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Pierre Goubert
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The Course of French History

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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
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Routledge (first published 1988)
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The language is a bit cumbersome, but I think it is good for me to have to read alongside my dictionary sometimes. The way France's history was presented was very interesting. More like a story than a typical history book because we learn of the life of all classes, economics, religion, etc for each time period in addition to the typical wars and political intrigues that are normally recounted. I feel like this book has given me a very good overview of France's history. I did need to supplement ...more
I read The Course of French History in preparation for a trip to Paris after seeing that it was recommended in Rick Steve's guidebook. The author, an economic historian, provides a macro-level view that is clearly intended for a French audience (this version is an English translation), and this did not really meet the needs of someone like myself, with a limited knowledge of French history. Assuming that most readers would be familiar with major figures and events, the book instead focused on ma ...more
Aaron Crossen
Even-treatment of early modern France and the Revolution, but Goubert is writing for a French audience and his understandable biases really play out in the chapters on Louis XIV and the Revolutionary period. Still, his writing is lively and he makes 900 or so years of history just fly by. Mostly informative, although there are some interesting analyses of the Assemblies, the Jacobin Terror and some of the big guns throughout French history; e.g., Mazarin, Richelieu, Colbert and the lot. A great ...more
Mediocre translation that is challenging to read. The content is, nonetheless, interesting and the concise overview is helpful for beginning to get a grasp of the flow of French history. I recommend Cecil Jenkins "A Brief History of France" instead.
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