The History of France

The History of France

The History of France

The History of France

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

French history, both in the land of wine and pâté and in the United States, has never gone out of fashion. Indeed, the history--containing paintings from the cave paintings at Lascaux to the impressionists to the postmodernists, and with such leaders as Joan of Arc, the sun king Louis XIV, Napoleon, and de Gaulle--remains a growth industry, especially on the Internet. I have presented in these 300 pages a concise, yet comprehensive, history.

As my footnotes indicate, I have examined statistical and journalistic sources, secondary monographs, and previous overviews of French history. These sources provide a running commentary and record of the wealth of sources for students wishing to go beyond the boundaries of this book. I have also produced a continuous narrative so that secondary students, lower-division undergraduates, and the general public may have a clear introduction to this fascinating national history as we enter the twenty-first century. A timeline and an index of notable people in French history facilitate quick access to vital pieces of information.

For this computer age, I have also included a set of important sites for French history, both in English and in French, on the Internet and the World Wide Web. Thus students and the public now have a convenient starting point to explore the new virtual world of French history. The . . .

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