Founded in 1974, the Western Society for French History seeks to promote the study of French and Francophone history. Its international membership includes university faculty and graduate students, independent scholars, and amateur historians in the general public from across the United States and Canada, as well as from France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and many other countries.
Drawing inspiration from the frontier spirit of the North American West, it brings together specialists in the study of France and French culture from a wide variety of interdisciplinary backgrounds, beginning with History, but also embracing Literary Studies, Art and Music History, as well as Political Theory, Philosophy, Anthropology, and Sociology. Since its formation, it has encouraged exploration of French history through an openness to new methods of research, while also continuing to support more traditional fields of interest. Finally, the Society takes pride in its support of graduate education through its scholarship program.