2nd Edition

Transnational France The Modern History of a Universal Nation

By Tyler Stovall Copyright 2022
    458 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    458 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Now in its second edition, Tyler Stovall’s Transnational France takes a transnational approach to the history of modern France that draws the reader into a key aspect of France’s political culture: universalism.

    Beginning with the French Revolution and its aftermath, Stovall traces French history right up to the present day and examines France’s relations with three other areas of the world: Europe, the United States, and France’s colonial empire. The book shines a light onto both French identity and the history of the world more broadly, which allows the reader to engage with French history in a much wider context. This new edition features an additional chapter on France in the twenty-first century that offers an analysis of current events and issues as seen through historical perspective. Issues addressed include anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and the gilets jaunes, as well as the impact of Brexit, the maturation of the National Front under Marine LePen, and the administration of Emmanuel Macron.

    Giving a global view of France’s history, this is the perfect volume for students of modern France and French history courses.


    1. French Revolution, World Revolution

    2. Restoration, Revolution, and Empire: France, 1815–1852

    3. Imperial Democracy? France under the Second Empire, 1852–1870

    4. Paris: The Making of a World Capital

    5. The Universal Republic

    6. The Republican Empire

    7. The Universal Nation in a World at War

    8. From One War to Another: The Universal Nation in Crisis

    9. France in the Second World War: Defeat and Rebirth of the Universal Nation

    10. The Fourth Republic: New Challenges for the Transnational Nation

    11. The Fifth Republic: A New Era for France

    12. Postcolonial France: A New Universal Nation?

    13. Into the Present: France in the Twenty-First Century



    Tyler Stovall is the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University in New York, USA. He is a historian of modern France and his most recent book is White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea (2021).