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Cynthia A. Bouton

Affiliated Faculty: Women's and Gender Studies
Areas of Speciality
  • Atlantic World
  • French History
  • European Women and Gender
  • European Social History
  • Revolutions
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  • Melbern G. Glasscock Building, 208A
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Ph.D., State Univ. of New York, Binghamton 1985

Research Interests

Cynthia Bouton focuses on early modern and Revolutionary Europe and the Atlantic. She studies the ways that inequities in access to basic subsistence needs—often linked to status/class, gender, race/ethnicity, patronage/political relations, and location—have influenced responses to suffering (both the threat of it and strategies to alleviate it).  Her first book studied responses to a subsistence crisis in 1775 France, several articles explored the history of the politics of provisioning in France from the 17th to the 19th centuries, and her second book analyzed 19th- and 20th-century cultural and political engagements with social violence over food security.  Her next book, “Subsistence, Society, and Culture in the Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century and Age of Revolution,” studies staple food production, marketplace interaction, entangled Atlantic trade networks, and metropolitan and colonial government policies to understand adaptations to the “Atlanticization” of food regimes in the French, Spanish, and British Atlantic during the 18th century and revolutionary era.



The Flour War, Gender, Class, and Community in Late Ancien Régime French Society (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1993)




Book Cover for Interpreting social violence in French culture- Buzançais, 1847-2008


Interpreting Social Violence in French Culture: Buzançais 1847- 2008 (Baton Rouge LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2011)