Sans-Culottes: An Eighteenth-Century Emblem in the French by Michael Sonenscher

By Michael Sonenscher

It is a daring new historical past of the sans-culottes and the half they performed within the French Revolution. It tells for the 1st time the genuine tale of the identify now often linked to city violence and renowned politics throughout the innovative interval. through doing so, it additionally exhibits how the politics and economics of the revolution may be mixed to shape a surely ancient narrative of its content material and direction. to give an explanation for how an early eighteenth-century salon society comic story approximately breeches and urbanity was once remodeled right into a republican logo, Sans-Culottes examines modern debates approximately Ciceronian, Cynic, and Cartesian ethical philosophy, in addition to matters starting from track and the origins of presidency to estate and the character of the human soul. via piecing jointly this now forgotten tale, Michael Sonenscher opens up new views at the Enlightenment, eighteenth-century ethical and political philosophy, the concept of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and the political heritage of the French Revolution itself.

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Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist by Pierre Birnbaum

By Pierre Birnbaum

Léon Blum (1872–1950), France’s leading minister thrice, socialist activist, and brave opponent of the pro-Nazi Vichy regime, profoundly altered French society. it's Blum who's chargeable for France’s forty-hour week and its paid vacations, which have been among the reforms he championed as a deputy and as top minister, whereas appearing as a proudly seen Jew, a Zionist, and finally a survivor of Buchenwald.
 
This biography absolutely integrates Blum’s Jewish commitments into the bigger tale of his lifestyles. not like earlier biographies that downplay the importance of Blum’s Jewish history on his revolutionary politics, Pierre Birnbaum’s portrait depicts a rare guy whose political convictions have been formed and pushed through his cultural historical past. the writer powerfully demonstrates how Blum’s Jewishness was once relevant to his outlook and project, from his earliest access into the political enviornment in response to the Dreyfus Affair, and the way it sustained and prompted him in the course of the rest of his existence. Birnbaum’s Léon Blum is a severe bankruptcy within the higher heritage of Jews in France.

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Martyrs and Murderers: The Guise Family and the Making of by Stuart Carroll

By Stuart Carroll

Martyrs and Murderers tells the tale of 3 generations of treacherous, bloodthirsty power-brokers. one of many richest and strongest households in sixteenth-century France, the home of Guise performed a pivotal position within the historical past of Europe. one of the staunchest rivals of the Reformation, they whipped up spiritual bigotry all through France. They overthrew the king, governed Scotland for almost twenty years via Mary Queen of Scots, plotted to invade England and overthrow Elizabeth I, and ended the century by means of unleashing the bloody Wars of faith, earlier than succumbing in a counter-revolution that made them martyrs for the Catholic reason. the tale of the Guise relations is sensational yet actual. although components of the tale are familiar--such as their an important position within the homicide of 4,000 Protestants within the notorious bloodbath of Saint Bartholomew--the complete scope in their impact hasn't ever been instructed prior to. Stuart Carroll unravels the legends approximately this cultivated, charismatic, and violent dynasty, and demanding situations conventional assumptions approximately one in every of Europe's so much turbulent eras.

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Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany: The Franco-Prussian by Michael V. Leggiere

By Michael V. Leggiere

This is often the 1st entire background of the crusade that decided regulate of Germany following Napoleon's catastrophic defeat in Russia. Michael V. Leggiere unearths how, within the spring of 1813, Prussia, the weakest of the nice powers, led the fight opposed to Napoleon as a struggle of nationwide liberation. utilizing German, French, British, Russian, Austrian and Swedish resources, he presents a wide ranging historical past that covers the entire sweep of the conflict for Germany from the mobilization of the belligerents, technique, and operations to coalition war, international relations, and civil-military relatives. He indicates how Russian warfare weariness conflicted with Prussian impetuosity, leading to the trouble that nearly ended the 6th Coalition in early June. in one crusade, Napoleon drove the Russo-Prussian military from the banks of the Saale to the banks of the Oder. The Russo-Prussian alliance used to be perilously just about imploding, basically to be stored on the eleventh-hour by means of an armistice.

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La Belle France: A Short History by Alistair Horne

By Alistair Horne

La Belle France is a sweeping, grand narrative written with all of the verve, erudition and vividness which are the hallmarks of the acclaimed British historian Alistair Horne. It recounts the highly soaking up tale of the rustic that has contributed to the realm rather a lot expertise, type and political innovation.

Beginning with Julius Caesar’s department of Gaul into 3 components, Horne leads us—in fast, illuminating vignettes—through the a long time: from Charlemagne, Philippe-Auguste and the solar King, Louis XIV, to Cardinal Richelieu and Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles de Gaulle and Jacques Chirac. He exhibits us a rustic that has suffered and survived possible unending battle: the Hundred Years’ struggle, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars, the Franco-Prussian conflict, international Wars I and II and colonial battles in Indochina and Algeria. He offers us luminous images of the nation’s nice leaders, yet he's as thorough and compelling in his discussions of the lives of the peasants, the haute bourgeoisie, the sansculottes of the Revolution and the good philosophers and writers, artists and composers—Montaigne, Voltaire, Balzac, Renoir, Bizet, Monet, Proust, Satie and Sartre, between them—who have assisted in shaping Western inspiration and culture.

This is a captivating, fantastically illustrated and accomplished but concise background of France.

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Memories of May '68: France's Convenient Consensus by Chris Reynolds

By Chris Reynolds

This e-book sheds new mild on probably the most major classes in contemporary French heritage, the coed revolts of may perhaps 1968. those occasions observed a strictly student-based rebellion speedy develop into an all-out social problem that threatened the political establishment of the time. In its publicity of a deep-seeded malaise, 1968 has long past directly to gather iconic prestige as a watershed 12 months within the improvement of innumerable sectors of French society.Focussing at the portrayal of those occasions throughout the next decennial commemorations, Chris Reynolds analyzes the development of the historical past of 1968. by means of highlighting the ambiguity among the plethora of present fabric on 1968 and the particularly slender body during which the year’s occasions are considered, Reynolds increases complicated concerns in regards to the hole among reminiscence and history. 

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