John Merriman, who received his PhD 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, fourth edition underway, and published in Chinese translation in 2016); and The Stones of Balazuc: A French Village in Time (2002, was published in Chinese translation in 2015), available in French as Mêmoires de pierres: Balazuc, village ardéchois (Paris, 2005), and in Dutch, as well as Chinese (2014); and Police Stories: Making the French State, 1815-1851 (Oxford University Press, 2005). 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. It is forthcoming in Chinese. Yale University Press published a second edition in 2016, with a new preface discussing several of the recent terrorist attacks in France, as well as in Charleston, South Carolina. Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune was published by Basic Books in New York in 2014 and by Yale University Press in Great Britain. It was published in Portuguese translation in Brazil and is forthcoming in Dutch, Spanish, and Chinese.
“And My Frigidaire is Here!”: Gender and Family Life in Postwar France
John Merriman reviews “From Vichy to the Sexual Revolution” by Sarah Fishman....