“The Capable Man”—The Philanthropic Man—in 19th Century France
Philanthropy and the State in France

“The Capable Man”—The Philanthropic Man—in 19th Century France

Editors’ Note: Continuing HistPhil’s forum on Philanthropy and the State in France, Nagisa Mitsushima discusses philanthropy and electoral democracy during the first half of the 19th century in France. In dialogue with French studies on philanthropy, Mitsushima’s historical research “proposes to transform the view that we usually take on philanthropy, by shifting our analysis of … Continue reading

A Social Construction of Public Interest: The “Reconnaissance d’Utilité Publique” of Associations and Foundations by the Council of State (1870-1914)
Philanthropy and the State in France

A Social Construction of Public Interest: The “Reconnaissance d’Utilité Publique” of Associations and Foundations by the Council of State (1870-1914)

Editors’ Note: Chloé Gaboriaux continues HistPhil’s forum on Philanthropy and the State in France. In this essay, Gaboriaux analyzes “how members of the French Council of State, in charge of authorizing the incorporation of nonprofit organizations, reasoned about the general value of foundations and associations at a time (1870-1914) when the young Republic was defining a … Continue reading

INTRODUCTION: Philanthropies and State Prestige in France, 19th-20th Centuries
Philanthropy and the State in France

INTRODUCTION: Philanthropies and State Prestige in France, 19th-20th Centuries

Editors’ Note: Nicolas Duvoux launches HistPhil’s forum on Philanthropy and the State in France. De-centering U.S. exceptionalism in the history of philanthropy, this forum provides a historical and present-day context to philanthropy in France. For HistPhil readers, this collection of essays furthermore provides an opportunity to analyze vital questions at the heart of civic life: … Continue reading

The State as a symbolic resource in the philanthropic world? The example of the American Friends groups of French cultural institutions
Philanthropy and the State in France

The State as a symbolic resource in the philanthropic world? The example of the American Friends groups of French cultural institutions

Editors’ Note: Anne Monier continues HistPhil‘s forum on Philanthropy and the State in France. Bringing a transnational lens to philanthropic giving in contemporary France (and with a particular focus on American Friends groups), Monier argues that the French State is playing a critical role in encouraging private funding of the country’s cultural institutions. Within this transnational … Continue reading