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  • The Road from Versaillesby Munro Price

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    What becomes of leaders when absolute power is wrested from their hands? How does dramatic political change affect once-absolute monarchs? In acclaimed historian Munro Price?s powerful new book, he confronts one of the enduring mysteries of the French Revolution---what were the true actions and feelings of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette as they... more...

  • The Dreyfus Affairby Piers Paul Read

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 23.99

    July 20, 1894. The German Military Attache in Paris. Colonel Maximillien von Schwarzkoppen received a visit from a seedy-looking middle-aged Frenchman who would not give his name. He told Schwarzkoppen that he was a French army officer serving on the General Staff; that he was in desperate need of money; and was therefore prepared to sell military... more...

  • Parisby Andrew Hussey

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2010; US$ 14.99

    If Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon described daily life in contemporary Paris, this book describes daily life in Paris throughout its history: a history of the city from the point of view of the Parisians themselves. Paris captures everyone's imaginations: It's a backdrop for Proust's fictional pederast, Robert Doisneau's photographic kiss, and... more...

  • The Battleby Alessandro Barbero

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2009; US$ 11.99

    At Waterloo, some 70,000 men under Napoleon and an equal number under Wellington faced one another in a titanic and bloody struggle. In the end, as John Keegan notes, contemporaries felt that Napoleon's defeat had "reversed the tide of European history." Even 190 years later, the name Waterloo resounds. Italian historian Alessandro Barbero's majestic... more...

  • How to Ruin a Queenby Jonathan Beckman

    Da Capo Press 2014;

    A tale of greed, lust, deceit, theft on an extraordinary scale, charlatanry, kidnapping, assassination and escape from prison. more...

  • Women and Work in Eighteenth-Century Franceby Daryl M. Hafter; Nina Kushner

    LSU Press 2015; US$ 36.95

    In the eighteenth century, French women were active in a wide range of employments?from printmaking to running whole-sale businesses?although social and legal structures frequently limited their capacity to work independently. The contributors to Women and Work in Eighteenth-Century France reveal how women at all levels of society negotiated these... more...

  • The Shaping of Liberal Politics in Revolutionary Franceby Anne Sa'adah

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 34.50

    Marshalling historical materials to make a descriptive argument in social theory, this wide-ranging book compares the liberal revolution in France to the liberal revolutions in England and America and argues that the causes and outcomes of these upheavals were decisive in shaping later patterns of politics. "Conflict is the stuff of politics," writes... more...

  • Becoming a French Aristocratby Mark Edward Motley

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 31.50

    Focusing on the highest-ranking segment of the nobility, Mark Motley examines why a social group whose very essence was based on hereditary status would need or seek instruction and training for its young. As the "warrior nobility" adopted the courtly life epitomized by Versailles--with its code of etiquette and sensitivity to language and demeanor--education... more...

  • From Provinces into Nationsby Susan Cotts Watkins

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 33.00

    Between 1870 and 1960, national boundaries became more evident on the demographic map of Western Europe. In most of the fifteen countries examined here, differences in marital fertility, illegitimacy, and marriage from one province (counties, cantons, arrondissements) to another diminished considerably. From Provinces into Nations describes this shift... more...