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A History of France

A History of France

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For one thing, many people clearly do not want to align themselves with the ideals of the republic and the “Frenchness” that it’s supposed to embody. During May 1968, students and workers in France united in the biggest strike and the largest mass movement in French history. Knecht concentrates on the high politics, but his book is a valuable linkage of the Middle Ages and the early-modern age, taking readers from the Hundred Years’ War to the French Wars of Religion. Eric Cahm's study does justice to the human drama, whilst also throwing light on the wider society and politics of the Third Republic in the traumatic years after the Franco-Prussian War.

The real question, unanswered in both books, is not what the French think, but what they will do next. After reading the preface, one almost wishes Norwich had written his own memoir and left the history book to French scholars. The second half covers the French Revolution, Civil Wars and the 2 World wars till the liberation of France from Nazi occupation in 1944.Norwich looks both the how and why of the revolution, as well as how it devolved from the high ideals that it started with to Napoleon crowing himself Emperor in 1801 in 12 yrs. Listed by Le Monde as one of the forty most important books published in France during the 1980s, this explosive . The co-author, with Stéphane Hénaut, of A Bite-Sized History of France (The New Press), she lives in Berlin.

The author takes a critical look at "May 1968" and questions whether the events were in fact as "revolutionary" as French and foreign commentators have indicated. It is a ‘great man’ history also literally: the only things we learn about French women is whether they were extraordinarily beautiful or extraordinarily fat (‘corpulent’). Jones successfully presents Paris both as a unit and as a context for a range of identities and experiences. First published in 1939, on the eve of the Second World War, and suppressed by the Vichy government, this classic work .

As is true with remarkable dishes, superb wines, and excellent storytelling, you’ll reap the greatest pleasure if you follow the authors’ lead and savorthis book in bite-sized morsels, the better to enjoy every bit. In the raucous decade following World War I, newly blurred boundaries between male and female created fears among the French that theirs was becoming a civilization without sexes. Both the Church and secularists championed the "miracle" town as crucial in shaping how society should think about the mind, body, and spirit. Fenby’s account of the French second world war is particularly excellent, as he explains how the experience of occupation was also a new chapter in the civil war, fought between the left and those peculiarly French fascists who thought they saw a new dawn rather than fires on the horizon. But did the Enlightenment mean the same for men and women, for rich and poor, for Europeans and non-Europeans?



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