France: A Short History (Hardback)Jeremy Black (author)
From the Lascaux cave paintings to the Gilets Jaunes protests, Black’s pithy whistle-stop tour of French history recounts thousands of years of tumultuous history in a lively and engaging style.
Artists, martyrs, kings, revolutionaries: France's dramatic history fascinates the world and attracts millions each year to visit its chateaux and cathedrals, boulevards and vineyards. Jeremy Black succinctly narrates how France's past has created its distinct character and powerful artistic, intellectual and political influence across the globe.
France has an incomparable cultural legacy: from the cave paintings of Lascaux to the origins of Gothic architecture, from Monet and Degas to the Lumiere brothers, and from the cataclysm of the 1789 Revolution through the countercultural student protests of 1968 to the Gilets Jaunes today.
Ancient identities allied to a social, political and military history that has witnessed revolution, conflict and occupation mean that France today occupies a unique position in the modern world. Jeremy Black presents a vivid take on history that emphasizes the unexpected nature of events and unpredictable outcomes on a fragmented and crisis-prone France. Country and destination, nation and idea, France has a rich and complex history. This is a short, easy-to-digest history of a vast subject, and a helpful guide to understanding France today.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'A superb account of 2,000 years of France and the French in the making by a master of his craft. Bold insights and evocative detail are combined in a narrative that is a pleasure to read. A tour de force' - Robert Gildea, Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford
'Readers of his many previous works will not be disappointed by this addition to the Jeremy Black canon. Encyclopaedic knowledge and a lifelong enthusiasm for visiting French historical sites underpin his new concise survey of French history from prehistoric times right down to Emmanuel Macron' - William Doyle, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Bristol
'An excellent and thought-provoking introduction to the history of France. Concisely and accessibly written, it skilfully interweaves long-term social, cultural and even climatic factors with the more familiar narrative of wars, revolutions and coups d'etat. In particular, and in a highly stimulating way, it shows just how much the shape of today's France, both geographical and political, owes to sheer chance' - Munro Price, Professor of Modern European History, University of Bradford
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