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Modern France: 1880-2002 (Short Oxford History of France) Hardcover – December 18, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0198700586 ISBN-10: 019870058X

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As one might expect from such a distinguished team of historians of France, all the contributions are of a very high standard, and manage to be authoritative without being didactic. French History

About the Author

James F. McMillan is Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of France and Women 1789-1914 (Routledge 2000), and Twentieth Century France (Arnold 1992).

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Product Details

  • Series: Short Oxford History of France
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019870058X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198700586
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,368,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A highly readable account of the history of France from the Belle Époque to the present day. It's divided into two primary sections, political history and society and culture. Like others in this series, it has an appendix consisting of a chronology, maps, and an indicative further reading list. he contents are:
I. Politics, 1880-1914 , James McMillan
2. Politics, 1914-1945 , Kevin Passmore
3. Politics, 1945-2000 , Richard Vinen
4. France, Europe, and the Wider World , David Watson

II. Society and Culture
5. The Transformation of Society , John Horne
6. The Condition of Women and the Politics of Gender , Sian Reynolds
7. Intellectuals and Culture , Robert Tombs
8. Religion and Secularisation , Maurice Larkin

Conclusion, Further Reading, Chronology, Maps

It seems to be aimed as a text for upper undergraduates, or a review for historians from other fields (my case), and as such presents a lively account of a tumultuous time without inordinate detail (it isn't termed a "short" history without reason). I think the general reader would also enjoy this, but may need some additional references at hand.
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