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Noah SHUSTERMAN

B.A. (Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR); M.A. (University of Chicago, Chicago, IL);
Ph.D. (University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, Fall)
Assistant Professor, Department of History, CUHK




Introduction

Address: Room 403, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK, NT, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 3943 1765
E-mail: ncshust@cuhk.edu.hk

Research Projects

My research focuses on the cultural, religious, and political history of Old Regime and Revolutionary France.

Religion and the Politics of Time: Holidays in France from Louis XIV through Napoleon. Catholic University of America Press (2010). My first book, based on my dissertation. It traces the history of religious holidays from the mid-seventeenth century until 1815 - with a detour through the history of the republican calendar during the 1790s.

The French Revolution: Faith, Desire and Politics. Routledge Press (2013). This is a narrative history of the French Revolution aimed at general readers and undergraduates. More than most histories of the era, this book focuses on the ways in which concerns about religion and gender transformed people's experiences during the years 1789-1794. Although it builds on recent works by writers like Nigel Aston and Suzanne Desan, it is inspired above all by Michelet's classic history of the French Revolution.

Some links to things I have written:

  1. French History: Napoleon and the Central Organization of Religious Practice (may require subscription)
  2. The Decline of Religious Holidays in Old Regime France (may require subscription)

Course Offered

Courses To Be Given in 2013-14

  1. HIST3240 Ancient and Medieval Western History

Selected Publications

[A] Publications

  1. The French Revolution: Faith, Desire and Politics. Routledge Press, forthcoming 2013.
  2. "All of his Power Lies in the Distaff: Robespierre, Women, and the French Revolution." Past & Present, forthcoming 2014.
  3. Religion and the Politics of Time: Holidays from Louis XIV to Napoleon. Catholic University of America press, 2010.
  4. "The French Revolution and the Civil Constitution of the Clergy: The Unintentional Turning Point," in Joshua Stein and Sargon G. Donabed, eds., Religion and the State: Europe and North America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Lexington Press, 2012.
  5. "The Decline of Religious Holidays in Old Regime France, 1642-1789." French History, September 2009
  6. "Une Loi de l'Eglise et de l'Etat: Napoleon and the Central Administration of Religious Life, 1800-1815." French History, September 2007
  7. "We're Teaching the Wrong Freud." Chronicle of Higher Education, January 2007

[B] Translations

  1. The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d’Alembert Collaborative Translation Project.
  2. Translations of Christian Holidays and Sunday from French to English. Translations are available via http://www.hti.umich/edu/d/did/

[C] Book Reviews

  1. Peter McPhee, Robespierre: A Revolutionary Life, for H-France
  2. Brian Joseph Martin, Napoleonic Friendship: Military Fraternity, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century France, for H-War
  3. Laurent Turcot, ed., L'Ordinaire parisien des lumières, for H-France
  4. Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent and Christine Blondel, eds., Science and Spectacle in the European Enlightenment, for H-France
  5. Stuart Semmel, Napoleon and the British, for H-War
  6. Matthew Shaw, Time and the French Revolution: The Republican Calendar, 1789-Year XIV, for Journal of Modern History, forthcoming 2013
  7. Jed Buchwald and Greco Josefowicz, The Zodiac of Paris, for French History, forthcoming 2013

[D] Paper Presentations

  1. Maximilien Robespierre, Revolutionary and Priest.
    Western Society for French History, November 2011
  2. The French Revolution and the Civil Constitution of the Clergy: The Unintentional Turning Point
    Roger Williams University Conference on Religion and the State, April 2011
  3. Women, Religion and the Start of the French Revolutionary Wars
    Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, Temple University, February 2011
  4. Politics, Faith and Desire in the French Revolution II: Republicans, Priests, and Heartthrobs
    Western Society for French History, November 2007
  5. Politics, Faith and Desire in the French Revolution I: The Seduction Hypothesis
    Colloquium on the Erotics of Sovereignty, Temple University, September 2007
  6. The Politics of Time and the Politics of the Times, 1642-1695
    Temple University Pre-Modern Colloquium, November 2006