A Brief History of France

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A Brief History of France tells the story of the formation of this grand nation through its people, great events, and culture. When we think of France we often evoke images of fine food and wine, the elegant boulevards of Paris, and the chic beaches of St. Tropez, but the largest country in Europe has much more to offer than tourist attractions.

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Overview

A Brief History of France tells the story of the formation of this grand nation through its people, great events, and culture. When we think of France we often evoke images of fine food and wine, the elegant boulevards of Paris, and the chic beaches of St. Tropez, but the largest country in Europe has much more to offer than tourist attractions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762441204
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 420
  • Sales rank: 936,508
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Cecil Jenkins is the Dean of European Studies at Sussex University. He has written books on Francois Mauriac and Andre Malraux, as well as other twentieth century French writers. He lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Maps v

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Cro-Magnon Man, Roman Gaul and the Feudal Kingdom 6

Chapter 2 A Nation Born in Blood 26

Chapter 3 Renaissance, Reformation and the Wars of Religion 46

Chapter 4 The Grand Century of the Sun King 65

Chapter 5 The Enlightenment and the Fall of the Monarchy 84

Chapter 6 From the Revolution to Napoleon 104

Chapter 7 Revolutionary Aftershocks and Another Napoleon 126

Chapter 8 The Third Republic: Semaine Sanglante to the First World War 145

Chapter 9 1919-1940: Defeat Out of Victory 164

Chapter 10 The Second World War: Collaboration and Resistance 184

Chapter 11 The Fourth Republic in Cold War and Colonial Crisis 203

Chapter 12 De Gaulle's Golden Decade Ends in Tragi-Comedy 223

Chapter 13 Mutations of the 'Republican Monarchy': Pompidou to Chirac 244

Chapter 14 The 'French Exception': Reality or Illusion? 264

Chapter 15 France in the New Global Order 284

Notes and References 310

Select Bibliography 318

Index 325

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