This text charts the political history of France from the 18th century to the present, interspersing narrative with chapters on society, the economy, culture and historiography.
This edition reflects recent research on the French Revolution, taking into account the scholarship of the "New Revisionist" school. It incorporates recent events in France, including an assessment of post-Socialist politics and examines the challenges facing France as a member of the European Union.
Gordon Wright is William H. Bonsall Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University. He is a past president of both the American Historical Association and the Society for French Historical Studies, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His many other books include Raymond Poincare and the French Presidency; Rurual Revolution in France; The Ordeal of Total War: 1939-1945; and Between the Guillotine and Liberty: Two Centuries of the Crime Problem in France.