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The French collection is among the larger national collections at the IISH. Materials date back to the emergence of the revolutionary ideology in the second half of the eighteenth century. Since the... [Collection guide]
Louise Michel’s speech of 3 June 1886: what did she really say?In the short biography of Louise Michel by Hélène Saudrais on the IISH website, it is said that the period after 1885 was characterized... [Collection highlight]
In 2009 the Institute received the larger part of the personal archive and part of the library of the French philosopher Jacques D'Hondt. Professor Jacques D'Hondt (1920-2012) was professor at the... [Collection highlight]
From Malaquais' widow, the Institute received the political papers of the Polish-French writer Jean Malaquais (1908-1998). The archive contains several postwar documents on the Gauche Communiste de... [Collection highlight]
In France, at the height of the Terror and a fortnight before the fall of Robespierre, a woman in childbed writes to her mother. An account of mother and daughter love during the French Revolution,... [Collection highlight]
Archives are rarely dull; all that is needed is enough perception to see the drama of the whole human condition, the romance even, lying hidden in the documents. And nowadays, with many IISH archives... [News]
A new web exhibition presents the story of contraception in France in the 19th and 20th centuries. The anarchists Paul Robin and Jeanne and Eugène Humbert were trailblazers and leaders of the neo-... [News]
Many politicians try to deny responsibility for what they have said. Blaming reporters for not quoting correctly is one strategy, misinterpretation is also common. If these strategies do not work... [News]
Escaping the traditional focus on Paris, the author examines the divergent political identities of two occupational groups in Lyon, metal and silk workers, who, despite having lived and worked in the... [Publication]
The events of 1968 have been seen as a decisive turning point in the Western world of even mythical significance. The author takes a critical look at 'May 1968' and questions whether the events were... [Publication]