Doing History: A Timeline of My Book’s Publication

Someone asked me recently about my experience of publishing my book, and as I started thinking about it I realised that I’d never really put it on the page. Looking back over emails, I sketched out a timeline of the publishing process in the hope that it might be useful for anyone curious about how this works. I was very privileged to enjoy a smooth, … Continue reading Doing History: A Timeline of My Book’s Publication

French Wine Terrorism

What on earth is French Wine Terrorism? That’s a pretty reasonable question, to be honest, and it’s one I’m fairly used to hearing by this stage. The glib answer is that it’s the topic of my upcoming book with Manchester University Press, Terror and terroir: The winegrowers of the Languedoc and modern France (due September 2016). In recent times, the word terrorism has come to be … Continue reading French Wine Terrorism

Rugby, Wine and Socialism – New Find!

I’ve written before about how important Rugby, Wine and Socialism are in the South of France. I wrote an article in the journal National Identities, called ‘”Je suis socialiste et quinziste “: Rugby, Wine and Socialism in the Aude since 1976′ that said just that. Rugby has been almost as important to the Midi as its winegrowing, and the Languedoc has long been characterised as an historic … Continue reading Rugby, Wine and Socialism – New Find!

What’s in a name? Merging the Midi

France’s recent reorganisation of the regions has been an important step in altering the framework of the nation. Despite its imminence and its broadly popular reception, it has predictably drawn howls of protest from some quarters. Image: Front Cover of COEA, ‘Le Petit Livre de l’Occitanie’ (Nimes, 4 Vertats, 1971). Scanned from book. In the context of my own research, the re-shaping of the South is particularly … Continue reading What’s in a name? Merging the Midi