An essential introduction to the major political problems, debates and conflicts which are central to the history of the Third Republic in France, from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 to the fall of France in June 1940.
It provides original sources, detailed commentary and helpful chronologies and bibliographies on topics including:
* the emergence of the regime and the Paris Commune of 1871
* Franco-German relations
* anti-Semitism and the Dreyfus Affair
* the role of women and the importance of the national birth-rate
* the character of the French Right and of French fascism.