The essay examines economic change in middling and small towns (<10,000 pop.) in the first half of the eighteenth century ; it focuses on women as producers, rather than consumers.
Published
« Pierre Goubert, » in French Historians 1900-2000 New Historical Writing in Twentieth-Century France, P. Daileader and P. Whalen, eds. (NY and London: John Wiley & Sons, 2010).
“Pierre de Saint Jacob, “ in French Historians 1900-2000 New Historical Writing in Twentieth-Century France, P. Daileader and P. Whalen, eds. (NY and London: John Wiley & Sons, 2010).
“The Constitution of the Third May (1791) in European context,” Lex est Rex in Polonia et in Lithuania. (Warsaw: Supreme Constitutional Tribunal of Poland, 2009), 119-144. The Supreme Constitutional Tribunal hosted a series of conferences in 2007-08 on this theme. They published the essays in Polish and an English-language version is in press.
“County Republicans’ and the Concept of Active Citizenship in Sixteenth-Century Poland and France,” in Citizenship and Identity in a Multinational Commonwealth: Poland-Lithuania in Context, 1550-1772, ed. K. Friedrich and B. Pendzich (Leiden: Brill, 2009), ch. 8.
“La campagne bourguignonne à la fin du XVIIe siècle », in Campagnes en mouvement en France du XVIe au XIXe siècle. Autour de Pierre de Saint Jacob, ed. A. Follain, (Dijon: Éditions Universitaires de Dijon, 2008), 235-250.
“Guerres et fiscalité » in Actes du colloque d’Avallon. Vauban, opposant et réformateur, ed. J. Bart (Avallon: Cercle Condorcet de l’Avallonnais, 2008).
« L’influence de Pierre de Saint Jacob sur l’historiographie anglophone, » in Des terroirs et des hommes. Études sur le monde rural et le pays bourguignon (essays of Pierre de Saint Jacob) (Dijon: Éditions Universitaires de Dijon, 2008), 443-450.
“Beyond History: Memory and Justice at Oradour-sur-Glane, Contemporary French Civilization XXXI, n. 2 (2007): 203-230.
Translation de domicile; Rethinking Sedentarity and Mobility in the Early Modern French Countryside,” French History 20, n. 4 (2006): 387-404. Earlier, shorter version given to the Society for French History, Southampton, UK, July 2006.
”De la république française à l'état français: Duplessis-Mornay et la transformation de la citoyenneté en France,” Servir Dieu, le roi et l’État. Philippe Duplessis-Mornay (1549-1623), Albineana 18, ed. H. Daussy and V. Ferrer (Niort: Cahiers d’Aubigné, 2006): 325-339.

”The influence of Henri de Valois’s Polish experience on his reign as King of France,” in Rzeczpospolita wielu Wyzna, (Krakow, 2004), 499-516. (Text translated into Polish for publication.)


“Le surintendant Sully: était-il un financier?” in Sully tel qu’en lui-même, ed. B. Barbiche. The essays on Sully appear as part of the Études et documents, v. XII, 2000. (Paris: Comité pour l’histoire économique et financière de la France, 2003), 29-37.
 « Le marquis-colporteur: la légende et la réalité de Gilles Ruellan”, in Pourvoir les finances en province sous l’Ancien Régime, ed. F. Bayard. (Paris: Comité pour l’histoire économique et financière de la France, 2002), 211-223.
“Noble Political Ideology and the Estates General of Orléans and Pontoise: French Republicanism,” Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, 27, n. 2 (2001): 219-40.
”La Guerre de la Ligue et le Bien Public,” in Autour du traité de Vervins, guerre et paix en Europe à la fin du XVIe et au début du XVIIe siècle, ed. J.-F. Labourdette. (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2001), 81-96.
« Du suzerain au souverain: La gestion du domaine breton,” in Les finances en province sous l’Ancien Régime, ed. F. Bayard. (Paris: Comité pour l’histoire économique et financière de la France, 2000), 151-66.
« Les États de Bretagne et l’Édit de Nantes,” in Paix des armes, paix des âmes, ed. P. Mironneau and I. Pébay-Clotte (Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 2000), 269-78.
”Le bonheur paysan: la distribution de la terre à Fétigny, hameau mainmortable, sous l’Ancien Régime,” in Le bonheur est une idée neuve. Mélanges en l’honneur du Professeur Jean Bart. (Dijon: Presses Universitaires de Dijon, 2000), 111-24.
“Le conflit des élites locales et la naissance de l’état moderne,” Cahiers d’histoire 45, n. 4 (2000): 645-76.
“State building in early-modern Europe: the case of France,” Modern Asian Studies (1997): 603-634. Re-issued in V. Lieberman (ed.), Beyond Binary Histories: Re-imagining Eurasia to c. 1830 (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999), 159-190.
“Le marchand de luxe: l’inventaire de Pierre Le Brun, marchand ‘flamand’ aux États de Bretagne (1632),” with Alain Croix, in Église, Éducation, Lumières ... Histoires culturelles de la France (1500-1830). Mélanges en l’honneur du Professeur Jean Queniart. (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 1999).
"Nantes à la lueur d’un feu: l'incendie de la rue de la Casserie, 1680," in Bretagnes: Art, négoce et société de l’Antiquité à nos jours. Mélanges en l’honneur du Professeur Jean Tanguy. (Brest, 1996), 253-66.
”Les finances bretonnes du XVIIe siècle: un modèle pour la France”?, in Les finances de l'Ancien Régime, ed. J. Weiss. (Paris: Comité pour l’histoire économique et financière de la France, 1997), 307-16.
"La formation et la reproduction des magistrats du Parlement de Bretagne: question sociale ou question politique”? in Les Parlements de Province, ed. J. Poumarède and J. Thomas. (Toulouse: Framespa, 1996), 601-20.
"Sully et la Bretagne," XVIIe Siècle (1992): 77-94.
"Geographic and social mobility in early modern France," Journal of Social History 24,

n. 3 (1991): 563-77.


"Un problème toujours mal connu: les finances de Henri IV," in Avènement d'Henri IV Quatrième Centenaire. Colloque de Pau, ed. P. Tucoo-Chala. (Pau: Association Henri IV, J & D Éditions, 1990), 145-64.

"The Economic Role of Women in Seventeenth-Century France," French Historical Studies 16, n. 2 (1989): 436-70.

"The Role of Atlantic France in the Baltic Trade: Dutch Traders and Polish Grain at Nantes, 1625-1675," Journal of European Economic History (1984): 239-89.

"La flotte normande au commencement du 17e siècle: le mémoire de Nicolas Langlois (1627)," Annales de Normandie (1984): 161-80.


"Taxation and peasant revolts in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century France," Proceedings of the Western Society for French History (1982): 164-76.
"Les impôts et le commerce du vin en Bretagne au XVIIe siècle," Actes du 107e Congrès National des Sociétés Savantes (1982): 155-168. Conference in Brest, 1982.

"Sur l'histoire fiscale du XVIIe siècle: les impôts directs en Champagne entre 1595 et 1635," Annales E. S. C. (1979): 325-47.


Encyclopedia entries
Encyclopedia of Early Modern Europe, ed. J. Dewald. (NY: Scribner’s, 2003). Articles on “Absolutism,” “Brittany,” and “Estates, Orders, and Social Classification.”
Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, ed. J. M. H. Salmon. (NY: Scribner’s, 2001). Article on “Brittany.”

Papers (2000-present only; published conference papers not repeated)

“Un parricide raté: Jean Chastel et Henri IV,” Régicides en Europe du XVe au XIXe siècle. Colloque international, Pau, June 2010.


“Taxes and borderlands in early modern France,” Discontinuous taxation: borders and tax collection in the Iberian Empires (XVI-XVIII centuries), Seville, June 2010.
“Le pouvoir municipal et l'écroulement de l’Ancien Régime: question sociale ou question politique ?” L'exercice du pouvoir municipal en France de la fin du Moyen Age à 1789, Rennes, February 2010.
“Women and the Birth of Modern Consumer Capitalism,” Western Society for French History, October 2009, Boulder, CO.
“The Impact of Historical Crises on Contemporary Politics: The Legacy of the Fronde & the Famine of 1709.” Dynamics of Power in early modern France, Conference in honor of Roger Mettam, IHR, London, July 2009.
“Citizens and Subjects: Defining 'absolute power' in early modern France,” University of Sussex, June 2009.
“Cross pollination: The secret life of parishes.” Seventh Warwick Symposium on Parish Research: Microhistory – Parish History – Local History, University of Warwick, May 2009.
"East meets West: Constitutions and the flow of political ideas in eighteenth-century Europe and America.” Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York, May 2009.

School of Advanced Study, University of London, Power and Faction at the early modern court, Roundtable in honour of the 70th birthday of Roger Mettam, May 2009.


“European constitutional history: rethinking 19th-century paradigms,” University of Aberdeen, May 2009.
"Beheading the Body Politic: Parricides and Politics in the France of Henri IV,” Centre for early modern Studies, University of St. Andrews, April 2009.

“Approaches to the History of the French State,” University of Reading, February 2009.


“State and Commonwealth in Early Modern Europe: The French Case in a Comparative Framework,” IHR, London, January 2009,
“L’état dans la France moderne: l’optique Anglophone,” Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, January 2009.
“The geography of social mobility in late 17th-century Champagne,” Western Society for French History, Québec, November 2008.
“Nation and patrie in early modern French political practice,” The Transformation of Christian Europe:  Princes, Dynastic Agglomerations and Fatherlands in Shaping European Society, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, June 2008.
“The Constitution of the Third May (1791) in European context,” Supreme Constitutional Tribunal of Poland, Warsaw, 3 May 2008.
“Power in early modern France,” Keynote address, Society for the Study of French History, Brighton, UK, July 2006.
“The Republic and the State,” Lazarski School of Commerce and Law, Warsaw, March 2006.
“A tale of two brothers: Andrea Chénier and the French Revolution,” Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, September 2005.
“Women in early modern France: a new paradigm,” International Federation for Research in Women's History, Belfast, August 2003.
“Les concepts de ‘nation’ et de ‘citoyen’ en France du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle,” Professeur invité, public lecture, École Nationale des Chartes, Paris, December 2002.
“Citizenship and authority in early modern commonwealths,” Limits of Authority: State Power and Civic Society in Central and Eastern Europe, Pecs University, Hungary, May 2002.
“Hit the road, Jacques! Mobility and stability in early modern France,” IHR, London, May 2002.
“Nation and identity: reconsidering the history of France,” Richard Welch Lecture, Lafayette College, April 2002.
« Un pélerin américain suit les traces d’un chercheur français: la ville et la campagne dijonnaise de Roupnel,” Colloque International Gaston Roupnel, Dijon, December 2001.
“Jewish identity in early modern France: the ‘Portuguese’ of Nantes,” Western Society for French History, November 2000.
Between 1982 and 1997, I gave 32 papers at various conferences, in the United States and abroad; most titles available on request.

Teaching
1985- present Georgetown University: Professor (1992- present); Associate Professor (1989-92); Assistant Professor (1985-89)

2011 École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris: Professeur invité

2006 Lazarski School of Commerce and Law, Warsaw, Poland: Visiting lecturer

2002 École Nationale des Chartes, Paris: Professeur invité

1981-85 Lafayette College: Assistant Professor

1979-81 Columbia University: Instructor (79-80), Mellon Fellow (80-81)
My courses at Georgetown include: the two-semester general education required class, European Civilization; upper-level undergraduate courses on early modern Europe and on history and film; and graduate colloquia and seminars on social, cultural, intellectual, and economic topics in early modern European history.
Professional Service
Series co-Editor, “New Studies in European History,” Cambridge University Press, 1999-

Series co-Founder and co-Editor, “Changing Perspectives on Early Modern Europe,” University of Rochester Press, 2002-

Grant Reviewer, American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowship Program, 2008-09.

Recovering Lost Histories, Warsaw, multiple sponsors, Dec. 2006; May and Dec. 2007.

Co-President, Society for French Historical Studies, 1998-99.

Executive Council, Society for French Historical Studies, 2000-02.

Executive Council, Société Henri IV, 1997-

Editorial Board, French Historical Studies, 1996-99.

Governing Council, Western Society for French History, 1997-1999; 1985-87.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Grant Reviewer, 1993-94; 1994-95; 1997-98.

Organizing and Program Committee, International Congress on the History of the French Revolution. (May 1989).

Co-Director, Colloquium on Popular Culture in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Folger Shakespeare Library, 1988-91.

Director, Lafayette Sesquicentennial Conference, 19-21 September 1984, Lafayette College.

Consultant, Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ, 1984-87.

Consultant, United Nations Population Fund, 1979-91.

Manuscript reviewer for various presses and professional journals; book reviewer for various journals (American Historical Review, Journal of Modern History, Revue d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine, etc.).

Promotion and/or tenure reviewer for various universities in Canada, the UK, and the U.S.; external dissertation reader (York University, Dr. Daphne Bonar; U of Maryland, Dr. Jeremy Hayhoe); habilitation jury, Dominique Le Paige, Dec. 2008 (Nantes).
At Georgetown
2010 Faculty Executive Council, representative of History Dept.

2007-10 Faculty Senate

2000-03 Chair, History Department

2001-02 University Rank and Tenure Committee

1995-98 Faculty Executive Council, representative of History Dept.

1991-95 Director of Graduate Studies in History

1993-95 Main Campus Academic Committee

1993-94 Graduate School Executive Council

1990-93 University Steering Committee for Middle States Evaluation

1990-93 Provost's Task Force on Women in the Curriculum

1989-92 Graduate School Research Council

1991-94 Executive Council of Center for German and European Studies

1989-90 Head, Steering Committee, History Department Self-Study
Various departmental committees: 15 search committees; merit evaluation committee (12 times); author of department’s study of salary inequities, etc.

Fellowships, Grants, and Honors

2009 Leverhulme Visiting Research Professor, United Kingdom (based in the University of Sussex’s Centre for Early Modern Studies)

2007 Fellow, Institute for Civic Space and Public Policy, Warsaw, Poland (declined)

2002 Professeur invité, École Nationale des Chartes, Paris

2002 Richard Welch Lecturer, Lafayette College

1998-99 Andrew Mellon Foundation, two-year grant for Summer Seminars, “Worthy of Faith: Issues in Interpretation of Sources across Disciplines”

1991 National Endowment for the Humanities, summer grant

1986 National Endowment for the Humanities, summer grant

1980-81 Andrew Mellon Society in the Humanities, Columbia University, Fellow

1980 American Council of Learned Societies, post-doctoral grant

1979 National Endowment for the Humanities, dissertation selected for presentation to the People’s Republic of China, as one of three model social science/humanities theses, used to help re-establish PhD programs in those fields in China

1979 Economic History Association, post-doctoral grant

1975-76 Dissertation Fellowship, École des Hautes Études (Paris)


Grants from Home University
2004 Georgetown University, Senior Faculty Research Grant (competitive)

1986-2006 Georgetown University, faculty summer grants (competitive); 12 grants

1982-85 Lafayette College, various research grants

1979 Columbia University, Herman Ausubel Prize (Best Dissertation in European History, 1977-78, 1978-79); dissertation committee: J.M.W. Smit (mentor), Eugene F. Rice, Herbert Klein, Julian Franklin, C. Lowell Harris.

1977-78 Columbia University, Lane Cooper Fellow

Summary of Academic Background


University of Rochester, BA, 1971

Columbia University, Ph.D., with distinction, 1978

Columbia University, Mellon Fellow, 1980-81

Lafayette College, Assistant Professor, 1981-85

Georgetown University, Assistant Professor (1985-89), Associate Professor (1989-92), Professor (1992- ).

Referees
William Beik, Professor Emeritus, Emory University. wbeik@comcast.net

Mack Holt, Professor of History, George Mason University. mholt@gmu.edu

John Merriman, Charles Seymour Professor of History, Yale University. john.merriman@yale.edu







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