Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Course of French History” as Want to Read:
The Course of French History
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Course of French History

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  50 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
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
...more
ebook, 340 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Routledge (first published 1988)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Course of French History, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Course of French History

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Kevin
May 30, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Rich
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Reasonably good overview of French history. Medieval sections were best, 20th Century Material was rather weak
Derek
rated it liked it
Jul 03, 2008
Georgiane
rated it it was amazing
May 26, 2007
Tyler Davault
rated it it was ok
Aug 17, 2017
Olivia
rated it liked it
Aug 04, 2016
Mark Adams
rated it liked it
Jul 13, 2013
Jose Irving
rated it liked it
Jan 04, 2015
David
rated it really liked it
Jun 25, 2012
Teemu Halme
rated it it was amazing
Aug 12, 2011
Ethan Reeser
rated it liked it
Nov 17, 2014
Tim
rated it liked it
Sep 01, 2015
Jennifer
rated it liked it
Mar 19, 2008
Rebrek
rated it liked it
Jun 20, 2015
Josh Mitchell
rated it liked it
Apr 03, 2015
m d alder
rated it it was ok
Dec 15, 2016
Catherine C Winkler
rated it really liked it
Apr 26, 2015
Pat Quill
rated it liked it
Apr 04, 2017
Kathie
rated it it was ok
Mar 25, 2017
Frank
rated it really liked it
May 31, 2014
T.F. Marine
rated it it was amazing
May 19, 2017
Gian Ciacci
rated it it was ok
May 26, 2015
Mac Read
rated it did not like it
Oct 04, 2014
Robin
rated it liked it
Nov 23, 2009
Marius
rated it really liked it
Jul 05, 2016
Matthew
rated it really liked it
Feb 29, 2012
Chris Heidger
rated it liked it
Jul 28, 2013
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book