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Jacques Bainville - Profils et réceptions

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Edited By Olivier Dard and Michel Grunewald

Issu d’un colloque organisé les 13 et 14 mai 2009 à l’université Paul Verlaine – Metz avec le soutien de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Lorraine ainsi que du Centre Régional Universitaire Lorrain d’Histoire et du Centre d’Etudes Germaniques Interculturelles de Lorraine, le présent volume consacré à Jacques Bainville (1879-1936) s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une série de publications relatives à l’Action française et à ses réceptions. Les 13 contributions de spécialistes français et étrangers qu’il regroupe ont pour objet d’analyser et de confronter les différents profils et les réceptions de cette figure de proue de l’Action française et de la Revue universelle dont différents ouvrages majeurs ont été récemment réédités. Sont ainsi examinées différentes facettes du personnage (l’historien, le journaliste économique, le géopoliticien) et différents temps forts de son activité et de son rayonnement en France (premier conflit mondial, hommage posthume). Le volume met aussi l’accent sur un aspect jusque-là largement ignoré des études bainvilliennes : sa réception à l’étranger. L’ouvrage envisage en particulier les cas allemand, américain, anglais, belge, portugais et roumain.

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Abstracts Abstracts Guillaume Gros In the bainvillien heritage, posterity and scientific works have especially retained, beyond the journalist he used to be, the figure of the committed historian, a prophet and a visionary, as well as his part as the representative of a historical school called «capetian», whose purpose was to bring back the Ancien Régime. After publishing his first works at the New, National Library, J. Bainville asserts himself, from 1924, with his Histoire de France, in the collection «Major Historical Studies» at Fayard. From his editorial success ensues an unusual thing which is his historian legitimacy and especially a historiographical position that seems to establish himself as a «foil» to the University. The daily practice of journalism in all its forms, in the highly politicized context of the thirties, leads Jacques Bainville to become the historian of the immediate with his Histoire de la Troisième République while the University gives up the political arena. This ability to capture the news, through the prism of a culture antirepublican to better restore history, from the stakes of the present, based approach of a historian who can also reflect on how history is written (Nouveau dialogue dans le Salon d’Aliénor en 1926) while claiming to draw his inspiration from the romantic Jules Michelet who supports a subjective history against Charles Seignobos who is the representative of a scientific history. Olivier Dard Biographies and studies about Jacques Bainville often focuse on his reflexions about international relations, particularly between...

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