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The Huguenot experience of seventeenth-century France and in the Diaspora is examined through the lens of minority status and assimilation. This volume explains why some Huguenots chose to emigrate instead of being assimilated by the dominant Catholic group, while others recanted their faith and remained in France. Revealing how minority status at home affected the creation of refugee communities outside France, scholars trace the Huguenots' eventual integration into the different host societies that the exiles encountered. Comparing Huguenot diasporic experiences on both sides of the Atlantic, essays focus on Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, British North America (particularly South Carolina and New York), the French Caribbean, New France, and Dutch South Africa. Finally, beyond the issues of persecution, dispersion, and assimilation, several essays study the long-term impact of the Revocation and of le Refuge in examining nineteenth-century Huguenot memory in France and in the Diaspora and the maintenance of a Huguenot identity.
Memory and Identity includes the writings of established scholars Jon Butler, Bernard Cottret, Joyce D. Goodfriend, John Miller, Carolyn Chapell Lougee, Keith P. Luria, Leslie Choquette, Willem Frijhoff, Gérard Lafleur, Lucien Abénon, Philippe Denis, and Raymond A. Mentzer as well as the recent work of newer scholars R. C. Nash, Diane C. Margolf, Timothy Fehler, Charles Littleton, and Bertrand Van Ruymbeke.
This publication is a 6 1/4" x 9 1/4" hardcover book containing 335 pages. It is available at many bookstores and at Amazon.com.
Bertrand Van Ruymbeke is associate professor of American civilization at the Universit?e Toulouse, France. He has published in the fields of Huguenot diaspora, early South Carolina history, and the Anglo-American Atlantic world, and is currently completing a monograph on the Huguenot migration to proprietary South Carolina. Van Ruymbeke lives in Toulouse.
Randy J. Sparks, associate professor of history at Tulane University, is a scholar of American religion and southern history. He is the author of Religion in Mississippi and On Jordan's Stormy Banks: Evangelicalism in Mississippi, 1773-1876. Mr. Sparks lives in New Orleans.