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The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography

The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography

  • Author: Graham Robb
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 9780393068825
  • Category: History
  • Page: 480
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"A witty, engaging narrative style…[Robb's] approach is particularly engrossing." —New York Times Book Review A narrative of exploration—full of strange landscapes and even stranger inhabitants—that explains the enduring fascination of France. While Gustave Eiffel was changing the skyline of Paris, large parts of France were still terra incognita. Even in the age of railways and newspapers, France was a land of ancient tribal divisions, prehistoric communication networks, and pre-Christian beliefs. French itself was a minority language. Graham Robb describes that unknown world in arresting narrative detail. He recounts the epic journeys of mapmakers, scientists, soldiers, administrators, and intrepid tourists, of itinerant workers, pilgrims, and herdsmen with their millions of migratory domestic animals. We learn how France was explored, charted, and colonized, and how the imperial influence of Paris was gradually extended throughout a kingdom of isolated towns and villages. The Discovery of France explains how the modern nation came to be and how poorly understood that nation still is today. Above all, it shows how much of France—past and present—remains to be discovered. A New York Times Notable Book, Publishers Weekly Best Book, Slate Best Book, and Booklist Editor's Choice.

The Discovery of France

The Discovery of France

A Historical Geography from the Revolution to the First World War

  • Author: Graham Robb
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 9780393059731
  • Category: History
  • Page: 454
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An exploration of France's rural landscapes and inhabitants celebrates the country's ancient tribes, prehistoric networks, and early religions, offering insight into how France was explored, charted, and colonized outside of regions under imperial influence.

The Discovery of France

The Discovery of France

  • Author: Graham Robb
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780330427616
  • Category: Bicycle touring
  • Page: 454
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We may think we know its history, its culture and its people from long-ago lessons at school.However, the notion of "the French" as one nation is relatively recent and actually rather misleading; in order to discover the "real" past of France, it's not only necessary to go back in time, but also to go at a slower pace than modern life generally allows.The result of 14,000 miles covered by bicycle (and four years spent in the library), here, at last, is a book that tells the whole story.

The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts

The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts

  • Author: Graham Robb
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 039308163X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 387
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Describes a discovery the author made in the Alps, which uncovered a treasure trove of Druid celestial mathematics that mapped out the entire geography of ancient Europe, and discusses the implications of this new information.

The Course of French History

The Course of French History

  • Author: Pierre Goubert
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 113491928X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 336
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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.

Seven Ages of Paris

Seven Ages of Paris

  • Author: Alistair Horne
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0804151695
  • Category: History
  • Page: 496
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In this luminous portrait of Paris, the celebrated historian gives us the history, culture, disasters, and triumphs of one of the world’s truly great cities. While Paris may be many things, it is never boring. From the rise of Philippe Auguste through the reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIV (who abandoned Paris for Versailles); Napoleon’s rise and fall; Baron Haussmann’s rebuilding of Paris (at the cost of much of the medieval city); the Belle Epoque and the Great War that brought it to an end; the Nazi Occupation, the Liberation, and the postwar period dominated by de Gaulle--Horne brings the city’s highs and lows, savagery and sophistication, and heroes and villains splendidly to life. With a keen eye for the telling anecdote and pivotal moment, he portrays an array of vivid incidents to show us how Paris endures through each age, is altered but always emerges more brilliant and beautiful than ever. The Seven Ages of Paris is a great historian’s tribute to a city he loves and has spent a lifetime learning to know. "Knowledgeable and colorful, written with gusto and love.... [An] ambitious and skillful narrative that covers the history of Paris with considerable brio and fervor." —LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW

The Debatable Land

The Debatable Land

The Lost World Between Scotland and England

  • Author: Graham Robb
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1509804722
  • Category: History
  • Page: N.A
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‘A book worth reading’ Andrew Marr, Sunday Times The Debatable Land was an independent territory which used to exist between Scotland and England. At the height of its notoriety, it was the bloodiest region in Great Britain, fought over by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James V. After the Union of the Crowns, most of its population was slaughtered or deported and it became the last part of the country to be brought under the control of the state. Today, its history has been forgotten or ignored. When Graham Robb moved to a lonely house on the very edge of England, he discovered that the river which almost surrounded his new home had once marked the Debatable Land’s southern boundary. Under the powerful spell of curiosity, Robb began a journey – on foot, by bicycle and into the past – that would uncover lost towns and roads, reveal the truth about this maligned patch of land and result in more than one discovery of major historical significance. Rich in detail and epic in scope, The Debatable Land takes us from a time when neither England nor Scotland could be imagined to the present day, when contemporary nationalism and political turmoil threaten to unsettle the cross-border community once more. Writing with his customary charm, wit and literary grace, Graham Robb proves the Debatable Land to be a crucial, missing piece in the puzzle of British history. Includes a 16-page colour plate section.

Strangers

Strangers

Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century

  • Author: Graham Robb
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 9780393326499
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 341
  • View: 5033
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A fresh examination of the development of homosexual culture during the nineteenth century in Europe and America describes the lives of gay men and women, how they discovered their sexuality, how they made contact with like-minded people, the relationship of gay culture to religion, and how homosexuals were treated by society. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Modern France

Modern France

A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Vanessa R. Schwartz
  • Publisher: OUP USA
  • ISBN: 0195389417
  • Category: History
  • Page: 140
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A lively and informative short volume that shows that France is not a faded glory but rather a place that has defined and shaped the key issues of our contemporary world, such as democracy and universal human rights, the emergence of a culture of consumerist spectacle, the tensions between nationalism and contemporary multiculturalism, and the role of religion in the modern state.

A History of France from the Earliest Times to the Treaty of Versailles

A History of France from the Earliest Times to the Treaty of Versailles

  • Author: William Stearns Davis
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: France
  • Page: 642
  • View: 388
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The Geography of the Ocean

The Geography of the Ocean

Knowing the ocean as a space

  • Author: Anne-Flore Laloë
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317030540
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 170
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Despite the fact that the vast majority of the earth’s surface is made up of oceans, there has been surprisingly little work by geographers which critically examines the ocean-space and our knowledge and perceptions of it. This book employs a broad conceptual and methodological framework to analyse specific events that have contributed to the production of geographical knowledge about the ocean. These include, but are not limited to, Christopher Columbus’ first transatlantic journey, the mapping of nonexistent islands, the establishment of transoceanic trade routes, the discovery of largescale water movements, the HMS Challenger expedition, the search for the elusive Terra Australis Incognita, the formulation of the theory of continental drift and the mapping of the seabed. Using a combination of original, empirical (archival, material and cartographic), and theoretical sources, this book uniquely brings together fascinating narratives throughout history to produce a representation and mapping of geographical oceanic knowledge. It questions how we know what we know about the oceans and how this knowledge is represented and mapped. The book then uses this representation and mapping as a way to coherently trace the evolution of oceanic spatial awareness. In recent years, particularly in historical geography, discovering and knowing the ocean-space has been a completely separate enterprise from discovering and colonising the lands beyond it. There has been such focus on studying colonised lands, yet the oceans between them have been neglected. This book gives the geographical ocean a voice to be acknowledged as a space where history, geography and indeed historical geography took place.

France

France

A Modern History from the Revolution to the War with Terror

  • Author: Jonathan Fenby
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1250096839
  • Category: History
  • Page: 576
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With the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815, the next two centuries for France would be tumultuous. Critically acclaimed historian and political commentator Jonathan Fenby provides an expert and riveting journey through this period as he recounts and analyzes the extraordinary sequence of events of this period from the end of the First Revolution through two others, a return of Empire, three catastrophic wars with Germany, periods of stability and hope interspersed with years of uncertainty and high tensions. As her cross-channel neighbor Great Britain would equally suffer, France was to undergo the wrenching loss of colonies in the post-Second World War era as the new modern world we know today took shape. Her attempts to become the leader of the European union was a constant struggle, as was her lack of support for America in the two Gulf Wars of the past twenty years. Alongside this came huge social changes and cultural landmarks, but also fundamental questioning of what this nation, which considers itself exceptional, really stood—and stands—for. That saga and those questions permeate the France of today, now with an implacable enemy to face in the form of Islamic extremism which so bloodily announced itself this year in Paris. Fenby will detail every event, every struggle, and every outcome across this expanse of 200 years. It will prove to be the definitive guide to understanding France.

Changing Identities in Early Modern France

Changing Identities in Early Modern France

  • Author: Michael Wolfe
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9780822319139
  • Category: History
  • Page: 410
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Changing Identities in Early Modern France offers new interpretations of what it meant to be French during a period of profound transition, from the outbreak of the Hundred Years War in the mid-fourteenth century to the consolidation of the Bourbon monarchy in the seventeenth century. These essays consider a period when medieval notions were gradually giving way to new definitions of the state, society, and family; when dynastic struggles and religious wars raised new questions about loyalty and identity; when the meaning of "Frenchness" was very much in flux. The collection begins by examining the interplay between competing ideologies and public institutions, from the monarchy to the Parliament of Paris to the aristocratic household. The volume then shifts to explore the dynamics of deviance and dissent, particularly as they involved women's roles in movements for religious reform, as well as topics such as the sensational phenomena of the witch hunts and infanticide trials. Concluding essays speak to the complex ways in which, in response to the discovery of the New World and the spectacular spread of Calvinism, regional and confessional identities reshaped French identity. Avoiding the historicist trap of imputing a certain inevitability or sense of progress to actions taken long ago, this important volume questions the notion that modern national identities represent the culmination of long developments that stretch back seamlessly to the Middle Ages. Changing Identities in Early Modern France will be valued for its incisive exploration of questions at the leading edge of the most recent historical methodologies and will be of particular interest to students and scholars of France, the early modern period, and the history of religion. Contributors. Charmarie Blaisdell, William Bouwsma, Lawrence M. Bryant, Denis Crouzet, Robert Descimon, Barbara B. Diefendorf, Richard M. Golden, Sarah Hanley, Mack P. Holt, Donald R. Kelley, Kristen B. Neuschel, J. H. M. Salmon, Zachary Sayre Schiffman, Silvia Shannon, Alfred Soman, Michael Wolfe

The Life of Property

The Life of Property

House, Family and Inheritance in Béarn, South-west France

  • Author: Timothy Jenkins
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • ISBN: 9781845456672
  • Category: History
  • Page: 181
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Longstanding and resilient local ideas of property and practices of inheritance control the destinies of those living in Bearn, a region of south-west France in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. Based on extensive fieldwork and archival research that combines ethnography and intellectual history, this book explores these long-term continuities of a particular way of life within a broad framework. These local ideas have found expression twice at the national level: first, in sociological arguments proposed by Frederique Le Play about the family that shaped debates on social reform and the repair of national identity in the last third of the nineteenth century-debates that would play a part in subsequent European thought and in contemporary European social policy. Second, they fed into late twentieth-century sociological categories through the influential work of Pierre Bourdieu. This study of Bearn illustrates the multi-layered life of local concepts and practices, and the continuing contribution of the local to modern European national history.

Balzac

Balzac

A Biography

  • Author: Graham Robb
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 9780393313871
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 572
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A portrait of the self-destructive French novelist follows Balzac's early literary disappointments, impractical money-making schemes, love affairs, correspondences, and achievements

A Traveller's History of France

A Traveller's History of France

  • Author: Robert Cole
  • Publisher: Interlink Books
  • ISBN: 9781566566063
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 238
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Describes France's evolution from the first conquests of ancient Gaul to the twenty-first century, including a chronology, historical gazetteer, and lists of rulers and monarchs.

France in the Era of Fascism

France in the Era of Fascism

Essays on the French Authoritarian Right

  • Author: Brian Jenkins
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • ISBN: 9781845452971
  • Category: History
  • Page: 232
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This volume brings together the leading critics of the 'immunity thesis' to fascism in France in the 1930s - Robert Paxton, Zeev Sternhell and Robert Soucy - who have refined and updated their positions in these essays.

The Accidental Scientist

The Accidental Scientist

The Role of Chance and Luck in Scientific Discovery

  • Author: Graeme Donald
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781782437802
  • Category:
  • Page: 224
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Have you ever wondered how the ideas for some things come about? Surprisingly it is often as much down to chance as a single person's brilliance. The Accidental Scientist explores the role of chance and error in scientific, medical and commercial innovation, outlining exactly how some of the most well-known products, gadgets and useful gizmos came to be. Encompassing everything from DNA profiling to fingerprinting and TNT to the telephone, this book explores many of the discoveries that we are all so familiar with today, yet have the most interesting origins because of the story behind them. Not all discoveries require brilliance, and as The Accidental Scientist demonstrates, sometimes a special ingredient is needed: luck.

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret

A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

  • Author: Glynis Ridley
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • ISBN: 0307463532
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 291
  • View: 6594
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Documents the pioneering round-the-world journey of adventurer Jeanne Baret, tracing how she disguised herself as a boy to accompany her lover, botanist Philibert Commerson, on his 18th-century voyage before her true gender was exposed. Reprint.

Longitude

Longitude

The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

  • Author: Dava Sobel
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 9780802779434
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 208
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Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives, and the increasing fortunes of nations, hung on a resolution. The scientific establishment of Europe-from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton-had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.