The Huguenots: History and Memory in Transnational Context

Essays in Honour and Memory of Walter C. Utt


Editor: David J.B. Trim
The essays in this book examine the role of history and memory in shaping the transnational Huguenot diaspora. They explore the impact of Huguenot émigrés on the societies in which they settled and in particular the way that Huguenot history, and collective memory of that history, shaped the relationships between the Huguenots and their host communities. The essays show how a ‘Huguenot’ identity was preserved, re-shaped, and manipulated, both by the descendants of the original Huguenots and among the broader communities in which they settled. The essays also show how the collective memory of the Huguenot past that had emerged among European and American Protestants played a critical role in the transformation of Huguenot identity over four centuries.

Contributors include H. H. Leonard, Gregory Dodds, Lisa Diller, Robin Gwynn, D. J. B. Trim, David Onnekink, Andrew C. Thompson, Vivienne Larminie, Randolph Vigne, Paul McGraw
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Biographical Note

D. J. B. Trim, PhD, FRHistS, is Director of the Archives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. Recent publications include, as co-editor, European Warfare 1350-1750 (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Humanitarian Intervention—A History (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Review Quotes

"In the end, the contributors, while addressing largely traditional themes, have advanced new and valuable perspectives. The emerging portrait of this substantial and well-known early modern refugee community is in some ways familiar, in others unanticipated. The findings are invariably nuanced and discerning."
Raymond A. Mentzer, University of Iowa. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 2 (Summer 2012), pp. 603-604.

‘’This collection presents the reader with a variety of ways trough which the Huguenot exile experience can be understood and it should provide scholars in a number of related fields some interesting approaches and ideas with which to engage’’.
Jameson Tucker, University of Warwick. In: Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2013, p. 185.

Table of contents

i. Stanley G. Payne: In appreciation of Walter Utt
ii. Eric Anderson: Walter C. Utt, my colleague
1. D. J. B. Trim (Introduction): The Huguenots and the experience of exile (sixteenth to twentieth centuries): History, memory and transnationalism
2. H. H. Leonard: The Huguenots and the St Bartholomew’s massacre
3. Gregory Dodds: ‘Sham of liberty of conscience’: Huguenots and the problem of religious toleration in Restoration England
4. Lisa Diller: How dangerous, the Protestant stranger? Huguenots and the formation of British identity, c.1685-1715
5. Robin Gwynn: Strains of worship: The Huguenots and Nonconformity:
6. D. J. B. Trim: The Huguenots and the European wars of religion, c.1560-1697: soldiering in national and transnational context
7. David Onnekink: Models of an imagined community: Huguenot discourse on identity and foreign policy
8. Andrew C. Thompson: The Huguenots in British and Hanoverian external relations in the early eighteenth century
9. Vivienne Larminie: Exile, integration and European perspectives: Huguenots in the Pays de Vaud, Switzerland
10. Randolph Vigne: Testaments of faith: Wills of Huguenot refugees in England as a window on their past
11. Paul McGraw: The memory of the Huguenots in North America: Protestant history and polemic


All those interested in Huguenot studies, and scholars and students working in early-modern French history, early-modern British history, religious history, the history of the Church of England, sociology of religion, diaspora studies, and transnational history.

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