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Dzavid DzanicDzavid Dzanic, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

I am a historian of modern Europe, with a focus on France and the French Empire. In my research, I examine the intersection between imperialism, law, religion, and diplomacy. More broadly, I am interested in studying modern European history and the history of ideas from a global perspective. My book manuscript, “The Civilizing Sea: The Ideological Origins of the French Mediterranean Empire, 1789-1870,” examines the history of French imperial expansion in Egypt, Italy, and Algeria between the 1789 Revolution and the beginning of the Third Republic in 1870. Relying on archival sources in local languages, this project represents the first comprehensive study of interactions between French military officers and indigenous populations around the Mediterranean, and it seeks to address a central question: to what extent did the legal, political, and theological debates that arose out of these interactions frame the emergence and durability of the French Mediterranean Empire? 

I teach courses on modern world history, modern France, Europe, and the Middle East, as well as historical methods and historiography.


Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016

Contact Info

Office: HH-306
Telephone: (931) 221-7920
E-mail: dzanicd@apsu.edu

Courses Taught

Research Interests

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“The Regency of Tripoli in French Imperial Thought.” The Maghreb Review 45, no. 2 (2020): 347-371.

“Informal Empire and International Law in Tunisia after the French Revolution.” Journal of North African Studies 25, no. 3 (2020): 386-414.

“Between Fanaticism and Loyalty: Algerian Prisoners within the French Mediterranean Empire.” Journal of North African Studies 20, no. 2 (2015): 204-224.

“’Le germe de la liberté’: les républicains du Bas-Canada et les révolutions européennes de 1848.” Mens: Revue d’histoire intellectuelle de l’Amérique française 9, no. 1 (2008): 35-80.

Book Reviews

Review of L’Algérie et la France: deux siècles d’histoire croisée, by Gilbert Meynier; Le désordre colonial: l’Algérie à l’épreuve de la colonisation de peuplement, by Hosni Kitouni. Journal of North African Studies 25, no. 3 (2020): 476-78.

Review of Incidental Archaeologists: French Officers and the Rediscovery of Roman North Africa, by Bonnie Effros. Modern & Contemporary France 27, no. 4 (2019): 524-25.

Review of Sétif, la fosse commune: massacres du 8 mai 1945, by Kamel Beniaiche. Journal of North African Studies 23, no. 5 (2018): 901-4.

Review of Imperial Unknowns: The French and British in the Mediterranean, 1650-1750, by Cornel Zwierlein. Mediterranean Historical Review 33, no. 1 (2018): 122-25.

Review of Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa, by Ousmane Oumar Kane. Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 47, no. 1 (2018): 140-42.

Review of The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History, by Cemil Aydin. Journal of Religious History 42, no. 2 (2018): 298-301.

Review of La conquête de l’Algérie: la dernière campagne d’Abd el-Kader, by Jacques Frémeaux. Modern & Contemporary France 25, no. 2 (2017): 232-33. 

Review of French Mediterraneans: Transnational and Imperial Histories, edited by Patricia M. E. Lorcin and Todd Shepard. Journal of North African Studies 22, no. 2 (2017): 303-6. 

Review of La France en terre d’islam: empire colonial et religions, XIXe-XXesiècles, by Pierre Vermeren. Journal of North African Studies 22, no. 2 (2017): 306-8.