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List of notable or famous historians from France, with bios and photos, including the top historians born in France and even some popular historians who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French historians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These historians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known historian from France is included when available.

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Albert Sorel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Historians from France
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Albert Sorel


Albert Sorel, was a French historian. He was born at Honfleur and remained throughout his life a lover of his native Normandy. His father, a rich manufacturer, wanted him to take over the business but his literary vocation prevailed. He went to live in Paris, where he studied law and, after a ...more

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Age: Died at 64 (1842-1906)

Birthplace: Honfleur, France

Profession: Historian

Alexis de Tocqueville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Historians from France
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Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville was a French political thinker and historian best known for his works Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution. In both of these, he analyzed the improved living standards and social conditions of individuals, as well as their relationship ...more

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Age: Died at 54 (1805-1859)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Historian, Lawyer

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Auguste Molinier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Historians from France
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Auguste Molinier


August Molinier was a French historian. He was born at Toulouse. He was a pupil at the École des Chartes, which he left in 1873, and also at the École des Hautes Études; and he obtained appointments in the public libraries at the Mazarine, at Fontainebleau, and at Sainte-Geneviève, of which he was ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1851-1904)

Birthplace: Toulouse, France

Profession: Librarian, Historian

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Augustin Cabanès


Dr. Augustin Cabanès was a French doctor, historian and author of numerous works of fiction and history. He was known for his books on historical medical mysteries. He studied medicine in Bordeaux and Paris, defending his doctorate in 1889 with a thesis involving Hydrastis canadensis. As a ...more

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Age: Died at 66 (1862-1928)

Birthplace: Gourdon, France

Profession: Historian, Physician, Writer