My most recent work concerns African resistance to European expansion. The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire (Harvard, 2011) aims both to narrate this signal event in global history and to follow the Adwa story as it rolls through African and European diasporic communities. A companion web site BattleOfAdwa.org augments and extends this work.
Earlier work elaborated the political culture of counter-revolution, notably in art, architecture, and ritual. France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart: an Epic Tale for Modern Times (California, 2000) explores key features of the cold civil war that simmered for over a century after the Revolution of 1789. The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War (California, 2005) adopts the biographical form to follow an unusual personality as she navigates the boundary between divine inspiration and hysteria. Le Sacré-Cœur; histoire d'une dévotion du XVIe au XXe siècle (Geste, 2004) developed these themes for a francophone audience.
Industry and Politics in Rural France, 1870-1914 (Cornell, 1994) subverts the conventional story of the making of the European working class by focusing on unconventional members of it.
I am currently working on a global history of the Mexican Second Empire. Additional information can be found at raymondjonas.org
- Jonas, Raymond. The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.
- Jonas, Raymond. “Vox Dei, Vox Populi: Sacred Art and Popular Politics in the French West.” In Nationalism and French Visual Culture, 1870-1914, June Hargrove and Neil McWilliam, editors. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2005.
- Jonas, Raymond. The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.
- Jonas, Raymond. Le Sacré-Coeur: Histoire d'une dévotion du XVIe au XXe siècle en 30 questions. La Crèche: Geste éditions, 2004.
- Jonas, Raymond. “Sacred Tourism and Secular Pilgrimage: Montmartre and the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur.”Montmartre and the Making of Mass Culture. Gabriel Weisberg, editor. New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London: Rutgers University Press, 2001.
- Jonas, Raymond. France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart: An Epic Tale for Modern Times. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.
- Jonas, Raymond. “L’Année Terrible, 1870-1871.” In Le Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre; un voeu national, edited by Jacques Benoist, 31–41. Paris: DAAVP, 1995.
- Jonas, Raymond. Industry and Politics in Rural France: Peasants of the Isère, 1870-1914. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994.
Division: Europe--Medieval to Modern Times
Europe and the Modern World
This field aims to provide a familiarity with some of the great themes, problems, and events in the history of modern Europe, including but not limited to Europe’s larger global engagements. It offers a foundation for advanced study of a thematic or regional nature, a basis for comparative historical study within Europe and beyond, and preparation for the teaching of entry-level and advanced undergraduate surveys in the field.
Students preparing Europe and the Modern World as a graduate field should take the graduate field course (HSTEU 513) and at least one other graduate level course under my supervision.
This field aims to provide a serviceable familiarity with the history of France from the Revolution of 1789 to the present. For much of the period--at least until 1945--France was regarded not only as a great power, but as the hub of global modernity in such diverse domains as architecture, art, political culture, philosophy, science, and fashion. An understanding of French politics and culture in these years is fundamental to the study of modern Europe and much of the world.
France was home to claims of universal human rights; it was also, paradoxically, the home to a global empire, touching Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Thus, the French field serves as a foundation for advanced study of one of the great national histories of continental Europe, but it also serves as the basis for comparative historical study within Europe and beyond.
Students preparing Modern France as a graduate field should take the graduate field course (HSTEU 521) and at least one other graduate level course under my supervision.