Modern France and the World
Modern France and the World provides an engaging global history of the key events of modern France and its empire. It moves beyond the traditional political narrative of the development of the French Republican nation-state to offer both national and international perspectives of its evolution.
The volume illustrates the integral exchanges that have taken place between France and the modern world, from global trade in the eighteenth century to the impact of postcolonial immigration and globalization on French identity and on France’s diverse population. It includes the voices of women, colonized populations, and those who both embraced and challenged the spread of French ideas and values around the globe. Drawing on methodologies of social, cultural, and gender history, this textbook integrates a wide range of analytical tools to entice readers to engage more deeply in France’s dynamic global history.
By presenting the history of France and its global engagements from the mid-seventeenth century to the present, this volume is an essential resource for all students who study the history, politics, and culture of modern France.
1. Globalizing France in the Era of Enlightenment 2. Radical Revolutions and Rights of Man 3. The Napoleonic Empire 4. Restoration and the Liberal Order 5. Social and Political Revolutions 6. New Imperial Designs: The Second Empire 7. The Imperial Third Republic 8. The Fin de Siècle and its Discontents 9. Global France at War, 1914-1919 10. Illusions of Peace, 1920-1939 11. War and Occupation, 1939-1944 12. Postwar Reconstruction and Imperial Deconstruction, 1944-1962 13. The Politics of Grandeur: The Fifth Republic in a New Europe 14. Globalized France 15. The Legacy of Empire in Twenty-First Century France