"As a French economic historian, I get now and then requests from colleagues overseas asking for an English language crash course in twentieth century French economic history. So far, I was never able to provide a single reference...This little book by Jean-Pierre Dormois...is therefore most welcome: it fills a gap and provides an excellent starting point for whoever is interested by the achievements of the French economy during the last century." EH.NET, Marc Flandreau, Institut d'Etudes
Is France still an exception in Europe, or have the French come back into line? In this textbook, Jean Pierre Dormois surveys France's spectacular Economic transformation over the past century. The book gives a general introduction to the major transformation of French society and illustrates modern economic development. It tackles the key themes associated with France, such as 'Malthusianism', 'exceptionalism' and 'Colbertism', as well as those found in standard country economic assessments such as the role of human capital formation, economic institutions, and openness to the rest of the world.