France: Government and Society

France: Government and Society

France: Government and Society

France: Government and Society

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The lectures--they are no more--which have been collected to form this volume were delivered in the University of Oxford in the Hilary and Trinity Terms of 1955. Their aim was to review, and to provoke thought about, a particular aspect of the history of France, the interaction of government and society. To do this to good purpose it seemed proper to us to start where the roots start, in France's prehistory, and to continue until we reached the contemporary scene, which the historian neglects at his peril. We have exchanged ideas and discussed overlapping themes, as is natural among colleagues whose concern is the past and whose particular delight is whatever touches France. Even so, each contribution is highly individual and reflects the personal bent of the contributor: it was never our intention to present, in the guise of lectures, a formal historical survey. The reader, like those who were kind enough to attend our lectures, must be supposed to have an adequate grounding in French history as a whole.

Bibliographies are appended to each lecture. They are highly compressed and selective, and seek merely to afford the first step towards further specialized study. A secondary purpose is to indicate where evidence for and discussion of controversial views may be found. We have for the most part confined these bibliographies to writings in French and English, though much that is relevant is of course to be found in other languages.

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Except where otherwise indicated, the place of publication for French books is Paris, and for works in English, London.

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