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Queen's University

T.B. Smith


Modern Europe (France), comparative public policy,
welfare state, history of globalization 

Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74354
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall 210


Ph.D., Columbia University, 1994 

Courses Taught

Hist 225 European Politics and Society since 1789
Hist 253 History of Public Policy
Hist 345 Evolution of the Modern European State
Hist 411 Globalization, Wealth and Inequality in the West since 1945
Hist 410 Globalization
Hist 423/824 Modern France
Hist 427 Modern European Society
Hist 515 Honour's Thesis
Hist 813 Topics in Modern European History
Hist 835 Comparative Public Policy



1. France in Crisis: Welfare, Inequality and Globalization since 1980 (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Translated as La France injuste (Paris: Editions Autrement, 2006).

2. Creating the Welfare State in France, 1880-1940 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003)

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

1. "The Plight of the Able-Bodied Poor and the Unemployed in Urban France, 1880-1914." European History Quarterly vol. 30, no. 2 (April 2000): 147-184.

2. "Assistance and Repression: Rural Exodus, Vagabondage and Social Crisis in France, 1880 1914," Journal of Social History vol. 32, no. 4 (Summer 1999): 821-46

3. "The Social Transformation of Hospitals and the Rise of Medical Insurance in France, 1914-1943," The Historical Journal vol. 41, no. 4 (Dec. 1998): 1055-1087

4. "Republicans, Catholics and Social Reform: Lyon, 1870-1920," French History vol. 12, no. 3(September 1998): 246-275

5. "The Ideology of Charity, the Image of the English Poor Law, and Debates over the Right to Assistance in France, 1830-1905," The Historical Journal vol. 40, no. 4 (Dec. 1997): 997-1032.

6. "Public Assistance and Labor Supply in Nineteenth-Century Lyon," Journal of Modern History vol. 68, no. 1 (March 1996): 1-30

7. "In Defense of Privilege: The City of London and the Challenge of Municipal Reform, 1875-1890," Journal of Social History vol. 27, no. 1 (Fall, 1993): 59-83.

Articles commissioned by editors

1. "The Nineteenth Century," in Peter Stearns, ed. Encyclopedia of European Social History (New York and London: Charles Scribner's Sons / Macmillan Library, 2000): I, 205-218.

2. "Marginal Peoples," Encyclopedia of European Social History, III, 175-186.

3. "Charity and Poor Relief: The Modern Period," Encyclopedia of European Social History, III, 453-465.

4. "The History of European and North American Social Policy," Radical History Review vol. 69 (Fall 1997): 182-198

5. "Il 'modello sociale francese' nell'era della globalizzazione," Ventunesimo secolo V, 11 (Oct. 2006)

6. "Stuck on the Streets: French Labor," Georgetown Journal of International Affairs 8, 1 (Winter/Spring 2007), pp. 18-23

7. "The Welfare State," Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World(New York: Oxford University Press, 2008)

--several invited newspaper articles and op-eds in Le Figaro, the Globe and Mail, Wall Street Journal, etc. on the crisis of the French social model

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