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 well-written and accessible narrative history that should spark the curiosity of its intended audience….The material is presented clearly and chronologically, without burdening the reader with too many specific details or overly complicated analyses. As such, this should serve as an excellent introduction to the field of French history and will inspire readers to go on to read further."



"[h]ighly recommended as an introduction to the rich, varied, and infuential history of France."



A concise, one-volume history of a country much misunderstood by Westerners. Daniel (history, U. Hawaii, Manoa) describes the geography of Iran and summarizes its first 3,000 years in the first five chapters. The remaining six chapters are devoted to the events and personalities that have formed Iran since it became a nation at the end of the 19th century, with chapters on Mohammad-Reza Shah, the Islamic revolution, Khomeini, reconstruction following Khomeini, and contemporary Iran. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313360886
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Series: The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

ELTON L. DANIEL is Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and serves as Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia Iranica at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii
Preface xi
Timeline of Historical Events xiii
1 The Land and People of Iran 1
2 Ancient Iran 21
3 From the Parthians to the Mongols 51
4 Early Modern Iran 81
5 From the Zand to the Qajars 97
6 The Forging of the Nation-State 115
7 Mohammad-Reza Shah 143
8 Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution 175
9 The Khomeini Era 197
10 The Era of Reconstruction 219
11 Contemporary Iran 239
Notable People in the History of Iran 263
Glossary 269
Bibliographic Essay 275
Index 283
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