- Hardcover: 759 pages
- Publisher: George Braziller; 1st edition (June 1965)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807603104
- ISBN-13: 978-0807603109
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,873,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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History of Modern France Hardcover – June, 1965
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New, enlarged edition. Three books in one. The Old Regime, Age of Reform and Age of Revolution--795p, incl 7 maps, further reading, chronological table and index.
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Don't get me wrong, detail is appreciated when studying French history at the advanced level, yet the author's writing often focuses upon certain cases at the expense of neglecting crucial insights into profound moments in French history. These moments, such as the Dreyfus Affair or the Vichy experience, were, to my mind, glossed over in favor of more unnecessary details. Furthermore, I would have liked to see the author make use of source material, which is largely absence in quoted form throughout the body of the text.
All in all, it's an adequate treatment of French history, but you'd be better searching source material or looking elsewhere for treatments of the subject should you wish to thematically understand the important issues of French history rather than viewing it as a jumble of historical jargon compiled into a text.
While the book reads smoothly I found it lacking to a degree in a kind of anecdotal and storytelling brilliance which makes History most come alive.