The Course of French History

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Taylor & Francis, Apr 12, 2002 - History - 336 pages
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This stimulating one-volume history traces the social and economic evolution of France as a nation from the founding of the monarchy in 987, to the present day.
Against a background of structural change, Goubert etches a vivid account of key events and personalities. His perspective is a popular one, and his main interest is in how political events and famous people affect the nation as a whole. The book incorporates the findings and perspectives of recent monographic studies with clarity and precision, but it is Goubert's own judgements, direct, forceful and iconoclastic, which make this an invaluable text.

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

Mediocre translation that is challenging to read. The content is, nonetheless, interesting and the concise overview is helpful for beginning to get a grasp of the flow of French history. I recommend Cecil Jenkins "A Brief History of France" instead. Read full review

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User Review  - Aaron Crossen - Goodreads

Even-treatment of early modern France and the Revolution, but Goubert is writing for a French audience and his understandable biases really play out in the chapters on Louis XIV and the Revolutionary ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Goubert is Director of studies at L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

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