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  • Archaeologies of Colonialismby Michael Dietler

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 34.95

    This book presents a theoretically informed, up-to-date study of interactions between indigenous peoples of Mediterranean France and Etruscan, Greek, and Roman colonists during the first millennium BC. Analyzing archaeological data and ancient texts, Michael Dietler explores these colonial encounters over six centuries, focusing on material culture,... more...

  • Alsace to the Alsatians?by Christopher J. Fischer

    Berghahn Books 2010; US$ 34.95

    The region of Alsace, located between the hereditary enemies of France and Germany, served as a trophy of war four times between 1870–1945. With each shift, French and German officials sought to win the allegiance of the local populace. In response to these pressures, Alsatians invoked regionalism-articulated as a political language, a cultural vision,... more...

  • Strangers in Paradiseby Paul Christensen

    Wings Press 2007; US$ 11.95

    Weaving a fascinating dialogue between the Old World as represented by Provence and the New World of the postmodern American university, this memoir describes in finely wrought detail a poet and critic of literary postmodernism moving his family to France and experiencing village life. Stories of amazing adjustments to a wildly different world are... more...

  • A Fool And His Moneyby Ann Wroe

    Random House 2011; US$ 12.68

    Few books have captured the atmosphere of daily medieval life as well or as movingly as A Fool and His Money. Rodez, in southern France, was divided for centuries by a feud between two masters. This partitioned town thus acquired two distinct cultures. The story focuses on the strange case of Peyre Marques, a merchant who forgets where he has buried... more...

  • A Piano In The Pyreneesby Tony Hawks

    Ebury Publishing 2009; US$ 12.68

    'If you had to pick two things you wanted - if you had to - what would you pick?' I hesitated. This was a bigger question than usually got asked at these post-match debriefs. ' I suppose the honest answer would be,' I said, still accessing the last pieces of required data from a jumbled mind, 'meeting my soul mate, and finding an idyllic house... more...

  • Rive Gaucheby Elke Mettinger-Schartmann; Margarete Rubik; Jorg Turschmann

    Editions Rodopi 2010; US$ 92.00

    From the late 19th century onwards Paris had been a congenial locus for bohemian life. By 1920 Montparnasse had superseded Montmartre as the intellectual and artistic heart of the city, inaugurating a decade of unequalled creative achievement and innovative self-performance. These were the years of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ or années folles... more...

  • The Ceremonial Cityby Robert A. Schneider

    Princeton University Press 1996; US$ 29.95 US$ 27.25

    From public executions to religious processions to political festivities, Toulouse's ceremonial life was remarkably rich in the decades prior to the French Revolution. In an engaging portrait that conveys this provincial city in all its splendor and misery, Robert Schneider explores how Toulouse's civic and community life was represented in the stagings... more...

  • The Greater Journeyby David McCullough

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 14.99

    The #1 bestseller that tells the remarkable story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris, the intellectual, scientific, and artistic capital of the western world, fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned, told by America’s master historian, David McCullough.... more...

  • Classes, Estates and Order in Early-Modern Brittanyby James B. Collins

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 38.00

    Uses the Breton experience to address two fundamental historiographical issues: the meaning of absolutism and the nature of early-modern French society. more...

  • Paris Under Waterby Jeffrey H. Jackson

    St. Martin's Press 2010; US$ 6.79

    In the winter of 1910, the river that brought life to Paris quickly became a force of destruction. Torrential rainfall saturated the soil, and faulty engineering created a perfect storm of conditions that soon drowned Parisian streets, homes, businesses, and museums. The city seemed to have lost its battle with the elements. Given the Parisians'... more...