France

France

A Modern History From the Revolution to the War With Terror

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"With the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815, the next two centuries for France would be tumultuous. Critically acclaimed historian and political commentator Jonathan Fenby provides an expert and riveting journey through this period as he recounts and analyzes the extraordinary sequence of events of this period from the end of the First Revolution through two others, a return of Empire, three catastrophic wars with Germany, periods of stability and hope interspersed with years of uncertainty and high tensions. As her cross-channel neighbor Great Britain would equally suffer, France was to undergo the wrenching loss of colonies in the post-Second World War era as the new modern world we know today took shape. Her attempts to become the leader of the European Union was a constant struggle, as was her lack of support for America in the two Gulf Wars of the past twenty years. Alongside this came huge social changes and cultural landmarks, but also fundamental questioning of what this nation, which considers itself exceptional, really stood--and stands--for. That saga and those questions permeate the France of today, now with an implacable enemy to face in the form of Islamic extremism which so bloodily announced itself this year in Paris. Fenby will detail every event, every struggle, and every outcome across this expanse of 200 years. It will prove to be the definitive guide to understanding France."--Provided by publisher.
Published: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250096838
1250096839
Branch Call Number: 944 FEN
Characteristics: xxxix, 536 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,25 cm

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RobertBoucher
Dec 05, 2016

A somewhat amusing history of French politics for the past two centuries. lots of gossip and tales of infidelity on the part of the powerful ones. But not in my mind a serious history. but it does emphasize that the french are even more messed up than we are.

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