A Concise History of France

Author: Roger Price

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107729122

Category: History

Page: 528

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This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive study of French history available ranging from the early middle ages to the present. Amongst its central themes are the relationships between state and society, the impact of war, competition for power, and the ways in which power has been used. Whilst taking full account of major figures such as Philip Augustus, Henri IV, Louis XIV, Napoleon and de Gaulle, it sets their activities within the broader context of changing economic and social structures and beliefs, and offers rich insights into the lives of ordinary men and women. This third edition has been substantially revised and includes a new chapter on contemporary France - a society and political system in crisis as a result of globalisation, rising unemployment, a failing educational system, growing social and racial tensions, corruption, the rise of the extreme right, and a widespread loss of confidence in political leaders.
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A Concise History of the French Revolution

Author: Sylvia Neely

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742534117

Category: History

Page: 287

View: 2817

This concise yet rich introduction to the French Revolution explores the origins, development, and eventual decline of a movement that defines France to this day. Through an accessible chronological narrative, Sylvia Neely explains the complex events, conflicting groups, and rapid changes that characterized this critical period in French history. She traces the fundamental transformations in government and society that forced the French to come up with new ways of thinking about their place in the world, ultimately leading to liberalism, conservatism, terrorism, and modern nationalism. Throughout, the author focuses on the essential political events that propelled the Revolution, at the same time deftly interweaving the intellectual, social, diplomatic, military, and cultural history of the time. Neely explains how the difficult choices made by the royal government and the revolutionaries alike not only brought on the collapse of the Old Regime but moved the nation into increasingly radical policies, to the Terror, and finally to the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. Written with clarity and nuance, this work offers a deeply knowledgeable understanding of the political possibilities available at any given moment in the course of the Revolution, placing them in a broad social context. All readers interested in France and revolutionary history will find this an engaging and rewarding read.
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A Concise History of Switzerland

Author: Clive H. Church,Randolph C. Head

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107244196

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 4188

Despite its position at the heart of Europe and its quintessentially European nature, Switzerland's history is often overlooked within the English-speaking world. This comprehensive and engaging history of Switzerland traces the historical and cultural development of this fascinating but neglected European country from the end of the Dark Ages up to the present. The authors focus on the initial Confederacy of the Middle Ages; the religious divisions which threatened it after 1500 and its surprising survival amongst Europe's monarchies; the turmoil following the French Revolution and conquest, which continued until the Federal Constitution of 1848; the testing of the Swiss nation through the late nineteenth century and then two World Wars and the Depression of the 1930s; and the unparalleled economic and social growth and political success of the post-war era. The book concludes with a discussion of the contemporary challenges, often shared with neighbours, that shape the country today.
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A Concise History of Germany

Author: Mary Fulbrook

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521540711

Category: History

Page: 277

View: 2510

Examines the social, political, and cultural changes in Germany from the early middle ages to the present.
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A Concise History of Brittany

Author: Gwenno Piette

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780708320372

Category: History

Page: 149

View: 6945

The Breton language and culture has been in long and gradual decline since Brittany’s incorporation into France in 1532—notwithstanding Brittany’s successful reassertion of its linguistic and political identity over the past thirty years. Brittany: A Concise History is the ideal introduction for students of French and Breton history to this remarkable region, as well as an ideal travel companion for any inquisitive globetrotter who enjoys doing her homework. Within the pages of this book, the reader will discover the rich and varied history of this complex and fascinating region—a world of Franks and Romans, dukes and peasants, Celtic nationhood, and enduring legend.
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A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution

Author: Jeremy D. Popkin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405198206

Category: History

Page: 202

View: 302

This book offers students a concise and clearly written overview of the events of the Haitian Revolution, from the slave uprising in the French colony of Saint–Domingue in 1791 to the declaration of Haiti s independence in 1804. Draws on the latest scholarship in the field as well as the author s original research Offers a valuable resource for those studying independence movements in Latin America, the history of the Atlantic World, the history of the African diaspora, and the age of the American and French revolutions Written by an expert on both the French and Haitian revolutions to offer a balanced view Presents a chronological, yet thematic, account of the complex historical contexts that produced and shaped the Haitian Revolution
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A Concise History of Portugal

Author: David Birmingham

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521536868

Category: History

Page: 225

View: 7949

This concise, illustrated history of Portugal, first published in 2003, offers an introduction to the people and culture of the country, its empire, and to its search for economic modernisation, political stability and international partnership. The book studies the effects of the vast wealth mined from Portuguese Brazil, the growth of the wine trade, and the evolution of international ties. The Portuguese Revolution of 1820 to 1851 created a liberal monarchy, but in 1910 the king was overthrown and, by 1926, had been replaced by a dictatorship. In 1975 Portugal withdrew from its African colonies and turned north to become a democratic member of the European Community in 1986. Researched during the years which followed the fall of Portugal's dictators in 1974, this book has become the standard single-volume work. The second edition brings the story up to date and discusses the state of historical writing on Portugal at the turn of the millennium.
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A Concise History of Modern Europe

Liberty, Equality, Solidarity

Author: David S. Mason

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538113287

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 7698

Highlighting the most important events, ideas, and individuals that shaped modern Europe, this text provides a concise history of the continent from the Enlightenment to the present day, focusing on the causes and consequences of revolution; the origins and development of human rights and democracy, and issues of European identity and integration.
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A Concise History of Canada

Author: Margaret Conrad

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052176193X

Category: History

Page: 344

View: 7601

Margaret Conrad's history of Canada begins with a challenge to its readers. What is Canada? What makes up this diverse, complex and often contested nation-state? What was its founding moment? And who are its people? Drawing on her many years of experience as a scholar, writer and teacher of Canadian history, Conrad offers astute answers to these difficult questions. Beginning in Canada's deep past with the arrival of its Aboriginal peoples, she traces its history through the conquest by Europeans, the American Revolutionary War and the industrialization of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to its prosperous present. Despite its successes and its popularity as a destination for immigrants from across the world, Canada remains a curiously reluctant player on the international stage. This intelligent, concise and lucid book explains just why that is.
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A Concise History of Spain

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 110710971X

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Page: N.A

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A Concise History of Poland

Author: Jerzy Lukowski,Hubert Zawadzki

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052185332X

Category: History

Page: 371

View: 919

Updated and expanded second edition covering Polish history, from medieval times to the present day.
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A Concise History of Italy

Author: Christopher Duggan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521760399

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 9971

Comprehensively updated new edition of Christopher Duggan's acclaimed introduction to the history of Italy.
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A Concise History of the Netherlands

Author: James C. Kennedy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521875889

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 742

The Netherlands is known among foreigners today for its cheese and its windmills, its Golden Age paintings and its experimentation in social policies such as cannabis and euthanasia. Yet the historical background for any of these quintessentially Dutch achievements is often unfamiliar to outsiders. This concise history offers an overview of this surprisingly little-known but fascinating country. Beginning with the first humanoid settlers, the book follows the most important contours of Dutch history, from Roman times through to the Habsburgs, the Dutch Republic and the Golden Age. The author, a modernist, pays particularly close attention to recent developments, including the signature features of contemporary Dutch society. In addition to being a political history, this overview also gives systematic attention to social and economic developments, as well as in religion, the arts and the Dutch struggle against the water. The Dutch Caribbean is also included in the narrative.
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Lardner's Outlines of Universal History

Embracing a Concise History of the World, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time : Arranged So that the Whole May be Studied by Periods, Or the History of Any Country May be Read by Itself : with Questions for Examination of Students

Author: Thomas Keightley,Dionysius Lardner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: World history

Page: 514

View: 8174

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A Concise History of the Catholic Church (Revised Edition)

Author: Thomas Bokenkotter

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0307423484

Category: Religion

Page: 624

View: 7266

Expanded and updated for the new millennium. Covering the life of Christ, the election of Pope Benedict XVI, and everything in between, A Concise History of the Catholic Church has been one of the bestselling religious histories of the past two decades and a mainstay for scholars, students, and others looking for a definitive, accessible history of Catholicism. With a clarity that will appeal to any reader, Thomas Bokenkotter divides his study into five parts that correspond to the major historical and epochal developments in Catholicism. His authoritative, thorough approach takes readers from the Church’s triumph over paganism, through "the sound and fury of renewal," to a new section devoted to such topics as dissent and current developments in the ecumenical movement. Informative illustrations throughout the book, new to this edition, enrich the reader's experience, and the addition of a wide-ranging bibliography increases its value as a sourcebook. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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A Concise History of World Population

Author: Massimo Livi Bacci

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119029279

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 698

The latest edition of this classic text has been updated to reflect current trends and implications for future demographic developments. The areas of Africa, international migration and population and environment have been strengthened and statistical information has been updated throughout. A new edition of this classic history of demography text, which has been updated to strengthen the major subject areas of Africa, international migration and population and the environment Includes the latest statistical information, including the 2015 UN population projections revision and developments in China's population policy Information is presented in a clear and simple form, with academic material presented accessibly for the undergraduate audience whilst still maintaining the interest of higher level students and scholars The text covers issues that are crucial to the future of every species by encouraging humanity's search for ways to prevent future demographic catastrophes brought about by environmental or human agency Analyses the changing patterns of world population growth, including the effects of migration, war, disease, technology and culture
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The History of the Bastile

With a Concise Account of the Late Revolution in France

Author: Quintin Craufurd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: France

Page: 437

View: 6467

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