Paul Maneuvrier-Hervieu

Dernière modification le 29/08/2020

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Doctorant, Université de Caen / Université de Rouen

Membre de l'équipe HISTEMÉ (Environnement & Sociétés)

Membre du pôle Sociétés et espaces ruraux
Membre du pôle Espaces maritimes, sociétés littorales et interfaces portuaires

Thesis title : Normandy in the Atlantic Economy during the Eighteenth Century. Production, trade, and crises

French Title : La Normandie dans l'économie atlantique au 18e siècle. Production, commerce et crises

Advisors : Jean-Marc Moriceau & Michel Biard


Éléments biographiques

PhD Candidate in Economic History at the University of Normandy
Teaching assistant at the University of Geneva - Paul Bairoch Economic Institute
Visiting Student at the University of Chicago
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After getting a Master’s Degree in Medieval and Modern History, I started my PhD in 2015 at the University of Caen-Normandy. My thesis contributes to the literature on the long-term development and consequences of various shocks on a regional economy. I have built several datasets on food riots, trade, industries, wages and prices. I have also been investigating the effects of the Eden-Treaty on the process of industrialization. In addition, I am contributing to the literature on the origins of the French Revolution and the debate on its economic consequences.

I am also a data enthusiast, and during the first years of my PhD, I developed, alongside the digital cluster of the University of Caen-Normandy, using xml format, a database on food riots during the Eighteenth century, which will be available soon. I am currently looking for collaboration to extend its historical content and create a European database on social conflicts during the early modern period.

During my visiting at the University of Chicago, under the supervision of Paul Cheney, I started in parallel to my dissertation a work on colonial history during the 18th century using archival documents and archeological data. I wrote an article on log books of Norman slave ships and with a cluster of archeologists and historians, I am working on a paper on the “auxiliary industries” of the Atlantic Trade. I am also very interested in the food provisions of the colonies.

Besides this, I started a project two years ago with Cédric Chambru focusing on wages and living standards in Normandy from the end of the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Together, we have built a new database on wages and prices to contribute to the debate on the Great Divergence in Europe by documenting the French case. We have also collected a new dataset for a demographic study.

Since September 2018, I have been working at the University of Geneva as a teaching assistant in economic history for Bachelors students.


Current Position

2018 – 2020 : Teaching Assistant at the University of Geneva, Paul Bairoch Institute of Economic History.

2015 – : PhD Candidate at the University of Caen-Normandy under the supervision of Jean-Marc Moriceau et Michel Biard

Visiting Positions

2016 (Autumn) : University of Chicago, division of Social Sciences, under the supervision of Paul Cheney.


2013-2015 : Master’s degree in History at the University of Caen Normandy (Scumma cum Laude)

Dissertation : “The Grains of Wrath. The Pays de Caux during the “War of Wheat” : sociological and political approach”, with unanimous congratulations from the jury.

2012 : Licence (BA) in History – University of Caen Normandy, with honors.


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