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  • France's Lost Empiresby Kate Marsh; Nicola Frith; Emile Chabal; Olivier Courteaux; Kathryn Dale; Claire Eldridge; Yun Kyoung Kwon; Indra N. Mukhopadhyay; John Strachan; Sophie Watt; Akhila Yechury

    Lexington Books 2010; US$ 82.99

    This collection of essays investigates the fundamental role that the loss of colonial territories at the end of the Ancient Regime and post-World War II has played in shaping French memories and colonial discourses. In identifying loss and nostalgia as key tropes in cultural representations, these essays call for a re-evaluation of French colonialism... more...

  • Secret Societiesby Una Birch; James Wasserman

    Nicolas-Hays, Inc 2007; US$ 18.95

    The greatest success of the Bavarian Illuminati conspiracy was the French Revolution of 1789. The profound impact of that Revolution is felt to this day in the political destinies of billions of people worldwide. The Illuminati had declared war against Church and State a decade earlier and worked feverishly to spread their new gospel of Liberty and... more...

  • When France Was King of Cartographyby Christine Marie Petto

    Lexington Books 2007; US$ 42.99

    When France Was King of Cartography investigates over a thousand maps and nearly two dozen map producers, analyzes the map as a cultural artifact, map producers as a group, and the array of map viewers over the course of two centuries in France. The book focuses on situated knowledge or 'localized' interests reflected in these geographical productions.... more...

  • A Woman, a Man, and Two Kingdomsby Francis Steegmuller

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 23.00

    Pre-revolutionary Paris comes to life in this fascinating story surrounding the correspondence between two colorful and witty society figures: the French author Louise d'Épinay and the Italian priest-diplomat Ferdinando Galiani. Their friends included Voltaire, Diderot, Melchior Grimm, and the famous women of the salons, and their letters touched upon... more...

  • The Embrace of Unreasonby Frederick Brown

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 17.95

    From acclaimed biographer and cultural historian, author of For the Soul of France (?Masterful history? ?Henry Kissinger), Zola (?Magnificent? ? The New Yorker ), and Flaubert (?Impeccable? ?James Wood, cover, The New York Times Book Review )?a brilliant reconsideration of the events and the political, social, and religious movements that led... more...

  • A Taste for Intrigueby Philip Short

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 6.79

    The man who changed the course of modern France In 1981, François Mitterrand became France's first popularly elected socialist president. By the time he completed his mandate, he had led the country for 14 years, longer than any other French head of state in modern times. Mitterrand mirrored France in all its imperfections and tragedies, its cowardice... more...

  • Seven Ages of Parisby Alistair Horne

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 18.00

    In this luminous portrait of Paris, the celebrated historian gives us the history, culture, disasters, and triumphs of one of the world?s truly great cities. While Paris may be many things, it is never boring. From the rise of Philippe Auguste through the reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIV (who abandoned Paris for Versailles); Napoleon?s rise... more...

  • Culture and Society in France 1789-1848by F. W. J. Hemmings

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    This book, first published in 1987, complements the author's earlier volume on Culture and Society in France 1848-1898 . It deals with the interaction of social history and cultural history, covering in succession the Revolutionary period, the Napoleonic Empire, the Restoration and the July Monarchy. The scope of the book embraces literature (the... more...

  • The Idea of the Sciences in the French Enlightenmentby G. Matthew Adkins

    University of Delaware Press 2013; US$ 44.99

    This book challenges common historical misperceptions of both the history of the sciences in early modern France and the history of the French Enlightenment. By reexamining the moral, political, and social ideas of those who defended the ascendency of the sciences, this book demonstrates the evolution of political views. more...

  • Village of Secretsby Caroline Moorehead

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 12.74

    From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the absorbing story of a French village that helped save thousands hunted by the Gestapo during World War II?told in full for the first time. Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is a small village of scattered houses high in the mountains of the Ardèche, one of the most remote and inaccessible... more...