A Concise History of France

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 21, 1993 - History - 380 pages
This book provides a clear and well-informed guide to French history from the early middle ages, with the emergence of a strong state in the Ile-de-France, to the trente glorieuses following the Second World War and including the Mitterand presidency. It provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive study of French history available. Among the book's central themes are the relationship between state and society, the impact of war and such crucial questions as who possessed political power, how this power was used, and in whose interests and with what consequences. It takes account of the great figures of French history, including Philip Augustus, Henri IV, Louis XIV, the two Napoleons, Clemenceau and De Gaulle, and also the findings of modern social historians concerned with the life and death of ordinary people, the passing of generations, social structures, beliefs, and economic activity. This is a rich and entertaining guide to France for the student and general reader.
 

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Contents

List of plates
viii
List of figures
xiii
Acknowledgments
xv
Introduction
1
Medieval and early modern France
11
POPULATION AND RESOURCES IN PREINDUSTRIAL FRANCE
13
SOCIETY AND POLITICS IN MEDIEVAL FRANCE
26
SOCIETY AND POLITICS IN EARLY MODERN FRANCE
47
The dual revolution modern and contemporary France
79
REVOLUTION AND EMPIRE
81
THE NINETEENTH CENTURY CONTINUITY AND CHANGE
142
A TIME OF CRISIS 19141945
209
RECONSTRUCTION AND RENEWAL THE TRENTE GLORIEUSES AND BEYOND
273
A short guide to further reading
371
Index
377
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