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  • Seven Ages of Parisby Alistair Horne

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 18.00

    When Paris was a small island in the middle of the Seine, its gentle climate, natural vineyards and overhanging fig trees made it the favorite retreat of Roman emperors and de facto capital of western Europe. Over two millennia the muddy Lutetia, as the Romans called Paris, pushed its borders far beyond the Right and Left Banks and continued to stretch... more...

  • Access to History: France in Revolutionby Dylan Rees; Duncan Townson

    Hodder Education 2008; US$ 22.38

    Revised and updated for the 2008 AS and A2 specifications. more...

  • The Great Cat Massacreby Robert Darnton

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 16.95

    When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730s held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomime some twenty times? Why in the eighteenth-century version of Little Red Riding Hood did the... more...

  • Facing Racial Revolutionby Jeremy D. Popkin

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 18.00

    The only truly successful slave uprising in the Atlantic world, the Haitian Revolution gave birth to the first independent black republic of the modern era. Inspired by the revolution that had recently roiled their French rulers, black slaves and people of mixed race alike rose up against their oppressors in a bloody insurrection that led to the... more...

  • A People's History of the French Revolutionby Eric Hazan; David Fernbach

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 29.95

    The assault on the Bastille, the Reign of Terror, Danton mocking his executioner, Robespierre dispensing a fearful justice, and the archetypal gadfly Marat ? the events and figures of the French Revolution have exercised a hold on the historical imagination for more than 200 years. It has been a template for heroic insurrection and, to more conservative... more...

  • Science and Polity in Franceby Charles Coulston Gillispie

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 125.00

    From the 1770s through the 1820s the French scientific community predominated in the world to a degree that no other scientific establishment did in any period prior to the Second World War. In his classic Science and Polity in France: The End of the Old Regime , Charles Gillispie analyzed the cultural, political, and technical factors that encouraged... more...

  • La Belle Franceby Alistair Horne

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 19.95

    La Belle France is a sweeping, grand narrative written with all the verve, erudition, and vividness that are the hallmarks of the acclaimed British historian Alistair Horne. It recounts the hugely absorbing story of the country that has contributed to the world so much talent, style, and political innovation. Beginning with Julius Caesar?s division... more...

  • Paris After the Liberation 1944-1949by Antony Beevor; Artemis Cooper

    Penguin Group US 2004; US$ 17.00

    In this brilliant synthesis of social, political, and cultural history, Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper present a vivid and compelling portrayal of the City of Lights after its liberation. Paris became the diplomatic battleground in the opening stages of the Cold War. Against this volatile political backdrop, every aspect of life is portrayed: scores... more...

  • The History of A Crimeby Victor Hugo

    ReadHowYouWant 2008; US$ 4.99

    The History of a Crime: The Testimony of an Eye-Witness by Victor Hugo was published in 1877, long after it was written. It is an account of the 1852 coup d'état that brought Napoleon into power and forced Hugo into an exile of eighteen years. The work covers those momentous early days of Napoleon rule that changed the course of French history.... more...

  • The Best of All Possible Worldsby Steven Nadler

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 8.99

    In the spring of 1672, the German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz arrived in Paris on a furtive diplomatic mission. That project was abandoned quickly, but Leibniz remained in Paris with a singular goal: to get the most out of the city?s intellectual and cultural riches. He benefited, above all, from his friendships with France?s... more...