La Belle France

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 512 pages
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"A useful and charming introduction to a nation that has oh-so-definitely helped make the modern world what it is... Horne does a service in helping the reading navigate the complexities of French history." —Los Angeles Times

From the aclaimed British historian and author of Seven Ages of Paris comes a sweeping, grand narrative written with all the verve, erudition, and vividness that are his hallmarks. It recounts the hugely absorbing story of the country that has contributed to the world so much talent, style, and political innovation.

Beginning with Julius Caesar’s division of Gaul into three parts, Horne leads us through the ages from Charlemagne to Chirac, touring battlefields from the Hundred Years’ War to Indochina and Algeria, and giving us luminous portraits of the nation’s leaders, philosophers, writers, artists, and composers. This is a captivating, beautifully illustrated, and comprehensive yet concise history of France.



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LA BELLE FRANCE: A Short History

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A sweeping, literate history of a nation that the English-speaking powers have found vexatious and puzzling—but certainly never boring.François Mitterand, the socialist president of France from 1981 ... Read full review

La Belle France : A Short History

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General readers will welcome this colorful, quick-paced, and highly readable narrative by one of Britain's leading authorities on French history. Prolific author Horne (fellow, St. Anthony's Coll ... Read full review


Title Page
Abelard to PhilippeAuguste
SaintLouis to Philippe le
France Survives and Joins
The Wars of Religion
Good Sense and Good Taste
Richelieu to the Fronde
EIGHT The Age of Louis XIV
Towards the Deluge
ELEVEN The Age of Napoleon
TWELVE Restoration and Revolt

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About the author (2007)

Alistair Horne is the author of eighteen previous books, including A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954—1962, The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916, How Far from Austerlitz?: Napoleon 1805—1815 and the official biography of British prime minister Harold Macmillan. He is a fellow at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, and lives in Oxfordshire. He was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur in 1993 and received a knighthood in 2003 for his work on French history.

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