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Paul G. Spagnoli

emeritus associate professor

Paul G. Spagnoli

Telephone: (617) 552-3878

Office Location: Stokes Hall, Room S311



PhD, Harvard University, 1974

Fields of Interest

France 1789-1945

Academic Profile

Professor Spagnoli has most recently taught courses on the French Revolution, on nineteenth-century France, and on France in the Age of World War. Most of his past research has been located at or near the intersection of demography and social and economic history. He has used demographic data and methods, for example, to assess the impact of the French Revolution. He has also worked on other aspects of the Revolution, and he is currently working on a collection of documents with commentary on the outbreak of the Revolution in Paris in 1789.

Representative Publications

  • "The Unique Decline of Mortality in Revolutionary France," in Journal of Family History (1997).
  • “The Sudden Decline of French Mortality after 1789: A Benefit of the Revolution?”, in Proceedings of the Western Society for French History (1996).
  • "The Revolution Begins: Lambesc's Charge, July 12, 1789," in French Historical Studies (1991)