Marc Ferro

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Marc Ferro
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Born 24 December 1924 (1924-12-24) (age 93)
Paris, France
Occupation Historian

Marc Ferro (born 24 December 1924 in Paris) is a French historian. He has worked on early twentieth-century European history, specialising in the history of Russia and the USSR, as well as the history of cinema.

His Ukrainian-Jewish mother died during the Holocaust.[1]

He is Director of Studies in Social Sciences at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. He is a co-director of the French review Annales and co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary History.

He has also directed and presented television documentaries on the rise of the Nazis, Lenin and the Russian revolution and on the representation of history in cinema.[2]


  • La Révolution de 1917, Paris, Aubier, 1967 (reprinted in 1976, then in 1997 at Albin Michel) [English translation: October 1917 : a social history of the Russian revolution , translated by Norman Stone, 1980]
  • La Grande Guerre, 1914-1918, Paris, Gallimard, 1968 (reprinted 1987) [English translation: The Great War, 1914-1918, 1972][3]
  • Cinéma et Histoire, Paris, Denoël, 1976 (réédité chez Gallimard en 1993) [English translation: Cinema and history, translated by Naomi Greene, 1988]
  • L'Occident devant la révolution soviétique, Brussels, Complexe, 1980
  • Suez, Brussels, Complexe, 1981
  • Comment on raconte l'histoire aux enfants à travers le monde, Paris, Payot, 1983 [4]
  • L'Histoire sous surveillance : science et conscience de l'histoire, Paris, Calmann-Lévy, 1985 (reedited in 1987 by Gallimard)
  • Pétain, Paris, Fayard, 1987 (reedited in 1993 et 1994)
  • Les Origines de la Perestroïka, Paris, Ramsay, 1990
  • Nicolas II, Payot, Paris, 1991
  • Questions sur la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, Paris, Casterman, 1993
  • Histoire des colonisations, des conquêtes aux indépendances (XIIIe-XXe siècle), Paris, Le Seuil, 1994
  • L'internationale, Paris, Noesis, 1996
  • Les sociétés malades du progrès, Paris, Plon, 1999
  • Que transmettre à nos enfants (with Philippe Jammet), Paris, Le Seuil, 2000
  • Les Tabous de l'histoire, Paris, Nil, 2002
  • Le Livre noir du colonialisme (director), Paris, Robert Laffont, 2003.[5]
  • Histoire de France, France Loisirs, 2002 (ISBN 978-2744151897)
  • Le choc de l'Islam, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2003
  • Le Cinéma, une vision de l'histoire, Paris, Le Chêne, 2003
  • Les Tabous de L'Histoire, Pocket vol. 11949, NiL Éditions, Paris, 2004
  • Les individus face aux crises du XXe siècle-L'Histoire anonyme, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2005
  • Le ressentiment dans l' histoire. Odile Jacob, 2007. English (2010): Resentment in History, ISBN 978-0745646879 (paperback)


  1. ^ Kevin J. Callahan "16 Marc Ferro (1924- )" in Philip Daileader & Philip Whalen, French Historians 1900-2000: New Historical Writing in Twentieth-Century France, John Wiley & Sons (2010), p. 240
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  3. ^ translated by Nicole Stone. Routledge; 2nd edition, 2001, ISBN 978-0415267359
  4. ^ reedited in 1986 by Payot, ISBN 978-2228800303
  5. ^ paperback 2010 (ISBN 978-2818501092)
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