Evenings with an Author: Diana Cooper-Richet
December 11 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min
Diana Cooper-Richet will present the history of British residents and visitors in France since the 1789 Revolution and discuss their social evolution. During the first half of the nineteenth century it was mainly elites who came to France to enjoy the Parisian theatres and museums. By the 1850’s, thanks to Cook’s tours, more and more Brits crossed the Channel to visit the International Exhibits held in Paris. At the end of the twentieth century, the Brits who decided to purchase houses in France, living there seasonally or permanently, were modest families. They did not speak much French, but wanted to own a property they could never dream of back home. This long companionship between the French and the Brits has left many traces – sports, art, food, fashion…. and one musn’t forget that Haute Couture was invented by an Englishman!
Cooper, who is British, Canadian and French, studied at Science Po (Paris), holds a PhD from Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne and a HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) from the Université de Versailles, where she is senior researcher in contemporary history at the Centre d’histoire culturelle des sociétés contemporaines (and previously Vice-President of International Relations). Her recent research is centered on the history of the international circulation of ideas and print culture. She is the author of six personal books, editor of several collective books, and of numerous articles.