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A Brief History Of France

Author : Cecil Jenkins
ISBN : 9781472140272
Genre : History
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When we think of France, we tend think of fine food and wine, the elegant boulevards of Paris or the chic beaches of St Tropez. Yet, as the largest country in Europe, France is home to extraordinary diversity. The idea of 'Frenchness' emerged through 2,000 years of history and it is this riveting story, from the Roman conquest of Gaul to the present day, that Cecil Jenkins tells: of the forging of this great nation through its significant people and events and and its fascinating culture. As he unfolds this narrative, Jenkins shows why the French began to see themselves as so different from the rest of Europe, but also why, today, the French face the same problems with regard to identity as so many other European nations.

A Brief History Of France Fact On File Publishing 2011

Author : Paul F. State
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Among the world’s nations, France has an especially long history, and so its record is filled with more than an ordinary share of great dramatic events and larger-than-life personalities. At the same time, its status as western Europe’s largest country territorially, and for hundreds of years demographically, ensured that many among the events occurring, and decisions taken, here would have an impact far beyond its borders. Although the nation’s boundaries—except for the one in the north— conform to well-defined natural features, France is, in fact, an artificial creation, deliberately and painstakingly welded together out of a welter of disparate territories over many centuries by those among its monarchs who possessed the will, talent, and resources to build a successively stronger realm. Only after these rulers had crafted a kingdom unified politically and religiously—both attributes deemed essential for the security of the monarchy—did the regime under which modern France is governed emerge at the end of the 18th century. It did so by revolutionary action of the French people, who, inspired by ingenious ideas of liberty and theories of democracy, transformed what had been a state in which they had been the ruled into a nation in which they were the rulers. Because they were the first people in Europe to do so and because France was then the predominant continental power, the French imparted that legacy, both by example and by conquest, to the rest of the Continent. Europe’s premier pacesetter for political change in the 19th century, France has experienced a troubled modern history, stemming, partly, from the succession of very different ruling systems—aristocratic monarchy, constitutional monarchy, empire, republic—that left in their wake stakeholders anxious to retain or restore their power and position, and, partly, from political actors unable to reconcile competing conceptions of liberty and equality. “France” and “republic” are taken as self-evident today, but this particular form of government has, since 1789, either proved troublesomely unstable or failed altogether to survive. Only with the fifth and last of the regimes to be established has the nation found a highly workable republican formula.

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A Brief History Of France Fact On File Publishing 2011

Author : Paul F. State
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Among the world’s nations, France has an especially long history, and so its record is filled with more than an ordinary share of great dramatic events and larger-than-life personalities. At the same time, its status as western Europe’s largest country territorially, and for hundreds of years demographically, ensured that many among the events occurring, and decisions taken, here would have an impact far beyond its borders. Although the nation’s boundaries—except for the one in the north— conform to well-defined natural features, France is, in fact, an artificial creation, deliberately and painstakingly welded together out of a welter of disparate territories over many centuries by those among its monarchs who possessed the will, talent, and resources to build a successively stronger realm. Only after these rulers had crafted a kingdom unified politically and religiously—both attributes deemed essential for the security of the monarchy—did the regime under which modern France is governed emerge at the end of the 18th century. It did so by revolutionary action of the French people, who, inspired by ingenious ideas of liberty and theories of democracy, transformed what had been a state in which they had been the ruled into a nation in which they were the rulers. Because they were the first people in Europe to do so and because France was then the predominant continental power, the French imparted that legacy, both by example and by conquest, to the rest of the Continent. Europe’s premier pacesetter for political change in the 19th century, France has experienced a troubled modern history, stemming, partly, from the succession of very different ruling systems—aristocratic monarchy, constitutional monarchy, empire, republic—that left in their wake stakeholders anxious to retain or restore their power and position, and, partly, from political actors unable to reconcile competing conceptions of liberty and equality. “France” and “republic” are taken as self-evident today, but this particular form of government has, since 1789, either proved troublesomely unstable or failed altogether to survive. Only with the fifth and last of the regimes to be established has the nation found a highly workable republican formula.

A Short History Of France

Author : D. J. Peters
ISBN : 9781483160818
Genre : History
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A Short History of France comprises brief accounts of significant events in the history of France. Some of the topics discussed in this book include the origins of France; Capetians to St. Louis; Joan of Arc and the restoration of France at the end of the Middle Ages; France from Charles VIII to the rise of Catherine de' Medici; end of the Valois line and the reign of Henry IV; and Mazarin and the years of the Fronde. Louis XIV and the establishment of absolutism; Waterloo to the revolution of 1848; The Second Empire and its collapse; and events in the last 50 years in France are also described in this text. This publication is valuable to French language and literature students who wish to gain general knowledge on French history.

A Short History Of The French Revolution 1789 1799

Author : Albert Soboul
ISBN : 0520034198
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A Marxist analysis of the causes and course of the French Revolution argues that it can be understood, on all levels, only in terms of class struggle

The French Revolution And Human Rights

Author : Lynn Hunt
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This new edition of The French Revolution and Human Rights, A Brief History with Documents offers a new section covering limits on rights to complement its rich exploration of the issue of rights and citizenship in Revolutionary France. Lynn Hunt, a leading scholar of the French Revolution, presents original translations and commentary on the debates and legislation that helped define modern notions of human rights. Her revised introduction provides an overview of the French development of the concept of human rights and the consequences that resulted from putting those rights into practice. A new section on national security and the limits on rights gives readers a sense of the issues that led French revolutionaries to suppress rights in the name of the nation and its security. Helpful editorial features include document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and an index.

A Brief History Of The French Revolution Its Causes Events And Consequences 1789 1795

Author : Frederick Wilkins Aveling
ISBN : PRNC:32101038115034
Genre : France
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A Short History Of French Literature

Author : Sarah Kay
ISBN : 0191516228
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In this lucid and innovative volume, three distinguished scholars trace this history of French literature from its beginnings to the present day. From the oral, unstable anonymous works of the early Middle Ages via the emergence of a print culture in the Renaissance, through to the attempted codification of genres and styles in the nineteenth century and the resourceful experimentation of the twentieth, A Short History of French Literature demonstrates the world importance of French literature, and the extraordinary richness of its range. The three main parts of the volume cover the Middle Ages, the Early Modern period, and the Modern period, and offer wide-ranging, personal, and detailed coverage of major writers and movements. Writing for the interested general reader as much as for students, the authors range expertly between authors and their works, historical events, and literary movements, offering as a whole an authoritative and innovative account of the history of French literature.

A Short History Of France

Author : Charlotte Mary Yonge
ISBN : 9783955078539
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Contains short articles about French history, starting with the earlier Kings up to the French Revolution and its outcomes.

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