John Merriman

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Charles Seymour Prof History
Office: 
BR K-13
Phone: 
203-432-0526
Field(s) of interest: 
Europe: Modern France; Urban & social history; Modern European history since the Renaissance


John Merriman, who received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, teaches French and Modern European history. His books include The Agony of the Republic: The Repression of the Left in Revolutionary France, 1848-1851 (1978); The Red City: Limoges and the French Nineteenth Century (1985), published in French as Limoges, la Ville Rouge (1990); The Margins of City Life: Explorations on the French Urban Frontier (1991), French edition Aux marges de la ville; faubourgs et banlieues en France 1815-1870  (1994); A History of Modern Europe since the Renaissance, 2 vols. (1996; second edition 2002, third edition 2009, under contract for translation into Chinese); and The Stones of Balazuc: A French Village in Time (2002, under contract for translation into Chinese), available in French as Mêmoires de pierres: Balazuc, village ardéchois (Paris, 2005), and in Dutch; and Police Stories: Making the French State, 1815-1851 (Oxford UP, 2005).

His edited books include 1830 in France (1975); Consciousness and Class Experience in Nineteenth-Century Europe (1979); French Cities in the Nineteenth Century (1981); For Want of a Horse: Chance and Humor in History (1985); Edo and Paris: Urban Life and the State in Early Modern Europe (with James McClain and Ugawa Kaoru, 1994); and co-edited (and contributed to), with Jay Winter: The Encyclopedia of Europe, 1789-1914 and The Encyclopedia of Europe, 1914-2006, (each 5 volumes, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006). His entries in the latter include “The French Suburban Riots, 2005” and “The Rolling Stones.”

Dynamite Club: How A Café Bombing Ignited the Age of Modern Terror was published by Houghton-Mifflin in 2009, by JR Books in London, and in French translation by Tallandier as Dynamite Club: L’Invention du Terrorisme à Paris.  He is currently writing a book on the Paris Commune of 1871, particularly on Bloody Week (la Semaine Sanglante) to be published by Basic Books.

Merriman received Yale University’s Harwood F. Byrnes/Richard B. Sewall Teaching Prize in 2000, and was awarded a Docteur Honoris Causa in France in 2002, and the “Medal of Meritorious Service to Polish Education” (Medal Kimisji Edukacji Narodowej) awarded by the Ministry of Education of Poland in 2009. Two of his courses are available on line and YouTube through Yale—France since 1871 and Europe, 1648-1945.