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Professor Munro Price

PositionProfessor of Modern European History
LocationP 2.03 Pemberton
DepartmentPeace Studies and International Development
Telephone01274 235572

Research Interests (key words only)

France, history of international relations, modern Europe

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Main teaching areas:

  • modern France from the French Revolution to the 20th century
  • history of international relations from the French Revolution to the First World War
  • history of European imperialism from 1850 to the First World War

Administrative Responsibilities

PhD Mentor, Faculty of Social Sciences; Director of MA Programme, Peace Studies (from September 2016).

Study History

BA (Hons) Cambridge, 1984; PhD (Cambridge), 1989

Professional History

Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Wales, Swansea, 1988-89;

Associate Professor in early Modern History, University of Lyon, 1994-95.

Professional Activities

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society,

Fellow of the Historical Association.

Research Areas

French and European political and diplomatic history from 1750, centring on the French Revolution and the early 19th century.

Current Projects

French foreign policy from the fall of Napoleon to the mid-nineteenth century.



Napoleon: the End of Glory (Oxford University Press, 2014). A German translation (see below) was published in 2015

The Road to Apocalypse: the extraordinary Journey of Lewis Way (with Stanley Price; Notting Hill Editions, London, 2012), shortlisted  for the 2013 Wingate-Jewish Quarterly Book Prize.

The Perilous Crown: France between Revolutions, 1814 – 1848 (Macmillan, 2007).

The fall of the French monarchy: Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and the baron de Breteuil (Macmillan, 2002). Awarded the Enid McLeod Literary Prize 2002 (given by the Franco-British Society), and shortlisted for the Longman-History Today and PEN Hessell-Tiltman History Prizes for 2002.

Preserving the Monarchy: the comte de Vergennes. 1774-1787, (Cambridge University Press, 1995

Editions, London, 2012), shortlisted  for the 2013 Wingate-Jewish Quarterly Book Prize

Louis XVI and the comte de Vergennes: correspondence, 1774-1787 (with John Hardman) (Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, December 1998).


Books in Translation:

Napoleon: der Untergang (Munich, Siedler Verlag, 2015) - translation of Napoleon: the End of Glory.

Louis-Philippe, le Prince et le Roi: La France entre Deux Révolutions (Editions de Fallois, Paris, 2009) – translation of The Perilous Crown.

A Queda da Monarquia Francesa: Luis XVI, Maria Antonieta et o barao de Breteuil (Editora Record, Rio de Janeiro, 2007) – translation of The Fall of the French Monarchy.

Chapters in books and articles:

'Napoleon and Metternich in 1813: some new and some neglected evidence', French History  vol.26, no.4 (2012), pp.482-503.

"Adélaide d'Orléans et la monarchie de juillet", in H Becquet et B Frederking (eds), La Dignité de Roi: Regards sur la Royauté au Premier 19ème Siècle (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2009), pp.153-73.

"Mirabeau and the court: some new evidence", French Historical Studies, vol.29, no.1, winter 2006, pp.37-75.

"The court nobility and the origins of the French Revolution", in H Scott and B Simms (eds), Cultures of Power in Europe during the Long Eighteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp.269-88.

"The 'Foreign Plot" in the French Revolution: a reappraisal", in B. Coward and J. Swann (eds.), Conspiracy and Conspiracy Theory in Early-Modern Europe (Ashgate, 2004), pp.255-68.

"Versailles revisited: new work on the old régime" (historiographical review, Historical Journal,vol.46, no.2, June 2003), pp.437-47.

"The reign of Louis XVI", chapter in William Doyle (ed), Short Oxford History of France (Oxford University Press, 2001), pp.223-48.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Conference Presentations (selected):

  • "The maréchal de Castries and the pre-Revolution”. Paper given to international conference, 'The crisis of the absolute monarchy', in honour of Professor William Doyle FBA, British Academy, December 2009.
  • "The end of the old régime: Lamoignon and Foulon in September 1788". Paper given to international conference, 'The dynamics of power in early-modern France', Institute of Historical Research, University of London, July 2009.
  • "The court nobility and the origins of the French Revolution". Paper given to international conference, 'Cultures of power in Europe during the long eighteenth century', in honour of Professor TCW Blanning FBA, University of Cambridge, September 2005.
  • "The 'Foreign Plot' and the French Revolution". Paper given to international conference, 'Conspiracies and conspiracy theory in early modern Europe', Birkbeck College, University of London, July 2001.

Member of Judges' Panel for the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, and for the Franco-British Society Literary Prize.

In the News/Media

Regular reviewer for the broadsheet press, and contributions to BBC, French and Canadian TV history documentaries.

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