Jean Bérenger

Jean Bérenger (born October 2, 1934) is a French historian, director of research at the CNRS, professor at the Faculty of History of the University of Strasbourg and, starting from 1990, at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

Jean Bérenger
Born (1934-10-02) 2 October 1934 (age 87)
OccupationHistorian, university professor
Board member ofProfessor at the Faculty of History of the Paris-Sorbonne University
AwardsLimantour Prize (2005)
Academic background
Alma materParis-Sorbonne University
Academic work
Main interestsHistory of Central Europe, History of Eastern Europe, Military history, Habsburgs[1]

Bérenger specializes in the history of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and in military history, mainly of the modern era,[2] but has also published works on the contemporary era. His doctorate dealt with the history of Austria and Hungary in the 17th century.


In 1974, he suggested other historians of the 17th century to "see, and study, minister-favorites not only in a national context but as a 'European phenomenon.'"[3] His seminal 1974 Annales article on "royal favourites" has been credited as an important comparative study on the subject.[4] He argued that the simultaneous success of several 17th-century minister-favorites in their respective countries was not coincidental, but reflected some change that took place in the period. J.H. Elliot and Lawrence Brockliss's work (that culminated in the collection of essays The World of the Favuorite), undertaken to explore the matter put forward by Bérenger, became the most important comparative treatment of this subject.[4]

In 1975, he published what in the 2020s was still the only modern survey of the financial relationship between Government and Estates in the period between the Peace of Westphalia and the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle.[5]

Incomplete list of worksEdit

  • Tolérance ou paix de religion en Europe centrale : 1415-1792, Honoré Champion, 2000 ISBN 978-2-7453-0189-5
- Prix Monseigneur-Marcel 2001 of the Académie française