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  • The Negro in Franceby Shelby T. McCloy

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    This historical study examines the black experience in Metropolitan France from the 1600s to 1960. Shelby T. McCloy explores the literary and cultural contributions of people of color to French society -- from Alexandre Dumas to Rene Maran -- and charts their political ascension. more...

  • General Maxime Weygand, 1867-1965by Anthony Clayton

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 27.99

    The career of the French general Maxime Weygand offers a fascinating glimpse into the perils and politics of military leadership and loyalty in the interwar years and after France?s defeat in 1940. Of obscure birth, Weygand had an outstanding career during WWI as chief of staff for Marshal Foch and served France after the war in Poland and Syria before... more...

  • The Fifth French Republic: Presidents, Politics and Personalitiesby Philip Thody

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 45.95

    The Fifth French Republic is a study of modern French politics and history, discussing the five presidents who span from 1959 to the present--Charles de Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, Valry Giscard d'Estang, Fran5~ois Mitterand and Jacques Chirac. Philip Thody examines the importance of the similarities between the five men for an understanding of the... more...

  • The Course of French Historyby Pierre Goubert

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 48.95

    This stimulating one-volume history traces the social and economic evolution of France as a nation from the founding of the monarchy in 987, to the present day. Against a background of structural change, Goubert etches a vivid account of key events and personalities. His perspective is a popular one, and his main interest is in how political events... more...

  • The de Gaulle Presidency and the Mediaby Jean K. Chalaby

    Palgrave Macmillan 2002; US$ 160.00

    Is it true that de Gaulle kept journalists at a distance because he disliked the press? Or was the press really against him, as always claimed? How did he exploit his own charisma on radio and television? This book explores the relationship between de Gaulle and the media during his presidency. The author examines de Gaulle's communications strategy... more...

  • The Fifth French Republicby Nicholas Atkin

    Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. 2004; US$ 105.00

    This is an up-to-date political history of the French Fifth Republic, a regime whose obituary has been written several times over, but which stubbornly refuses to die. more...

  • Jacques Chiracby Alan Allport

    Infobase Publishing 2007; US$ 30.00

    For more than 40 years, Jacques Chirac has been at the center of French political life. He has served in every major office of the French state, from mayor of Paris and prime minister to the presidency, which he has held since 1995. This work examines the complex issues and questions surrounding Chirac and his policies. more...

  • France Since 1945by Robert Gildea

    Oxford University Press, UK 1996; US$ 22.88

    In the fifty years since the end of the Second World War, France has had to deal with the legacy of the German occupation, the effects of the Algerian war and the rise of Islam, and more recently the loss of French domination of Europe following the reunification of Germany. Robert Gildea sets these and other issues within their economic, social, and... more...

  • A Certain Idea of France: French Security Policy and Gaullist Legacyby Phillip H. Gordon

    Princeton University Press 1993; US$ 37.95

    As France begins to confront the new challenges of the post-Cold War era, the time has come to examine how French security policy has evolved since Charles de Gaulle set it on an independent course in the 1960s. Philip Gordon shows that the Gaullist model, contrary to widely held beliefs, has lived on--but that its inherent inconsistencies have grown... more...

  • Time for Outrageby Stéphane Hessel

    Grand Central Publishing 2011; Not Available

    This controversial, impassioned call-to-arms for a return to the ideals that fueled the French Resistance has sold millions of copies worldwide since its publication in France in October 2010. Rejecting the dictatorship of world financial markets and defending the social values of modern democracy, 93-old Stéphane Hessel -- Resistance leader, concentration... more...