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This is the most up-to-date, concise, yet comprehensive narrative history of France, current through the end of 1999. Engagingly written for students and general public, it brings to life the compelling history of this fractious and fascinating country, which has given to the world cultural glory and a model of democratic revolution. No longer a nation of peasants or small shopkeepers, France has weathered the storms of the first half of the 20th century to emerge as the fourth largest economic power in the ...

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The History of France

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This is the most up-to-date, concise, yet comprehensive narrative history of France, current through the end of 1999. Engagingly written for students and general public, it brings to life the compelling history of this fractious and fascinating country, which has given to the world cultural glory and a model of democratic revolution. No longer a nation of peasants or small shopkeepers, France has weathered the storms of the first half of the 20th century to emerge as the fourth largest economic power in the industrial world. At the turn of the 21st century French society is in dynamic flux, shaped by integration, feminism, youth culture, and economic and social change. Each chapter of this work covers a distinct period of French history, from prehistory to France at the end of the 20th century, examining the problems and issues of that era and how they impacted later events.

Following a timeline of significant events in the history of France, the work begins with an overview of France today, its geography, government, religion, economy, and society. Eleven chapters trace the chronological history of France, the major figures who shaped it, and its economy and society. Haine, a specialist in French history and culture, makes the complex history of France as monarchy, empire, and democratic republic not only understandable but interesting, with sidelights and human interest components that enliven the text. Short biographical sketches of notable people in French history and a bibliography of print and electronic sources will aid the student researcher. Every school and public library should update its resources on France with this lively and succinct narrative history.

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A concise yet comprehensive narrative history of France, current through the end of 1999, for students and general readers. Each chapter covers a distinct period in French history, from prehistory to the end of the 20th century, examining problems and issues of that era and how they impacted later events. Includes an introductory overview of the country's geography, political institutions, economic structure, and cultural attributes, plus a chronology, profiles of notable people, and a bibliographic essay. Haine is a resident scholar at Holy Names College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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W. SCOTT HAINE is Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Holy Names College, Oakland, California.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Frank W. Thackeray and John E. Findling

Preface

A Fractious and Fascinating Country

Prehistory

From Caesar to Charlemagne

Building the Nation: From Hugh Capet to Richelieu

Absolute Monarchy: From Apogee to Catastrophe

The French Revolution and Napoleon

An Unstable Era: Monarchies, Republic, Empire

The Consolidation of the Third Republic in Peace and War

Decline and Degradation: Interwar and Vichy

Renewal and Expansion: 4th Republic and de Gaulle

After de Gaulle: Experimentation and Consolidation

France at the end of the Twentieth Century

Notable People in the History of France

Bibliographic Essay

Index

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