Pierre Gaxotte

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Pierre Gaxotte (19 November 1895 – 21 November 1982) was a French historian.

Gaxotte was born in Revigny-sur-Ornain, Meuse. He began his career as a history teacher at the Lycée Charlemagne and later worked as a columnist for Le Figaro. Over the course of his life he authored numerous historical studies, and was elected to the Académie française in 1953.[1]

He is famous for his critical vision of the French Revolution, notably in The French Revolution (1928),[2] and for his rehabilitation of the French 18th century (Louis XV's Century, 1933). He is also known as a right-wing journalist of the Entre-deux-Guerres period.

Works in English translation[edit]

  • The French Revolution, C. Scribner's Sons, 1932.[3][4]
  • Louis XV and His Times, J. B. Lippincott Co., 1934.
  • Frederick the Great, G. Bell and Sons, 1941 [Rep. by Yale University Press, 1942; Greenwood Press, 1975].[5][6]
  • The Age of Louis XIV, Macmillan, 1970.


  1. ^ Académie française (2011). "Pierre Gaxotte (1895-1982)" (in French). Academie-francaise.fr. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  2. ^ Beum, Robert. "Ultra-Royalism Revisited," Modern Age, Summer 1997.
  3. ^ Andrews, George Gordon. "The French Revolution by Pierre Gaxotte," The Journal of Modern History, Vol. V, No. 1, Mar., 1933.
  4. ^ Brinton, Crane. "The French Revolution by Pierre Gaxotte," The American Political Science Review, Vol. 26, No. 6, Dec., 1932.
  5. ^ Trevor-Roper, Hugh. "Frederick the Great," Horizon, July 1941.
  6. ^ Brinton, Crane. "The Aggressor Can Win," The Saturday Review, May 9, 1942.