The history of France in the modern period, from the late eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, offers a dynamic, dramatic and multifaceted story. Political ruptures; social change; regional conflicts, world wars and military defeat; economic and cultural reach; values and identity; international influence; and the complexities of national goals in increasingly multilateral contexts, bear witness to the challenges and transformations of the time.
Encompassing political, social, cultural, economic, military and diplomatic themes, this series will adopt a broad-based approach to the investigation of France in the period from the Revolution of 1789 to the present.
Featuring original research and new interpretations from emerging and established scholars, within and outside France, it aims to be a reference point for engaging and innovative writing about France, the French and their history.
By Sally Charnow
July 02, 2021
Edmond Fleg and Jewish Minority Culture in Twentieth-Century France, the first critical biography of the leading French writer, Edmond Fleg (1874–1963), explores his role in forging a modern French Jewish identity before and after the Second World War. Through his writings – plays, novels, poems, ...
By Maude Williams, Bernard Wilkin
November 19, 2018
The collapse of the French army in 1940 is a well-researched topic in Second World War Studies but a surprising gap in the historiography emerges when it comes to the study of the French military prior to the German offensive of May 1940. Using various public and private sources in different ...