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Modern France and the World

By Darcie Fontaine Copyright 2023
    342 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    342 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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


    Darcie Fontaine is a historian of the modern French empire, focusing on North Africa, and is the author of Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the End of Empire in France and Algeria (2016).