Jay M. Smith

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564 Hamilton Hall
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

BA Northern Illinois University, 1983
MA Northern Illinois University, 1985
PhD University of Michigan, 1990

Short Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Jay M. Smith is a specialist of early-modern France, especially in the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Most of his work traces the negotiation of change over time, and he often uses the history of language to gain access to processes of change. Smith has written on the development of royal absolutism, the emergence of patriotic rhetoric and habits of thought under the old regime, the origins of the French Revolution, and the history of the nobility. His most recent book, Monsters of the Gévaudan, places a fantastic legend about a ferocious man-eating beast within the context of its emergence in the 1760s.

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Some Notable Publications

Graduate Students Advised by Jay Smith

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

  • HIST 456—18th Century France
  • HIST 457—The French Revolution, 1787–1815
  • HIST 459—France in the Age of Monarchy, 1337–1715
  • HIST 516—Historical Time
  • HIST 765—Problems in the History of the French Revolution
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