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  • The Invention of Parisby Eric Hazan; David Fernbach

    Verso Books 2011; US$ 19.95

    The Invention of Paris is a tour through the streets and history of the French capital under the guidance of radical Parisian author and publisher Eric Hazan. Hazan reveals a city whose squares echo with the riots, rebellions and revolutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Combining the raconteur?s ear for a story with a historian?s... more...

  • In Defence of the Terrorby Sophie Wahnich; Slavoj Zizek

    Verso Books 2012; US$ 16.95

    For two hundred years after the French Revolution, the Republican tradition celebrated the execution of princes and aristocrats, defending the Terror that the Revolution inflicted upon on its enemies. But recent decades have brought a marked change in sensibility. The Revolution is no longer judged in terms of historical necessity but rather by ?timeless?... more...

  • Marianne in Chainsby Robert Gildea

    Henry Holt and Co. 2013; US$ 22.99

    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...

  • The Dynamite Clubby John Merriman

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009; US$ 17.99

    The fascinating story of a long-forgotten "war on terror" that has much in common with our own On a February evening in 1894, a young radical intellectual named Émile Henry drank two beers at an upscale Parisian restaurant, then left behind a bomb as a parting gift. This incident, which rocked the French capital, lies at the heart of The Dynamite... 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 Affair of the Poisonsby Anne Somerset

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    The Affair of the Poisons , as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread, arrests followed. Suspects included those among the highest ranks of society. Many were tortured and numerous executions resulted. The 1676 torture and execution of... more...

  • The First Total Warby David A. Bell

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014; US$ 15.95

    The twentieth century is usually seen as ?the century of total war,? but as the historian David Bell argues in this landmark work, the phenomenon actually began much earlier, in the age of Napoleon. Bell takes us from campaigns of ?extermination? in the blood-soaked fields of western France to savage street fighting in ruined Spanish cities to central... more...

  • The Queen's Necklaceby Antal Szerb; Len Rix

    Steerforth Press 2012; US$ 14.99

    In August 1785, Paris buzzed with a scandal that had everything?an eminent churchman, a female fraudster, a part-time prostitute and the hated Queen herself. Its centrepiece was the most expensive diamond necklace ever assembled, and the tangle of fraud, folly, blindness and self-delusion it provoked. The humiliation the affair brought on the royal... more...

  • The Risky Business of French Feminismby Jennifer L. Sweatman

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 89.99

    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...

  • Kosmopoliten wider Willenby Friedemann Pestel

    De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2015; US$ 70.00

    Am Beispiel der monarchiens, einer Gruppe konstitutioneller Monarchisten, untersucht Friedemann Pestel wie in den 1790er Jahren Emigranten aus der Defensive heraus Politik machten. Ihre europaweiten Netzwerke boten ihnen vielfältige Profilierungsmöglichkeiten. Die Arbeit zeigt wie eng Herkunftsland und Exil, Emigration und Aufnahmegesellschaft miteinander... more...