The Course of French History

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Routledge, 1991 - History - 326 pages
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 and famous people affect the nation as a whole. The book incorporates the findings and perspectives of recent monographic studies with clarity and precision, but it is Goubert's own judgements, direct, forceful and iconoclastic, which make this an invaluable text.

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Mediocre translation that is challenging to read. The content is, nonetheless, interesting and the concise overview is helpful for beginning to get a grasp of the flow of French history. I recommend Cecil Jenkins "A Brief History of France" instead. Read full review

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An eminent French historian's version of French history from 987 to the present, this compact account is written in a delightfully entertaining style. It's a panoramic view, from the plague to Joan of ... Read full review

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About the author (1991)

Goubert is Director of studies at L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

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