Paradis et Pouvoir: Two Visions for French Empire in the Late Eighteenth Century

Date: Monday, February 25, 2013
Time: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Location: 205 Gorgas Library
Cost: Free 

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After France lost its North American territory in 1760 and 1763, the ancien régime is often assumed to have abandoned its imperial aspirations in the Atlantic. However, as early as 1761 and well into the 1770s, the French crown undertook schemes to regain prestige and influence in the Atlantic and globally. Christian Ayne Crouch reveals the continued life of the French empire in the second half of the 18th century and explains how the disastrous defeats of the Seven Years' War and the loss of New France informed the process of refining, perfecting, and even reinventing, the French imperial mode.

Christian Ayne Crouch is an assistant professor of history at Bard College. She specializes in eighteenth-century Atlantic history, with a focus on the French Atlantic and the Seven Years' War. Her book, The Savage Nobles: New France and Martial Practice in the French Atlantic Empire will be published by Cornell University Press in spring 2014.

This event is sponsored by the History Department, the Bankhead Fund, the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, and the Diversity Committee at the University of Alabama.

For more information please contact Dr. Holly Grout ( or Dr. Jenny Shaw (, Department of History.

Contact Info: Jenny Shaw, (205) 348-1860,

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