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The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

by David McCullough

The #1 bestseller that tells the remarkable story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris, the intellectual, scientific, and artistic capital of the western world,...


Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure

by Petie Kladstrup & Donald Kladstrup

The remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II.

"To be a Frenchman means to fight...


Becoming Charlemagne

by Jeff Sypeck

On Christmas morning in the year 800, Pope Leo III placed the crown of imperial Rome on the brow of a Germanic king named Karl. With one gesture, the man later hailed as Charlemagne claimed his empire and forever...


Secret Societies: Illuminati, Freemasons, and the French Revolution

by Una Birch & James Wasserman

The greatest success of the Bavarian Illuminati conspiracy was the French Revolution of 1789. The profound impact of that Revolution is felt to this day in the political destinies of billions of people worldwide....


Tank-Fighter Team

by Robert M. Gerard

This is a fascinating first-hand account of an officer in a small motorized anti-tank unit that tried to harry and slow down the invasion of France by the German war machine in early World War II. Fighting Germans,...


Queen of Fashion

by Caroline Weber

In this dazzling new vision of the ever-fascinating queen, a dynamic young historian reveals how Marie Antoinette's bold attempts to reshape royal fashion changed the future of France

Marie Antoinette has always...


Napoleon: A Political Life

by Steven Englund

This sophisticated and masterful biography, written by a respected French history scholar who has taught courses on Napoleon at the University of Paris, brings new and remarkable analysis to the study of modern...


The Chevalier d'Eon and his Worlds: Gender, Espionage and Politics in the Eighteenth Century

by Simon Burrows, Jonathan Conlin & Russell Goulbourne

Cross-dressing author, envoy, soldier and spy Charles d'Eon de Beaumont's unusual career fascinated his contemporaries and continues to attract historians, novelists, playwrights, filmmakers, image makers, cultural...


The Wars of French Decolonization

by Anthony Clayton

This ambitious survey draws together the two major wars of decolonization fought by France in Indochina and Algeria (as well as the lesser but far from insignificant military operations in Madagascar, Tunisia...


The Dreyfus Affair in French Society and Politics

by Eric Cahm

The Dreyfus affair remains one of the most famous miscarriages of justice in modern times. Eric Cahm's study does justice to the human drama, whilst also throwing light on the wider society and politics of the...


France 1870-1914

by Robert Gildea

The period 1870 - 1914 in France saw the consolidation of republican government and the recovery of national self-confidence. Though political crises such as the Dreyfus Affair threatened to tear it apart, the...


Globalizing de Gaulle: International Perspectives on French Foreign Policies, 1958-1969

by NUENLIST/LOCHER/MARTIN

This book offers novel perspectives and insights into key themes of French foreign policy in the de Gaulle years (1958-69). Globalizing research on the ideas and impact of le gZnZral, the volume's 13 well-matched...


Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends

by Mary McAuliffe

Paris in 1871 was a shambles following military defeat, siege, and a bloody uprising, and the question loomed, could this extraordinary city even survive? By 1900, the Belle Epoque was in full flower, but the...


French Tanks of World War II (2): Cavalry Tanks and AFV's

by Steven Zaloga

The design quality of France's armored vehicles is somewhat forgotten in light of the myth of superiority surrounding the German Panzers' role in the Blitzkrieg against France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The...


The Legend of Napoleon

by Sudhir Hazareesingh

Drawing on archival research, the author traces the emergence of the Napoleonic myth and how it developed into a potent political culture. This book is a study of why the fascination with Napoleon has endured...


Female Piety and the Catholic Reformation in France

by Jennifer Hillman

Hillman presents a fascinating account of the role that women played during the Catholic Reformation in France. She reconstructs the devotional practices of a network of powerful women showing how they reconciled...


The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It

by David A. Bell

The twentieth century is usually seen as “the century of total war,” but as the historian David Bell argues in this landmark work, the phenomenon actually began much earlier, in the age of Napoleon. Bell...


The Paris Commune 1871

by Robert Tombs

The Paris Commune was the biggest and last popular revolution in western Europe - ending the cycle of revolutions that started in 1789. The Parisians, reeling from defeat in the Franco-Prussian War set up their...


Capetian France 987-1328

by Elizabeth Hallam & Judith Everard

In 987, when Hugh Capet took the throne of France, founding a dynasty which was to rule for over 300 years, his kingdom was weak and insignificant. But by 1100, the kingdom of France was beginning to dominate...


Napoleon

by Geoffrey Ellis

This invaluable account provides an excellent introduction to the nature and mechanics of Napoleon's power, and how he used it. It explores Napoleon's rise to fame as a soldier of the French Revolution and his...