Dr Julian Wright
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Julian Wright is an intellectual historian, especially interested in French political culture and political ideas since 1789. His current research is concerned with the problem of time, focusing on ideas about the present as a way of understanding debates within politics, culture and society, particularly in the period between 1870 and 1945. His recent research on time and post-revolutionary culture has resulted in a book on the French socialist movement, Time Present, Time Future: Socialism and Modernity in France, under review with Oxford University Press, which casts new light on the way modern political culture was challenged by intellectuals and politicians within the French left. With a particular focus on biography and the intimate history of left-wing intellectuals, the book emphasizes the 'human scale' of time as it shaped debates about revolution and change in modern society.
Julian is working with historians and scholars in other disciplines to explore further the 'human scale of time' as a way of recalibrating our understanding of modern politics, ideas and art from 1870 to the Second World War. Alongside this intellectual and interdisciplinary work, a new research project will examine the social experience of time in groups of people who lived 'outside time' in the Second World War: prisoners-of-war, resistance fighters living in clandestinity, the bereaved, and other groups who were obliged to reconstruct a sense of temporal scale to their lives in extreme and difficult circumstances.
Julian is senior co-editor of the journal French History. He is musical director of The Durham Singers, a chamber choir drawn from across the region: www.durham-singers.org.
- Political and intellectual history of France, 1870-1940
- Political thought and historiography
- Reformist socialism in France
- 2003 The Regionalist Movement in France, 1890-1914: Jean Charles-Brun and French Political Thought, Oxford University Press, 304 pp.
Chapter in book
- 2015 'A lesson in revolution: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto', in Hammersley, Rachel (ed.), Revolutionary Moments: Reading Revolutionary Texts, Bloomsbury, pp. 109-116
- 2012 'Vision and reality: Joseph Paul-Boncour and Third Republic pluralism', in Wright, Julian & Jones, H. S. (eds.), Pluralism and the Idea of the Republic in France, Palgrave, pp. 179-197
- 2008 'One mind at Locarno? Aristide Briand and Gustav Stresemann', in Steven Casey & Jonathan Wright (eds.), Mental Maps in the Era of Two World Wars, Palgrave, pp. 58-76
- 2007 'Aristide Briand et les problèmes d’un socialiste indépendant', in Jacques Bariéty (ed.), Aristide Briand, la Société des Nations et l’Europe, 1919-32, Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, pp. 440-47
- 2004 'Charles-Brun et l’idée du régionalisme: réalisme et réconciliation', in Mireille Meyer (ed.), Le régionalisme: Jean Charles-Brun, Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques (CTHS), pp. 45-61
- 2012 (co-edited with Jones, H. S.) Pluralism and the Idea of the Republic in France, Palgrave Macmillan.
- 2013 'Socialism and political identity: Eugène Fournière and intellectual militancy in the Third Republic', French Historical Studies 36, pp. 449-478
- 2012 'Réformisme et historiographie révolutionnaire. Georges Renard et Eugène Fournière, historiens du XIXe siècle', Mil neuf cent. Revue d'histoire intellectuelle 30, pp. 21-38
- 2011 'Les réformistes au secours d’une femme en deuil. Une petite histoire de réseaux et de recherches socialistes à la veille de la Grande Guerre', Cahiers Jaurès 200, pp. 163-172
- 2009 'After the Affair: the Congrès de la Jeunesse and intellectual reconciliation in 1900', French History 23, pp. 491-516
- 2008 (co-authored with Christopher Clark) 'Regionalism and the state in France and Prussia', European Review of History: Revue europeenne d'histoire 15, pp. 277-93
- 2008 'Tradition, modernity and the regionalist Republic: a response to Philip Whalen', Cultural Analysis 6, pp. 63-66
- 2007 'The State and the Left in Modern France: Historiographical essay', French History 21, pp. 450-472
- 2005 'Joseph Paul-Boncour: regionalism, syndicalism and the Third Republic', Nottingham French Studies 44, pp. 66-81
- 2005 'Social reform, state reform and Aristide Briand's moment of hope in France, 1909-10', French Historical Studies 28, pp. 31-67
- Modern European history
- Political history of France, 1780-1870
- Politics and culture in France, 1880-1914