Interview with Robert O. Paxton, on the Writing of History and Ego-history

  • Robert O. Paxton
  • Manuel Bragança
  • Fransiska Louwagie
Part of the The Holocaust and its Contexts book series (HOLC)


In this interview, Robert O. Paxton is invited to reflect on the writing of his own ego-history, published in 2007, and, more generally, on the writing of history across different national and academic contexts. The discussion then moves to the influence of other disciplines on history, including on his own work. Finally, Paxton reflects on the reception of his work and on the importance of the Vichy period in contemporary France.


  1. Klemperer, Victor. 1947. LTI—Lingua tertii imperii. Berlin: Aufbau.Google Scholar
  2. Paxton, Robert O. 1997. French Peasant Fascism: Henry Dorgères’s Greenshirts and the Crises of French Agriculture, 1929–1939. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Paxton, Robert O. 2004. The Anatomy of Fascism. New York: Knopf.Google Scholar
  4. Paxton, Robert O. 2007. A Mid-Atlantic Identity. In Why France?: American Historians Reflect on an Enduring Fascination, ed. Laura Lee Downs and Stéphane Gerson, 35–46. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert O. Paxton
    • 1
  • Manuel Bragança
    • 2
  • Fransiska Louwagie
    • 3
  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.University College DublinDublinIreland
  3. 3.University of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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