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  • French Provincial Police and the Fall of the Second Republicby Thomas R. Forstenzer

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 45.00

    While careful attention has been paid to the overthrow of the July Monarchy and to the subsequent development of radicalism under the Second Republic, little research has been done on the counterrevolutionary activity that preceded Louis Napoleon's seizure of power. Thomas Forstenzer revises the standard and current interpretations of social and political... more...

  • Napoleon's Mamelukeby Jonathan North; Roustam Raza

    Enigma Books 2014;

    The colorful memoirs of Napoleon?s bodyguard, translated for the first time, provide a vivid picture of the general and emperor. more...

  • The Queen's Necklaceby Antal Szerb; Len Rix

    Steerforth Press 2012; US$ 9.99

    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...

  • French Anti-Americanism (1930-1948)by Seth D. Armus

    Lexington Books 2007; US$ 32.99

    French Anti-Americanism offers a historical exploration of the central role of anti-Americanism in French thought, and the often compromised position of France's intelligentsia during World War II. Dr. Seth D. Armus examines the cultural stability of French anti-Americanism and how it has survived colossal political shifts nearly unchanged. 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 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...

  • From Subject to Citizenby Sudhir Hazareesingh

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 51.00

    From Subject to Citizen offers an original account of the Second Empire (1852-1870) as a turning point in modern French political culture: a period in which thinkers of all political persuasions combined forces to create the participatory democracy alive in France today. Here Sudhir Hazareesingh probes beyond well-known features of the Second Empire,... more...

  • Blood Ties and Fictive Tiesby Kristin Elizabeth Gager

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    In Paris during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the practice of adopting children was strongly discouraged by cultural, religious, and legal authorities on the grounds that it disrupted family blood lines. In fact, historians have assumed that adoption had generally not been practiced in France or in the rest of Europe since late antiquity.... more...

  • Becoming a Revolutionaryby Timothy Tackett

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 46.50

    Here Timothy Tackett tests some of the diverse explanations of the origins of the French Revolution by examining the psychological itineraries of the individuals who launched it--the deputies of the Estates General and the National Assembly. Based on a wide variety of sources, notably the letters and diaries of over a hundred deputies, the book assesses... more...

  • Private Power and Centralization in Franceby Ezra N. Suleiman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 46.95

    By examining the relationship between the notaires, members of a significant French legal profession with deep roots in French history, and the state, Ezra Suleiman demonstrates that clientelism exists and may be more dangerous in a centralized state than in a decentralized one. Originally published in 1989. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the... more...