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Charles-Edouard Levillain

Charles-Edouard Levillain

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Charles-Édouard Levillain (born 1971) is a French historian of early modern Britain and the Low Countries. He is currently a professor of British history at Paris Diderot University.

Education and career

Levillain was educated at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He holds a BA in History from the Sorbonne (Paris 1) and a degree in Public Law and Administration from Sciences Po. He obtained his PhD from the New Sorbonne University in 2003.

Levillain has held fellowships at King's College London (1999-2000), the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (2007-2008), Yale University (James Osborne Fellow, 2008-2009), Churchill College, Cambridge (2011), the Casa de Velázquez (2011) and the Leibniz Institute of European History (2014). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2016.

Scholarship

Levillain’s work focuses primarily on the history of Anglo-Franco-Dutch relations under the late Stuarts, with special interest in the figure of Stadholder-King William III (1650-1702). His first book, Vaincre Louis XIV (2010), about the emergence of the Anglo-Dutch alliance against Louis XIV, was awarded the Prix Guizot by the French Academy (2011). His second book, Un glaive pour un royaume (2014), tells the story of militia debates in Stuart England, explaining that the distinction between standing armies and militias has been exaggerated since the seventeenth century for reasons of political convenience. It was praised as a “clear-headed and engrossingly heretical” contribution to historians' knowledge of standing army debates. More recently, Levillain published Le procès de Louis XIV. François-Paul de Lisola (1613-1674), ennemi de la France et citoyen du monde (2015), which charts the intellectual career of the diplomat and Imperial publicist François-Paul de Lisola, one of Louis XIV’s fiercest early critics in Europe. Levillain also co-edited a volume on the reception of Louis XIV’s images outside France between 1661 and 1715, with Tony Claydon. As of 2016, he is researching a new book on Churchill’s Life and Times of Marlborough (1933-1938) and working more broadly on the European historiography of the reign of Louis XIV between 1850 and 1950.

Works

Monographs and edited volumes

  • Le procès de Louis XIV. Une guerre psychologique. François-Paul de Lisola (1613-1674), citoyen du monde, ennemi de la France, Paris, Tallandier, 2015.
  • (with Tony Claydon) Louis XIV Outside In. Images of the Sun King beyond France 1661-1715, Farnham, Ashgate, 2015.
  • Un glaive pour un royaume. La querelle de la milice dans l’Angleterre du XVIIe siècle, Paris, Honoré Champion, 2014.
  • Vaincre Louis XIV. Angleterre, Hollande, France: histoire d'une relation triangulaire (1665-1688), Seyssel, Champ Vallon, 2010.

Articles and essays

  • “French diplomacy and the run-up to the Glorious Revolution: a critical reading of Jean-Antoine d’Avaux’ correspondence as ambassador to the States General (1688)”. The Journal of Modern History, vol.88/1, 2016, pp.130-150.
  • “Un reste apparent de grandeur: la controverse du stathoudérat et la question du déclin de la Hollande (c.1720-c.1750)”, in Regards français sur l’Âge d’Or néerlandais, ed. Catherine Secrétan, Paris, Honoré Champion, 2015, pp. 163–197.
  • “La route des Flandres. La crise de l’Exclusion et l’exil bruxellois du duc d’York (1679)”, Revue XVIIe siècle, n°4, 2013, pp. 663–679. Spanish version in Vísperas de sucesión. Europa y la Monarquía de Carlos II, ed. Bernardo García García and A. Álvarez-Ossorio, Madrid, Fundación Carlos de Amberes, 2015, pp. 239–258.
  • “Monarchie et république 1660-1960”, Deshima, n°8, Les relations franco-néerlandaises, 2014, pp. 95–108. Churchill historien de Marlborough”, Commentaire, n°139, 2012, pp. 781–787.
  • “Une guerre secrète contre Louis XIV. L’Espagne, la Hollande et les projets de révolte de 1674”, Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez, 42-2, 2012, pp. 201–233.
  • Si vis bellum para pacem. Louis XIV, Charles II, Guillaume III d’Orange et la ‘célèbre ambassade’ de 1665”, Revue d'histoire diplomatique, n°3, 2011, pp. 247–268.
  • “Le coup d’État permanent? Papistes et antipapistes dans l’Angleterre des Stuarts (1640-1689)”. Rome, l’unique objet de mon ressentiment. Le territoire disputé de l’église de Rome de la gifle d’Agnani (1303) à la controverse de Ratisbonne (2006), ed. Philippe Boutry and Philippe Levillain, Rome, École française de Rome, 2011, pp. 230–250.
  • “Thomas Macaulay ou comment s’en débarrasser. Autour d’un livre de Steve Pincus. Nouvelles perspectives historiographiques sur la Glorieuse Révolution (1688)”, Histoire,Économie & Société, n°1, 2011, pp. 1–20.
  • “Glory without Power? Montesquieu's trip to Holland (1729) and his vision of the Dutch fiscal-military state”, The Journal of the History of European Ideas, vol.36, 2010, pp. 181–191.
  • “La correspondance diplomatique dans l'Europe moderne (c.1550-c.1750): tentative de définition et problèmes de méthode », in Cultural Transfers : France and Britain in the long eighteenth century. Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, ed. Ann Thomson, Simon Burrows and Edmond Dziembowski, Oxford, Voltaire Foundation, 2010, pp. 43–56.
  • “Les préparatifs de la guerre de Hollande à l’aune d’un incident diplomatique (1669-1670)”, in L’incident diplomatique à l’époque moderne, ed. Lucien Bély and Géraud Poumarède, Paris, Pédone, 2010, pp. 261–280.
  • “Cromwell Redivivus? William III as Military Dictator: Myth and Reality”, Redefining William III. The Impact of the King-Stadholder in International Context, ed. Esther Mijers and David Onnekink, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2007, pp. 159–176.
  • “London besieged? Roger Morrice’s perception of the City’s vulnerability during the Glorious Revolution”, Fear, Exclusion and Revolution: Roger Morrice and Britain in the 1680s, ed. Jason McElligott, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2006, pp. 91–107.
  • “William’s III military and political career in neo-Roman context (1672-1702)”, The Historical Journal, vol.48/2, 2005, pp. 321–350.

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