The historical specialist journal Francia - Research on Western European History deals with the history of Western Europe from the 4th century to the present, the focus is on the common history of Germans and French and their interactions. It has three departments: The Middle Ages , the Early Modern Age and the 19th / 20th. Century. In addition to specialist articles, reviews are mainly published. The time spectrum ranges from the archeology of the 4th century to the Franco-German relations of the time after the Second World War , the subject areas from economic, constitutional and social history to the history of international relations and cultural history. The historical methodological discussion is also held in Francia.
Francia has been published since 1973. With Volume 16, Francia was divided into three volumes. The form was suggested by the then director Horst Möller and lasted up to volume 34 in 2007. The director Gudrun Gersmann reacted to the change in the media and had the magazine printed in one volume again. The reviews are made available free of charge as “Francia-Recensio” online via perspectivia.net and now also via the Heidelberg University Library . After one year, the articles in Francia will also be made available online free of charge via perspectivia.net and also via the Heidelberg University Library. The magazine is published by the German Historical Institute in Paris . The articles are often in French, around a third are in German; some are also in English. Summaries in the other language at the end of many articles make work easier.
- Issues online as a scan (every 1 year from the new publication, so-called moving wall); many, but not all, volumes are available at Perspectivia.net or since 2018 at Heidelberg University Library. Several editions (1973 up to the current previous year's edition) , as full text, or the reviews under " francia-recensio ". Older issues have not yet been discontinued due to work-related reasons. The technical process of the scans varies, so that some German umlauts ä, ö, ü have been lost; or that text passages can partly be copied out of the scan, partly not.
- Supplements of Francia as full texts online.