Anoush Fraser Terjanian
B.A., Joint Honours in History and Political Science, McGill University
M.Phil., Political Thought and Intellectual History, Cambridge University
Ph.D., History, Johns Hopkins University
Address: Department Of History
Anoush Terjanian specialises in the history of commerce, empire, and political thought in eighteenth-century France. Her new book, Commerce and Its Discontents in Eighteenth-Century French Political Thought, was recently published by Cambridge University Press. This research uncovers a tension between “gentle” and “odious” forms of commerce, clustered around the problems of luxury, slavery, piracy, and monopoly. Recognised as such by political thinkers and public intellectuals in the period, this tension indicated an ambivalence toward commerce characterised by the simultaneous exultation of commerce and fear of its deviant forms. The centrepiece of the study is the ten-volume best-seller, the Histoire des deux Indes (1780) – a comparative history of the European empires headed by the Abbé Raynal. Terjanian is currently co-editing Book 17 of the Histoire des deux Indes for the first critical edition of the work.
Terjanian teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Old Regime France, the French Revolution, the European Enlightenments and a seminar on Commerce and Its Critics in Eighteenth-Century Europe. She coordinated “Great Books of Love,” the introductory course for ECU’s Great Books Program and also enjoyed acting as a historical consultant and pre-concert lecturer for the School of Music’s performance of Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. Terjanian is an alumna of the Canadian Parliamentary Internship Programme and previously worked as a G-7 Summit Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs in Ottawa. She was a Fellow and, later, an Invited Research Scholar at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and most recently a Visiting Professor at McGill University with the French Atlantic History Group. Terjanian welcomes applications from graduate students interested in the following fields: history of political thought; history of economic thought; history of empire; “Atlantic World;” Enlightenments; Old Regime France; Revolutionary France; history of gender; cultural and intellectual history.
Join HIST 3444 students this Fall for: "Revolutionary France on the Screen"! For more information, click here.
Join Dr. Terjanian's History 3445 students in the Spring for a free film series: "Insider/Outsiders on the French Screen." Please click here for film descriptions, times and location.
HIST 1031: World Civilizations Since 1500
HIST 3444: Old Regime and Revolutionary France
HIST 3445: Modern France
HIST 4445: The European Enlightenments
HIST 6444: Topics in Old Regime and Revolutionary France
GRBK 2000: Great Books of Love
GRBK 4000: Commerce and Its Critics: From Xenophon to Naomi Klein