Charles Seignobos

Seignobos, Charles


Born Sept. 10, 1854, in Lamastre; died Apr. 24, 1942, in Ploubazlanec. French historian.

Beginning in 1890, Seignobos taught at the Sorbonne. He dealt with ancient and medieval history in his early works but later concentrated primarily on modern history. His works, written from a positivist point of view, are filled with concrete historical material; they deal chiefly with political history, especially parliamentary history. Seignobos also wrote works on the methodology of historical research, including Introduction to the Study of History, written in collaboration with C. V. Langlois (Russian translation, 1899).


Le Régime féodal en Bourgogne jusqu’en 1360. Paris, 1882.
Histoire de la civilisation. Paris, 1885.
Le Déclin de l’Empire et l’établissement de la III-e République. (Histoire dela France, vol. 7. Edited by E. Lavisse.) Paris [1921].
Histoire sincere de la nation française, 29th ed. Paris, 1933.
In Russian translation:
Politicheskaia istoriia sovremennoi Evropy. St. Petersburg, 1898.
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