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Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Centre historique des Archives nationales (French)
French National Archives

Abacho SearchEngine
Abacho Europe: Germany ; Austria ; Switzerland ; UK ; France ; Spain ; Italy ; Turkey.

The Age of King Charles V (1338-1380) (English or French)
1,000 Illuminations from the Department of Manuscripts, The Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

A large French archaeological database numbering nearly 10,000 objects.
"Objets archÈologiques et antiques appartenant aux collections publiques franÁaises."

Art Institute of Chicago Museum

  • Girodet: Romantic Rebel
    Online companion to the exhibition held February - April 2006.
    Sections include: Overview ; Exhibition Themes ; Selected Works ; Additional Resources.

Brookings Institution

Palissy :base de donnÈes sur le patrimoine mobilier
Database of French folk, religious, and scientific history objects.
"La base Palissy recense le patrimoine mobilier franÁais dans toute sa diversitÈ : objets religieux, domestiques, scientifiques et industriels. Elle contient environ 200 000 notices; sous la tutelle du MinistËre de la culture et de la communication."

Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1739-1799)
"Saint-Georges was the son of a slave on a Caribbean plantation. He became a leading figure in classical music in France. He served as music director for Queen Marie-Antoniette, and as Colonel of a Revolutionary Legion...The Web site includes a biographical essay, a bibliography, and a discography of music composed by Saint-Georges."
By Bill Zick

Creating French Culture: Treasures from the BibliothËque nationale de France
Online exhibit from the [U.S.] Library of Congress

Documents of the Revolution of 1848 in France
From the Hanover Historical Texts Project

A Graduate Journal of French and Francophone Studies
- Department of French Studies, Brown University

French language database of over 7500 ethnologically important objects representing 10 French museums.
"L'ensemble de cette base regroupe des objets , ainsi que desdocuments iconographiques (peintures, dessins, estampes,cartes postales, tirages photographiques, plaques de verre...) axÈs sur l'Ethnologie (mais aussi, ‡ plus long terme, sur les sciences et techniques). Ce catalogue s'enrichit rÈguliËtemernt gr‚ce aux informations (notices et images) fournies par les musÈes."

French Feminist Theory
- From Women's Studies Resources, Compiled and Edited by Karla Tonella, University of Iowa.

"FRENCH-FEMINISM is an electronic forum for discussion and experimentation rooted in the works of writers who, taken as a loosely-cohering group, constitute French feminist thought. FRENCH-FEMINISM is an open list - all interested parties are invited and encouraged to participate."

The Haitian Revolution
13-year revolution which culminated in the independence of Haiti from France in 1804.
Sections include: Introduction ; Subject Headings ; Bibliographies ; Indexes, Abstracts & Catalogs ; Scope ; Browsing Areas ; Bibliographical Sources ; Internet Resources ; Frequently Mentioned Texts ; Dictionaries & Encyclopedias.
By Joanne Spadaro, School of Information Science & Policy, University of Albany, SUNY.

The Image of France - (dead link)
An Index of the Records of Prints Authorized for Public Distribution, 1811-1821
"The Image of France is currently complete up to 1822 (January) and comprises about 9800 notices. It is being prepared at the Binghamton University Libraries by George D. McKee."

A History of the CondÈ and Conti Families (French or English)
Histoire des familles Bourbon-Conde et Bourbon-Conti
By Denis Van den Broeck.

International Crisis Group

Library of Congress - American Memory

  • The Rochambeau Map Collection
    "...contains cartographic items used by Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), when he was commander in chief of the French expeditionary army (1780-82) during the American Revolution. The maps were from Rochambeau's personal collection, cover much of eastern North America, and date from 1717 to 1795. The maps show Revolutionary-era military actions, some of which were published in England and France, and early state maps from the 1790s."

Maps of France During the 100 Year's War

Maps of the French and Indian War
[Seven Years War]
From the Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society
Sections include: About the War ; About Maps ; Online Atlas ; View Maps.

National [U.S.] Gallery of Art (NGA)

Old Deerfield, Massachusetts [US] Memorial Hall Museum
Museum of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704
    "Was this dramatic pre-dawn assault in contested lands an unprovoked, brutal attack on an innocent village of English settlers? Was it a justified military action against a stockaded settlement in a Native homeland? Or was it something else?...Explore this website and hear all sides of the storyóthen you decide."
    Sections include: 1704 Home ; Meet the 5 Cultures ; People ; Artifacts ; Maps ; Timeline ; Voices & Songs ; Explanations ; Glossary.

Paris: Urban Sanitation Before the 20th Century
A History of Invisible Infrastructure
By Frederique Krupa

Prints Abound: Paris in the 1890s
Artists represented include Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Paul Gauguin. The most impressive is the Vuillard In-depth Study.
From the Collections of Virginia and Ira Jackson and the [U.S.] National Gallery of Art

Sources écrites de la Normandie médiévale

Time Magazine - The French Resistance
[Re possible U.S.-led war against Iraq]
February 24, 2003 cover story.
By James Graff

Timeline of the 100 Years' War

Siege and Commune of Paris, 1870-1871
"This WWW page contains links to over 1200 digitized photographs and images recorded during the Siege and Commune of Paris cir.1871."
Online exhibit from the Northwestern University Library, Special Collections

University of Georgia Libraries - Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library

  • Selections from the Paris Music Hall Collection
    "The Paris Music Hall Collection comprises over 6,000 original renderings of costume designs and 1,000 original renderings of curtain designs for the music halls of Paris from 1920-1938."

Utopia: The Search for the Ideal Society in the Western World
"This exhibition traces how women and men have, over the space of several thousand years of Western culture, imagined, depicted, described, and created new versions of ideal societies. It seeks to show as well that the history of these places is inseparable from the histories of the people, cultures, and periods that gave birth to them. For each individual dream is really the refracted image of a specific moment in time, an imaginary construct in which specific problems of the concrete world are resolved and happiness ó that most elusive of goals ó is attained...Utopia is the result of a collaborative effort between two of the worldís great libraries, the BibliothËque nationale de France and The New York Public Library.

Wars of Religion
A survey of the conflict

Yahoo! France

French Revolution
Overview of the French Revolution

Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France

French Revolutionary Pamphlets - (dead link)
Three rare pamphlets scanned as a series of experiments by Mark Olsen for the ARTFL Project - (dead link) University of Chicago

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution
"provides an accessible and lively introduction to the French Revolution as well as an extraordinary archive of some of the most important documentary evidence from the Revolution, including 338 texts, 245 images, and a number of maps and songs. Lynn Hunt of UCLA and Jack Censer of George Mason Universityóboth internationally renowned scholars of the Revolutionóserved as principal authors and editors. The site itself is a collaboration of the Center for History and New Media (George Mason University) and the American Social History Project (City University of New York), supported by grants from the Florence Gould Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities."

Revolution and After: Tragedies and Farces
Robert Hooker, Washington State University

Atlas of Napoleonic Cartography in Italy
"This web atlas is a pilot project designed to show the number and variety of manuscript maps surviving from the Napoleonic War period and the value of internet technology for their analysis, dissemination, and use."
- Service Historique de l'ArmÈe de terre

Brown University Library - Center for Digital Initiatives

  • Napoleonic Satires
    "A collection of satirical prints from such noted artists as James Gillray and George Cruikshank."
    • Timeline
      "The following historical essays are provided as a background upon which the caricatures in this collection can be viewed and interpreted."

Companion site to PBS fall 2000 series.
- PBS Online

Napoleon I, Emperor of the French (1769-1821)

Napoleon's Account of the Internal Situation of France in 1804
From the Hanover Historical Texts Project

Napoleonic Guide
An online encyclopedia of the Napoleonic Era
"There are almost 1000 pages of accurate information on the life and times of Napoleon Bonaparte, maps, book and film reviews, the campaigns, battles, armies and it even includes a weekly quiz."
By Robert Moore

Napoleonica (French or English)
Napoleonic Primary Sources
"The aim of - a site creates, designed and run by the Fondation Napoleon- is to put rare or previously unpublished documents of napoleonic interest at the disposal of historians and researchers. On line since November 2000, this site currently presents 4000 original documents taken from the archives of the french Conseil d'Etat. New documents are added every six month.
A high powered search engine and detailed introductions to the collections written by specialists make it possible for users to save precious time and to work on original french primary sources even if they are abroad!"

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