The Best Books On The History Of France

By Jeremy Black

The Books I Picked & Why

France Since 1945

By Robert Gildea

France Since 1945

Why this book?

The leading British interpreter of French history from 1940 produced this valuable guide to a period of major transformation in French history. Gildea has cogently argued that French politics reflects long-lasting divisions that play out in different mileux.


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Paris: The Biography of a City

By Colin Jones

Paris: The Biography of a City

Why this book?

No history of France can be complete without Paris, and this is the best account of that city, told adroitly by a specialist who conveys his enthusiasm well. Jones successfully presents Paris both as a unit and as a context for a range of identities and experiences.


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The Oxford History of the French Revolution

By William Doyle

The Oxford History of the French Revolution

Why this book?

Bill Doyle is the leading British interpreter of the French Revolution and this is a subtle account of its causes and course. Very good on the need to look for specific political causes rather than any supposedly inevitable pattern of socio-economic conflict.


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The Merovingian Kingdoms 450 - 751

By Ian Wood

The Merovingian Kingdoms 450 - 751

Why this book?

The best point of departure for our understanding of medieval France, and a skillful build on often fragmentary sources. Wood shows how ‘barbarian’ invaders meshed with elements of Romanitas in order to produce continuities, notably in Christianity, as well as a very different society of rulership.


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The Valois: Kings of France 1328-1589

By Robert Knecht

The Valois: Kings of France 1328-1589

Why this book?

A scholarly account of the family that ruled France from 1328 to 1589. Knecht concentrates on the high politics, but his book is a valuable linkage of the Middle Ages and the early-modern age, taking readers from the Hundred Years’ War to the French Wars of Religion. France’s bloody history emerges clearly.


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