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  • Modern France: A Very Short Introductionby Vanessa R. Schwartz

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 7.99 US$ 6.87

    A lively and informative short volume that shows that France is not a faded glory but rather a place that has defined and shaped the key issues of our contemporary world, such as democracy and universal human rights, the emergence of a culture of consumerist spectacle, the tensions between nationalism and contemporary multiculturalism, and the role... more...

  • The French Revolutionby Peter McPhee

    Melbourne University Publishing 2015; US$ 3.33

    On 14 July 1789 thousands of Parisians seized the Bastille fortress in Paris. This was the most famous episode of the Revolution of 1789, when huge numbers of French people across the kingdom successfully rebelled against absolute monarchy and the privileges of the nobility. But the subsequent struggle over what social and political system should replace... 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...

  • 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...

  • LIAISONby Joyce Wadler

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 12.95

    The true story that inspired David Hwang's play "M Butterfly", about a French diplomat, Bernard Boursicot, posted to Peking, who fell in love with a seductive opera singer, named Shi Pei Pu, apparently unaware that Pei Pu was a man. Their liaison "produced" a son, and led them into espionage and finally to gaol in France. Joyce Wadler spent four years... more...

  • When the Guillotine Fellby Jeremy Mercer

    St. Martin's Press 2008; US$ 8.99

    How long did the guillotine's blade hang over the heads of French criminals? Was it abandoned in the late 1800s? Did French citizens of the early days of the twentieth century decry its brutality? No. The blade was allowed to do its work well into our own time. In 1974, Hamida Djandoubi brutally tortured 22 year-old Elisabeth Bousquet in an apartment... more...

  • The Englishman's Daughterby Ben Macintyre

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002; US$ 8.99

    "I have a rendezvous with death, at some disputed barricade." Alan Seeger, 1916 In the first days of World War I four soldiers, left behind as the British army retreated through northern France under the first German onslaught, found themselves trapped on the wrong side of the Western Front, in a tiny village called Villeret. Just a few miles... more...

  • Marianne in Chainsby Robert Gildea

    Henry Holt and Co. 2013; US$ 27.99

    A startling and original view of the occupation of the French heartland, based on a new investigation of everyday life under Nazi rule In France, the German occupation is called simply the "dark years." There were only the "good French" who resisted and the "bad French" who collaborated. Marianne in Chains , a broad and provocative history, uncovers... more...

  • 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...

  • The Risky Business of French Feminismby Jennifer L. Sweatman

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 94.99

    The Risky Business of French Feminism: Publishing, Politics, and Artistry examines the women-owned publishing house Editions des Femmes and its rivals in order to understand how the French Women?s Liberation Movement used print media to transform French culture and society from the 1970s through the 1990s. more...