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SYMPOSIUM France and the American Revolution : At War and at Peace

  • La Maison Française @ the Embassy of France 4101 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007 United States (map)

THURSDAY, April 11 at 7:00 P.M.

at La Maison Française - Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC


SECURITY RULESEach person attending the event must have a ticket registered in their name and a government-issued ID that matches the name on the reservation in order to enter the Embassy.

No need to print your ticket, but no one will be admitted without reservation and proper ID.

Due to strict security measures, please arrive on time, doors will be closed at 7 p.m. sharp. Please allow extra time for security screening.

Limited street parking available on Reservoir Road. We encourage you to use taxi, ridesharing or public transportation.


France and the American Revolution : At War and at Peace

The American Revolution: A World War, an exhibition at the National Museum of American History and a companion book of the same name, highlight the degree to which the American Revolution became a global war, in which the Americans relied heavily on support from other nations, most notably France and Spain. The war was fought across five continents and three oceans, with over 200,000 French and Spanish fighting against Britain, almost as many as the Americans. Over 90% of all the arms used by the Americans came from overseas, as well as $30 billion in foreign aid. These international dimensions of the war ultimately determined its outcome and led to the establishment of the United States of America.

In a panel discussion at La Maison Française – Embassy of France on April 11, four scholars who authored essays in the book will discuss how the American alliance with France shaped both the conduct of the war both in North America and around the world, as well as the complex peace negotiations that ultimately ended it. 

Speakers at the event will include:

Olivier Chaline, Professor of Early Modern History at Sorbonne Université (Paris) and author of La France et l’indépendance américaine

David J. Hancock, Professor of History at the University of Michigan and author of a forthcoming biography of William Fitzmaurice, second Earl of Shelburne, principal British negotiator of the Peace of Paris on 1783 between Britain and the United States.

David K. Allison, Senior Scholar at the National Museum of American History as well and curator of The American Revolution: A World War exhibition

Larrie D. Ferreiro, Professor of History and Engineering at George Mason University in Virginia and author of Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It.

The discussion will be introduced by the French ambassador to the U.S., Gérard Araud and the Director of the National Museum of American History, Anthea M. Hartig, and will be followed by a reception.

This event is organized by the National Museum of American History and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and is made possible thanks to the support of the French-American Cultural Foundation.


Earlier Event: April 11
CONCERT | Levine Music
Later Event: April 15
Piano concert by Calenna Garbä