Margaret H. Darrow

Professor Emerita of History

Margaret Darrow is a modern European historian specializing in French social and women's history. Recently her work has focused on women and war — specifically French women in the Franco-Prussian War and the First World War. After receiving her PhD from Rutgers University, she joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1980. Her first book, Revolution in the House; Family, Class and Inheritance in Southern France, 1775-1825 (Princeton University Press, 1989) is a study of the impact of the French Revolution upon family relationships and practices, especially marriage and inheritance, in the early nineteenth century. Since that book, her research moved a century forward and resulted in the publication of French Women and the First World War: War Stories of the Home Front (Berg, 2000). Her current research explores French women's patriotism and citizenship at the end of the nineteenth century. A special issue of French Historical Studies in the spring of 2008 published part of this research as "'In the Land of Joan of Arc:' The Patriotic Education of Girls and the Prospects of War in the Early Third Republic." Professor Darrow is also a member of the faculty of the Gender and Women's Studies Program.




  • B.A. Douglass College
  • Ph.D. Rutgers University

Selected Publications

  • Making Sister Julie: The Origins of World War I French Nursing Heroines in Franco-Prussian War Stories in Alison Fell and Christine Hallett, eds., First World War Nursing: Visions and Revisions , forthcoming from Routledge.

  • "In the Land of Joan of Arc: The Civic Education of Girls and the Prospect of War in France, 1871-1914," French Historical Studies , D Bell and M Hanna (eds.), 31:2 (2008).

  • French Women and the First World War: War Stories of the Home Front , (2000).

  • "French Volunteer Nursing and the Myth of War Experience in World War I," American Historical Review , 101:1 (February 1996) 80-106.

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Works In Progress

Women's citizenship in modern France