Herman Lebovics

SUNY Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
Curriculum Vitae
SBS S-323
Research Interests
I continue to be interested in 20th century cultural history and theory. My work has focused on issues of culture and the state, and in particular, on the influence of the colonies and overseas dependencies on metropolitan France.

My 2004 book, Bringing the Empire Back Home: France in the Age of Globalism (Duke University Press), is on the politics of the heritage in France from 1968 to the end of the century. To locate that cultural heritage it triangulates Paris, the provinces, and the former colonial empire.

In 2006 I published some of my essays as Imperialism and the Corruption of Democracies (Duke University Press, 2006)

Currently, I am working on the new museums of France, in particular the Musee du Quai Branly and the immigration museum, both in Paris. I believe these, as well as others being created, together represent a major shift in the state's expression of the French national identity.  This is part of a larger comparative project on the proliferation of museums of society in the new millenium which includes studies on museums of society in France, Germany, and the United States.
Scholarly Works

Imperialism and the Corruption of Democracies (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006)


Bringing the Empire Back Home: France in the Global Age (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004).


Mona Lisa’s Escort: André Malraux and the Reinvention of French Culture (Cornell University Press,1999).
--translation La Misión de Malraux (Buenos Aires: EditorialUniversitaria de Buenos Aires, 2001).


True France: The Wars over Cultural Identity, 1900-1945  (Cornell University Press, 1992).
--paper bound, Cornell, June 1994.
--trans. La Vraie France (Paris: Editions Belin, 1995).


The Alliance of Iron and Wheat: Origins of the New Conservatism of the Third Republic, 1860 1914 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1988).


Social Conservatism and the Middle Classes in Germany, 1914- 1933  (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1969).



Building the History Museum to Stop History: Nicolas Sarkozy’s New Presidential Museum of French History, French Cultural Studies 2011


Some New Puzzles About Native American Identity at the Museum of the American Indian, National Historical Museum, Stockholm 2012