Serge Gruzinski
Gruzinski in 1992
Born (1949-11-05) 5 November 1949 (age 74)
Alma materÉcole Nationale des Chartes
Occupation(s)Historian, Latin Americanist

Serge Gruzinski (born 5 November 1949) is a French historian.[1] He is a Latin America specialist.


In 1969, he entered the École Nationale des Chartes and prepared a thesis on sixteenth-century Flanders under the direction of Pierre Goubert. In 1970, a trip to Mexico awakened his interest in this country.[2] He was a member of the École française de Rome from 1973 to 1975 and the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid. In 1983, he joined the CNRS where he became research director in 1989. He is also the director of studies at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences since 1993.[3]

Gruzinski is interested in the colonisation of the Americas and Asia, especially the colonial experiences like those cross-cultural areas, birth of hybrid spaces and first manifestations of globalisation. With Carmen Bernand, he published De l’idolâtrie : Une archéologie des sciences religieuses and two volumes of Histoire du Nouveau Monde. He is the author of Le destin brisé de l’empire aztèque, a richly illustrated pocket book from the collectionDécouvertes Gallimard”, which has been translated into nine languages, including English.

In 2004, he was curator of the exhibition “Planète Métisse” at the Musée du quai Branly.[4]

In 2015, he won the International Grand Prize for History at the 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences (ICHS).[5]

Selected publications

The capture of Cuauhtémoc, featured on the cover of Le destin brisé de l'empire aztèque.


  1. ^ Jeanne, Boris (2007). "Entretien avec Serge Gruzinski". (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  2. ^ Dufay, François (1999). "Serge Gruzinski : À la conquête de l'Amérique" [Serge Gruzinski: To Conquer America]. L'Histoire (in French). Vol. 236. Paris: Sophia Publications. pp. 28–29.
  3. ^ "Serge Gruzinski". (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  4. ^ "Serge Gruzinski (Africultures)". (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  5. ^ "Le Prix international de l'Histoire, décerné à Serge Gruzinski". (in French). 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  6. ^ "Le destin brisé de l'empire aztèque, collection Découvertes Gallimard (n° 33)" (in French). Éditions Gallimard. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  7. ^ Gruzinski, Serge (9 May 2019). A History of Mexico City. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520286504. Retrieved 2018-02-07 – via Google Books.