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A History of Modern France: 1799-1871 v. 2 (A History of Modern France #2)
This second volume begins with the refashioning of French laws and institutions under Napoleon Bonaparte in 1799 and ends with the Commune of Paris in 1871. While there is an ample supply of "facts", this book devotes more attention to the great turning-points of the period aiming not to force agreement wih his own interpretation but rather to stimulate readers to ask thei ...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published May 30th 1970 by Penguin Books Ltd
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Couldn't call it a particularly entertaining read, but deals professionally with a fairly uninspiring era of French politics - the restoration, the second republic and the second empire. I have to say the French do not come out of this time very well: Cobban charts the clash between the idealism and the huge vested interests and compares it to events across the Channel in England where much more progress was achieved in terms of industrial strengthening and enfranchising ordinary men without the ...more
Cobban was educated at Latymer Upper School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Before his professorship [in French History] at University College, London, he was a lecturer in history at King's College in Newcastle-on-Tyne. He held a Rockefeller Fellowship for research in France and was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Harvard University.More about Alfred Cobban...
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