Antoine Prost, a student from the Ecole Normale Supérieur at the rue d’Ulm and holder of the civil service teaching degree, has been a lecturer at Orléans and Paris I universities. He was head of the Centre for 20th century social History, a mixed centre run by the Paris I university and the CNRS. He is a doctor in political sciences and in history.
As a historian of French society (Minor work on the history of France from the Belle Epoque to the present day, Colin, 2009), he did a lot of work on the history of education and on labour history. However, he focused his doctoral thesis, entitled War veterans and French society 1914- 1939 (FNSP Press, 1977) on the consequences of the Great War the historiography of which he studied with Jay Winter (Penser la Grande Guerre) (Thoughts on the Great War), Seuil, 2004; The Great War in history. Debates and controversies, Cambridge University Press, 2005). He has written several articles on this war, the chapters of which about the workers and those who died, are dealt with in the work the Centennial History to be published by the Cambridge University Press and by Fayard at the end of 2013.
He has just published, with Jay Winter, a biography on Cassin: René Cassin and Human Rights: the project of a generation, (Fayard, 2011) of which an English version René Cassin and human rights is being published by Cambridge University Press. Currently honorary lecturer at the University of Paris I, A. Prost chairs the scientific and pedagogical committee of the national Foundation for the Résistance and the scientific Council of the Verdun Memorial which has undertaken a major extension and renovation program.