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A Concise History of France

3rd Edition


Part of Cambridge Concise Histories

  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107603431

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  • This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive study of French history available ranging from the early middle ages to the present. Amongst its central themes are the relationships between state and society, the impact of war, competition for power, and the ways in which power has been used. Whilst taking full account of major figures such as Philip Augustus, Henri IV, Louis XIV, Napoleon and de Gaulle, it sets their activities within the broader context of changing economic and social structures and beliefs, and offers rich insights into the lives of ordinary men and women. This third edition has been substantially revised and includes a new chapter on contemporary France - a society and political system in crisis as a result of globalisation, rising unemployment, a failing educational system, growing social and racial tensions, corruption, the rise of the extreme right, and a widespread loss of confidence in political leaders.

    • Provides an accessible study of a key nation, designed for use by the student or traveller
    • Covers main themes and personalities from throughout French history, with the aid of numerous illustrations and figures
    • The third edition has been updated and the final chapter and its illustrations revised to reflect contemporary developments in France
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    Review of previous edition: '… coherent and eminently readable. It is a major - indeed unique - achievement.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    Review of previous edition: '… a remarkably succinct story.' John Wright, BBC

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107603431
    • length: 528 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 139 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 86 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of figures
    Part I. Medieval and Early Modern France:
    1. Population and resources in pre-industrial France
    2. Society and politics in medieval France
    3. Society and politics in early modern France
    Part II. The Dual Revolution: Modern and Contemporary France:
    4. Revolution and empire
    5. The nineteenth century: continuity and change
    6. A time of crisis, 1914–45
    7. Reconstruction and renewal: the Trente Glorieuses
    8. A society under stress
    A short guide to further reading

  • Author

    Roger Price, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
    Roger Price is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has written extensively on French history. His latest publications include The French Second Empire: An Anatomy of Political Power (2001) and People and Politics in France, 1848–1870 (2004).

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