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Prof. De. Peter Robert Campbell

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Name: Prof. Dr. Peter Robert Campbell


Berufliche Stellung: Professor für "histoire moderne" an der Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin & Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Sussex

Mein aktuelles Projekt in Freiburg: I am here with two projects. The first is to contribute to the programme on friendship and patronage in history. The second is to complete my interpretative monograph on state failure and the origins of the French Revolution, for Oxford University Press.







  • Crisis and Revolution. State Failure and The Origins of The French Revolution is approx. 250 pp. (O.U.P. for delivery October 2012.)


I see this as a major new way of looking at the origins of the French Revolution, of wide interest to scholars in related fields. It is a highly interpretative book, offering a new framework for understanding crisis and the process of revolution, in France but also in general.


  • ‘Rethinking the Origins of the French Revolution’, in P. McPhee, ed, Companion to the French Revolution, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, December 2012, 12,000 words



  • Luís XIV, trans Isabel Andrade, 245 pp., 70,000 words (Editorial Presenca Lisbon, 2009).


  • Conspiracy in the French Revolution, Manchester University Press, 2007 (edited with Tom Kaiser and Marisa Linton)


  • The Origins of the French Revolution (Palgrave UK, 2005), viii + 371 pp.


  • Power and Politics in Old Régime France, 1720-1745 (Routledge, 1996), xii + 420 pp. for 180,000 words.


  • Louis XIV, (Addison, Wesley, Longman, Dec. 1993, 5th repr. 2000)


  • Louis XIV e la Francia del suo tempo, trans of above (Il Mulino, Bologna: 1998) 195 pp.


  • The Ancien Régime in France (Blackwell, Oxford: 1988) 45,000 words



Recent Articles:

  • ‘La Cour et les modèles du Pouvoir’, with Chantal Grell, in Marcello Fantoni, ed., The Court in Europe (Italy: Rome, Bulzoni collection "Europa delle Corti", 2012, pp. 175-92)



  • ‘Le cardinal de Fleury, ou comment devient-on le précepteur de Louis XV’, Histoire de l’Education, no 132, octobre-décembre 2011: 49-72, in a spécial issue on the éducation of Louis XV. 8,000 words.


  • ‘Absolute Monarchy in France’, in W. Doyle, ed, The Ancien Régime, O.U.P., 2011. Chapter 2, pp. 11-37, 16,000 words. *


  • ‘La rhétorique patriotique et le monde parlementaire’, in Alain Lemaître, Fragments d’un discours républicain. Le vocabulaire politique du monde parlementaire au XVIIIe siècle (Presses Universtaires de Rennes, 2010), 193-220. 13,000 words, on 1770-1789.


  •   ‘The Politics of patriotism in later eighteenth century France’, French History, 2010, 24 (4): 550-575 14000 words





  • 'Voltaire et le parlement de Paris' in SVEC, vol 206: 10 (2006), pp. 359-75.


  • ‘The origins of the Revolution in focus’, in Peter R. Campbell, ed., The Origins of the French Revolution, Palgrave, 2006, pp. 1-34, & notes 305-11, 18,000 words.


  • ‘The Paris parlement in the 1780s’, in Peter R. Campbell, ed., The Origins of the French Revolution, Palgrave, 2006, pp. 87-111 & notes 315-18, 12,000 words.


  • ‘Conspiracy in the French Revolution, Introduction.’ With Kaiser and Linton, in P. Campbell, ed, Conspiracy in the French Revolution (MUP, Manchester: 2007) pp. 1-14, 8,000 wds


  • ‘Perceptions of conspiracy on the eve of the French Revolution’, in P. Campbell, ed, Conspiracy in the French Revolution (MUP, Manchester: 2007), pp. 15-41, 12,000 wds


  • 'Conspiracy and political practice from the ancien régime to the French Revolution', in J. Swann, ed., Conspiracy in early Modern Europe, (Ashgate: 2004) pp. 197-212. 7,000 wds



Recent Competitive Honours and Fellowships/Professorships:

  • Visiting Fellow, University of Freiburg, May-December 2012


  • Membership, Institute For Advanced Study, Princeton, 2010.


  • Applicant 2008 & Host and for successful Leverhulme Visiting Professorship held at Sussex by Professor James Collins, Georgetown, USA, 2009.
  • ‘Pouvoir et Histoire en Europe, XVe-XVIIIe siècles’, an international collaborative (12-scholar) project based in the Research Centre, Château de Versailles, and funded by the EC. 2007-09, 319,000 euros


  • Arts and Humanities Research Council: Competitive Research Leave Scheme, 2005-6


  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 2000-2001 ‘Ideology and politics’


  • British Academy Research Leave Award 1998 ‘Patriotism in 1780s


Recent conference papers:


  • ‘Crisis and Revolution. The state and the origins of the French Revolution’. Early Modern Seminar, Albert-Ludwig-Universität, Freiburg, 20 June 2012.


  • ‘French ministers in the eighteenth century’, Institutions or Individuals? Delegated personifications of highest-level state authority in Early Modern Europe, FRIAS School of History, Albert-Ludwig-Universität Freiburg, June 30 to July 1, 2011


  • ‘Rethinking the Origins of the French Revolution’, Modern History Seminar, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 20 October 2010.


  • Discussant: ‘The early modern state in comparative perspective’: Power and the State in early modern Europe, International conference, Birkbeck College, 13 & 14 July, 2010


  • Round table chair and organiser, ‘The Origins of the French Revolution’, at The French Revolution The Bicentenary comes of Age, Portsmouth, 4-5 July 2010


  • ‘Le patriotisme au XVIIIe siècle, peut-on parler de la naissance d’une idéologie?’ Savoirs et idéologies en politique, Genèse, circulation, transmission. Séminaire du groupe d’analyse politique, Université de Nanterre, 19 May 2010


  • ‘Les hommes du roi et la résolution d’une crise parlementaire, 1730-2’, Hommes et gens du Roi dans les parlements (XVIe-déb. XIXe siècle) 4-5-6 March 2010, Bordeaux, Université de Bordeaux 3.


  • ‘Pre-revolution and the concept of crisis’ at ‘The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy: an international conference in honour of Bill Doyle, FBA’, The British Academy, Carlton House, 15-15 December, 2009.


  • ‘La cour et les modèles du pouvoir’ with Pr. Chantal Grell, ‘Les cours en Europe: bilan historiographique’. Colloque international, Centre de recherches du château de Versailles, 24, 25 & 26 September 2009.


  • Introductory Address: ‘The dynamics of Power in Early Modern France’ at international conference, ‘The Dynamics of Power in Early Modern France’, Institute of Historical Research, 4 July 2009.


  • ‘The rhetoric of patriotism and the parlements’, 23rd International Conference for the Society for the Study of French History, Dublin, 29-30 June, 2009-09-28. Also Chair for panel: ‘Early Modern Historiography’.


  • Chair and co-organiser ‘Le républicainisme antique et la Révolution française’, 19 June, 2009, Université de Versailles St Quentin, Bibliothèque municipale, Versailles.



  • Postadresse:

    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1288
    c/o Historisches Seminar
    Rempartstr. 15 - KG IV
    79085 Freiburg 
  • Besuchsadresse:

    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1288
    Erbprinzenstraße 13
    79098 Freiburg
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