Robert and Isabelle Tombs’s That Sweet Enemy offers either a or the definitive history of Franco-British relations in all their guises, political, economic and cultural. Yet Robert Tombs is also a signatory of ‘Historians for Britain’ – a grouping that signed a letter to The Times in 2013 calling for a renegotiation of the UK’s relationship to the European Union – and in February of this year elected to support the Leave option in the referendum. Proof if proof were needed that tousle-haired Trump wannabes and knuckle-dragging Faragistas do not monopolize that side of the argument … To ask what this might mean for French Studies in the (still-just) United Kingdom may seem perversely narrow in focus, but if that question is not posed in...

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