Famous Historians from France

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
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    Albert Sorel

    Albert Sorel (13 August 1842 – 29 June 1906) was a French historian. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature nine times.
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1842-1906)
    • Birthplace: Honfleur, France
  • Alexis de Tocqueville
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    Alexis Charles-Henri-Maurice Clérel, Viscount de Tocqueville (; French: [alɛgzi də tɔkvil]; 29 July 1805 – 16 April 1859) was a French diplomat, political scientist and historian. He was best known for his works Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes, 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). In both, he analyzed the improved living standards and social conditions of individuals as well as their relationship to the market and state in Western societies. Democracy in America was published after Tocqueville's travels in the United States and is today considered an early work of sociology and political science. Tocqueville was active in French politics, first under ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 53 (1805-1859)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
  • Auguste Molinier
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    Auguste Molinier

    Auguste Molinier (30 September 1851 – 19 May 1904) was a 19th-century French historian.
    • Age: Dec. at 52 (1851-1904)
    • Birthplace: Toulouse, France
  • Augustin Cabanès

    Dr. Augustin Cabanès (30 April 1862 – 5 May 1928) 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 physician, he was associated with the Préfecture de la Seine. In 1894, he founded Chronique médicale, a popular journal dealing with unpublished articles on the health of literary and historical figures.
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1862-1928)
    • Birthplace: Gourdon, France
  • Benjamin Stora
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    Benjamin Stora

    Benjamin Stora (born 2 December 1950 in Constantine, French Algeria) is a French historian, expert on North Africa, who is widely considered one of the world's leading authorities on Algerian history. He was born in a Jewish family which left the country following its War of Independence in 1962. Stora holds two PhDs (1974 and 1984) and a Doctorate of the State (1991). His books and articles have been translated into several languages, including English, Arabic, Spanish, German, Russian and Vietnamese.
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Constantine, Algeria
  • Chantal Thomas
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    Chantal Thomas

    Chantal Thomas is a writer.
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Lyon, France