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Laura Lee Downs

Professor of Gender History (ca. 1789 to the present) Downs2

 

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 571 / 541
Email Laura.Downs@EUI.eu

Administrative Assistant: Francesca Parenti

Postal address: Department of History and Civilization | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence - Italy 

Villa Salviati, Manica - Office SAMN 226 - Office Hours: Mondays, 15:00-17:00. For appointments please contact: Francesca Parenti

 

Fields of Research


  • Modern Europe, with an emphasis on France and Great Britain
  • Comparative labor history
  • History and social theory
  • Gender history
  • Comparative history of childhood
  • Comparative history of social protection 

Languages


English, French, Italian

Current Seminars at EUI


Current Research Projects


Professor Downs’s current research explores the shifting relationships between the social and the political in twentieth-century Europe via the comparative study of civil society mobilizations around social welfare in France and Great Britain from about 1870-1970. This research has given rise to three separate book projects:

A ‘Perpetually Moving Frontier’? Social Protection, Civil Society and the State. France and Great Britain, 1870-1970

Pour sauver les enfants. Évacuation civile et mouvements d’enfants en France, 1939-1949

Women’s Social Action and the Reconfiguration of Politics on the Right. France and Great Britain, 1918-1960 

Selected Recent Publications


  • «‘And so we transform a people’: Women’s Social Action and the Reconfiguration of Politics on the French Right, 1934-1947», Past and Present 225 (November 2014), 2-39.
  • «Le travail», La Première guerre mondiale, sous la dir. de Jay Winter, Tome III, Fayard, Paris, 2014.
  •  «War Wor», in Jay Winter, ed., The Cambridge History of the First World War, Volume III, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014, 72-95. 
  • «La République garantit l’égalité des citoyennes », in Marion Fontaine, Frédéric Monier et Christophe Prochasson, eds. La République démystifiée. Une contre-histoire de la IIIe République, Paris, La Découverte, 2013, 138-49.
  • «Enfance en guerre : Les évacuations d’enfants en France et en Grande Bretagne1939-1940 », Annales, H.S.C. 66-2, avril-juin 2011, 413-48.
  • «'Nous plantions les trois couleurs’: Action sociale féminine et recomposition des politiques de la droite française. Le mouvement Croix-de-feu et le Parti social français, 1934-1947 », Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine 58-3, juillet-septembre 2011, 118-63.
  • “’Each and every one of you must become a chef’”: Towards a social politics of working-class childhood on the extreme right in 1930s France”, Journal of Modern History, March 2009, 1-44.
  • Writing Gender History, London, Arnold Press, 2004; 2e edition, revised and expanded, Bloomsbury Press, 2010.
  • Histoire des colonies de vacances de 1880 à nos jours, Paris, Editions Perrin, 2009.

 

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