On December 13, a conference debate will be held at the Café Histoire with historian Jean-Pierre Rioux, entitled: "Populist temptation in Europe". A History Café which tackles - once is not customary - a topical subject, and which aims to better explain what this very vague notion of" populism "is. This Café is organized within the framework of a cycle of Cafés-Histoire on the theme "Conquest of opinion - conquest of power".
Historian Jean-Pierre RIOUX is a specialist in the political and social aspects of contemporary France. He taught at Parix-X Nanterre, at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, and was appointed head of the scientific orientation committee of the Maison de l'histoire de France at the start of 2011. He is the author of the book Les Populismes.
The next Café Histoire conference-debates:
- in January 2012, the case - in Antiquity - of the conquest of power by Caesar. The historian of Antiquity Yann Le Bohec will come and tell us in detail the rise of Caesar, his disproportionate ambition, and the tools and methods he used to conquer people's minds;
- in February 2012, we will go through the Middle Ages to discover how the Dauphin Charles VII succeeded in conquering the recognition and the legitimacy he needed, and this by using Joan of Arc. Speaker: academician Philippe Contamine, renowned medievalist, specialist in the Hundred Years War and Joan of Arc;
- in March 2012, still within the framework of the cycle on the conquest of opinion and power, another king will be the subject of a History Café: Henri IV, also in search of legitimacy in a good context in particular, that of the wars of religion. Academician Jean-Pierre Babelon, specialist in Henri IV, will answer questions from the public.
Café Histoire: The populist temptation in Europe. Tuesday, December 13, 2011, from 8:00 p.m. Bistrot Saint-Antoine, 58 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, 75012 Paris.