"Every man has two countries," Henri de Bornier once said, "his own and France." Indeed, France has captivated us for centuries. Here, in this compelling history from acclaimed historian Marshall B. Davison, is its story: from prehistory to its conquest by Julius Caesar; from its invasion by the Franks, who gave us the name we use today, to the reign of Charlemagne; from the rule of the Bourbon monarchs, who reached their apex under the Sun King, Louis XIV, to the bloody days of the French Revolution; from the ruthless rise and reign of Napoleon Bonaparte to the brutal Nazi occupation during World War II.
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About the Author
Marshall B. Davidson, a graduate of Princeton University, was a long-time editor of American Heritage and Horizon magazines and author of more than twenty-five books, including The World of 1776. He began his career with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he served as associate curator of the American Wing and director of publications for twenty-six years.
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France: A History based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Informative, Quick Read France is a relatively small country - as the author notes, it is less than a quarter the size of its former colony Algeria - yet it accomplished much over the centuries, and its story and its people are to be admired. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good history. The book is divided into 10 chapters: “From Cave Dwellers to Barbarians,” “The Darkness of Barbarianism,” “Medieval Crucible,” “French Renaissance,” “A Splendid Century,” “Twilight of the Ancient Regime,” “The Great Storm,” “Restorations of Royalty,” “A Third Republic,” and “The Fourth Republic.” All are well-written and contain the telling detail that brings a story to life. Also, Marshall B. Davidson does an especially good job of bringing various royals to life. Five stars.
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