Nationhood and Nationalism in French History Writing: Franks, Gallo-Romans, and the Shaping of the Roman National

Camille Creyghton, Matthew D'Auria

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The aim of this chapter is to offer an overview of the ways in which French national narratives were construed between the early eighteenth and the late twentieth century. It will shed light on the eighteenth-century origins of the culturally and intellectually dominant nineteenth-century narrative of nos ancêtres les Gaulois. It does so by looking at how scholars, antiquarians, and historians conceived of their “national” past, providing insight into the formation of French historical thought and touching on the most important names, schools, and methodological aspects of French historiography, addressing the issues of the political uses of the past.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of French History
EditorsDavid Andress
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781003823971
ISBN (Print)9780367406820
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2023

Cite this