The Research Centre for Atlantic and International History (EA 1163 - Universities of Nantes and La Rochelle) is one of the most important research centres for History in western France, five-year contract 2017-2021, signed with the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research.

Our Research Centre gathers together researchers in ancient history, medieval history, early-modern history, modern/contemporary history, humanities and languages. Giving a total of 137 members (52 professors and senior lecturers, 3 other academic staff, 4 postdoctoral fellows, 70 PhD students and 7 support staff) and 94 associated  researchers working on a common theme : "From the world to the Atlantic, and from the Atlantic to the world: the processes, spaces and actors of international exchange from Antiquity to the present".

From the World to the Atlantic, and from the Atlantic to the World:

the processes, spaces and actors of international exchange

from antiquity to the present

Our global project for 2017-2021 relies on three main research themes:

Research theme 1

Flows of people, things and knowledge : connections and reconfigurations


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Research theme 2

Rivalry and negociations : international relations, diplomacy and war


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Research theme 3

The dynamics of Alterity : representations and governance of cultural and religious group

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Finally, the CRHIA benefits from a double accreditation, the main academic institution is the University of Nantes and the secondary one is the University of La Rochelle.

CRHIA researchers coordinate several projects (at European, national or regional levels); as an example:

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