This stimulating one-volume history traces the social and economic evolution of France as a nation from the founding of the monarchy in 987, to the present day.
Against a background of structural change, Goubert etches a vivid account of key events and personalities. His perspective is a popular one, and his main interest is in how political events and famous people affect the nation as a whole. The book incorporates the findings and perspectives of recent monographic studies with clarity and precision, but it is Goubert's own judgements, direct, forceful and iconoclastic, which make this an invaluable text.
'This a vivid, perceptive and highly personal piece of writing, excellent as an introductory text which seeks to enthuse the uninitiated.' - Modern & Contemporary France
'Vivid, entertaining and forceful, it combines the broad sweep of history with detailed examination of the key events and personalities.' - France
'Elegant, witty and reflective' - The Observer
'Manages to be sumultaneously pithy and accurate, satirical and dispassionate, summary and all-embracing.' - Literary Review
'Lively, well-written, satirical and profound.' - Emmanuel Le Roy