Find out more about the greatest French Historians, including Michel Foucault, Alexis de Tocqueville, Gilles Deleuze, Fernand Braudel and François-René de Chateaubriand.
Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
15 October 1926
French philosopher
Alexis de TocquevilleAlexis de Tocqueville
29 July 1805
 

René GirardRené Girard
25 December 1923
Philosopher

Gilles DeleuzeGilles Deleuze
18 January 1925
Philosopher, Historian, Writer, University

Fernand BraudelFernand Braudel
24 August 1902
Economic historian, Historian, Professor

François-René de ChateaubriandFrançois-René de Chateaubriand
04 September 1768
Author
Gustave Le BonGustave Le Bon
07 May 1841
Physician, Anthropologist, Archaeologist,

Germaine de StaëlGermaine de Staël
22 April 1766
Philosopher

Romain RollandRomain Rolland
29 January 1866
Writer, Playwright, Essayist, Historian, Novelist,
Adolphe ThiersAdolphe Thiers
15 April 1797
Politician

Michel OnfrayMichel Onfray
01 January 1959
Philosopher, Writer, Historian, Essayist, Audio
Ernest RenanErnest Renan
27 February 1823
Philosopher

Marc BlochMarc Bloch
06 July 1886
Historian, Medievalist, University teacher, Writer

Gregory of ToursGregory of Tours
30 November 0538
Historian

Jules MicheletJules Michelet
21 August 1798
Historian, Archivist, Writer, Diarist, Professor,

Robert BrasillachRobert Brasillach
31 March 1909
Writer, Journalist, Film critic, Novelist, Poet,
Prosper MériméeProsper Mérimée
28 September 1803
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Historian,

Jacques-Bénigne BossuetJacques-Bénigne Bossuet
27 September 1627
Priest, Historian, Theologian, Writer, Cleric,

Jean-Yves Le DrianJean-Yves Le Drian
30 June 1947
Politician, Historian

François GuizotFrançois Guizot
04 October 1787
Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Translator,
Louis BlancLouis Blanc
29 October 1811
Journalist, Politician, Historian, Writer

Tzvetan TodorovTzvetan Todorov
01 March 1939
Non-fiction writer, Historian, Semiologist,
Michel de CerteauMichel de Certeau
17 May 1925
Historian, Philosopher, University teacher

Jean-Luc NancyJean-Luc Nancy
26 July 1940
Philosopher, Historian

Fred VargasFred Vargas
07 June 1957
Writer, Archaeologist, Novelist, Historian
Hippolyte TaineHippolyte Taine
20 April 1828
French critic

Jacques BarzunJacques Barzun
30 November 1907
Cultural historian, Historian, Philosopher,
Frédéric OzanamFrédéric Ozanam
23 April 1813
Scholar

Étienne GilsonÉtienne Gilson
13 June 1884
Philosopher, Historian, Politician, Professor,

Pierre NoraPierre Nora
17 November 1931
Historian
Pierre DuhemPierre Duhem
09 June 1861
Historian

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Lucien FebvreLucien Febvre
22 July 1878
Historian
Jacques Le GoffJacques Le Goff
01 January 1924
Historian

Joseph Justus ScaligerJoseph Justus Scaliger
05 August 1540
Scholar

Christian JacqChristian Jacq
28 April 1947
Author

François FuretFrançois Furet
27 March 1927
Historian
Constantin François de Chassebœuf, comte de VolneyConstantin François de Chassebœuf, comte de Volney
03 February 1757
Philosopher
Charles du Fresne, sieur du CangeCharles du Fresne, sieur du Cange
18 December 1610
Historian

Georges DubyGeorges Duby
07 October 1919
Historian

Georges LefebvreGeorges Lefebvre
06 August 1874
Historian

Jean de JoinvilleJean de Joinville
01 May 1224
Chronicler
Prosper of AquitaineProsper of Aquitaine
0390 AD
Writer

Edmond de GoncourtEdmond de Goncourt
26 May 1822
Writer

Edgar FaureEdgar Faure
18 August 1908
Politician

Philippe de ComminesPhilippe de Commines
1447 AD
Writer

Numa Denis Fustel de CoulangesNuma Denis Fustel de Coulanges
18 March 1830
Historian
Edgar QuinetEdgar Quinet
17 February 1803
Historian

Abbot SugerAbbot Suger
1081 AD
French statesman
Geoffrey of VillehardouinGeoffrey of Villehardouin
1150 AD
Historian

Gnaeus Pompeius TrogusGnaeus Pompeius Trogus
Historian

Yves BonnefoyYves Bonnefoy
24 June 1923
Poet
Dudo of Saint-QuentinDudo of Saint-Quentin
0965 AD
Historian

Augustin ThierryAugustin Thierry
10 May 1795
Historian
Henri de BoulainvilliersHenri de Boulainvilliers
21 October 1658
Writer

Charles Forbes René de MontalembertCharles Forbes René de Montalembert
15 April 1810
Publicist

Jean-François MarmontelJean-François Marmontel
11 July 1723
Historian

Jacques BainvilleJacques Bainville
09 February 1879
Historian

Pierre François Xavier de CharlevoixPierre François Xavier de Charlevoix
24 October 1682
Priest
Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-DuperronAbraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron
07 December 1731
Orientalist

Jean Jules JusserandJean Jules Jusserand
18 February 1855
Author

Adémar de ChabannesAdémar de Chabannes
0989 AD
Monk

Avigdor ArikhaAvigdor Arikha
28 April 1929
Painter
Laure Junot, Duchess of AbrantèsLaure Junot, Duchess of Abrantès
06 November 1784
Writer

Élie HalévyÉlie Halévy
06 September 1870
Philosopher
Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de BrantômePierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantôme
1540 AD
Historian

Joseph BédierJoseph Bédier
28 January 1864
Writer

Enguerrand de MonstreletEnguerrand de Monstrelet
1400 AD
Chronicler
FlodoardFlodoard
0894 AD
Priest

François BonivardFrançois Bonivard
1493 AD
Historian
Gabriel HanotauxGabriel Hanotaux
19 November 1853
Statesman

NithardNithard
0795 AD
Historian

Paul HazardPaul Hazard
30 April 1878
Professor
Jean de VenetteJean de Venette
1307 AD
Author

François MignetFrançois Mignet
08 May 1796
Journalist
Victor DuruyVictor Duruy
11 September 1811
Historian

Georges ChastellainGeorges Chastellain
1405 AD
Poet

François-Xavier GarneauFrançois-Xavier Garneau
15 June 1809
Notary

François Victor Alphonse AulardFrançois Victor Alphonse Aulard
19 July 1849
Historian
François LenormantFrançois Lenormant
17 January 1837
Archaeologist
Gennadius of MassiliaGennadius of Massilia
Priest

Jacques Joseph Champollion-FigeacJacques Joseph Champollion-Figeac
05 October 1778
Archaeologist

Jean Lemaire de BelgesJean Lemaire de Belges
1473 AD
Poet

Ferdinand LotFerdinand Lot
20 September 1866
Historian
Claude FleuryClaude Fleury
06 December 1640
Historian

Noël AlexandreNoël Alexandre
19 January 1639
Theologian

Charles-Victor LangloisCharles-Victor Langlois
26 May 1863
Scholar

RigordRigord
1150 AD
Historian

Géraud de CordemoyGéraud de Cordemoy
06 October 1626
Philosopher
Jacques-Auguste de ThouJacques-Auguste de Thou
08 October 1553
Historian

Léon GautierLéon Gautier
08 August 1832
Historian
Christiane Desroches NoblecourtChristiane Desroches Noblecourt
17 November 1913
Author

Claude Charles FaurielClaude Charles Fauriel
21 October 1772
Scholar
Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de TillemontLouis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemont
30 November 1637
Historian
Amable Guillaume Prosper Brugière, baron de BaranteAmable Guillaume Prosper Brugière, baron de Barante
10 June 1782
Statesman