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Kaspi, André

KASPI, ANDRÉ (1937– ), French historian teaching the history of North America at the Sorbonne. Kaspi was born in Béziers (Hérault). Among his books are L'indépendance américaine (1976), Le Watergate (1983), La guerre de Sécession (1992), Kennedy, les mille jours d'un président (1993), Les Américains: Les États-Unis de 1607 à nos jours (2 vols., 1998), and La peine de mort aux États-Unis (2003). His two doctoral dissertations were published as La mission de Jean Monnet à Alger, mars-octobre 1943 (1969) and Le concours américain à la France, 19171918 (1976). In addition to his work on American civilization, Kaspi is a pioneer of Jewish historiography in France. In the 1970s he founded the first seminar on the Holocaust and the history of the Vichy government and published several books on these topics: La Deuxième Guerre mondiale, chronologie commentée (1990); Les Juifs pendant l'Occupation (1991); and La libération de la France (1994); as well as a biography, Jules Isaac ou la passion de la vérité (2002).