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Napoleon's Mameluke: The Memoirs of Roustam Raeza

by Roustam Raza & Jonathan North Enigma Books (August 24, 2015)

The colorful memoirs of Napoleon’s bodyguard, translated for the first time, provide a vivid picture of the general and emperor.


Culture and Society in France 1789-1848

by F. W. J. Hemmings Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

This book, first published in 1987, complements the author's earlier volume on Culture and Society in France 1848-1898. It deals with the interaction of social history and cultural history, covering in succession...


How Far From Austerlitz?

by Alistair Horne St. Martin's Press (November 04, 2014)

A London Sunday Times Book of the Year

A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year

The Battle of Austerlitz was Napoleon's greatest victory, the culmination of one of the greatest military campaigns of all time. It was...


When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944

by Ronald C. Rosbottom Little, Brown and Company (August 05, 2014)

The spellbinding and revealing chronicle of Nazi-occupied Paris

On June 14, 1940, German tanks entered a silent and nearly deserted Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation....


Globalizing de Gaulle: International Perspectives on French Foreign Policies, 1958-1969

by Garret Martin, Anna Locher, Christian Nuenlist & Piers Ludlow et al. Lexington Books (April 27, 2010)

This book offers novel perspectives and insights into key themes of French foreign policy in the de Gaulle years (1958-69). Globalizing research on the ideas and impact of le gZnZral, the volume's 13 well-matched...


France on the Brink

by Jonathan Fenby Arcade (August 05, 2014)

This completely revised and fully updated edition of the book Bill Bryson called “superb” presents a sharply insightful, authoritative portrait of France today as it struggles to live up to its vision of...


Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris

by Eric Jager Little, Brown and Company (February 25, 2014)

A riveting true story of murder and detection in 15th-century Paris, by one of the most brilliant medievalists of his generation.

On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of...


3200 Old-Time Cuts and Ornaments

by Blanche Cirker Dover Publications (November 05, 2012)

Royalty-free pictures from 1909 French typography catalog: plants, animals, religious motifs, music, carriages, boats, sports, furniture, clothing; plus borders, banners, wreaths, and other ornaments. Over 3,200...


Classic French Fashions of the Twenties

by Atelier Bachwitz Dover Publications (April 01, 2013)

This fine reproduction of a 1929 catalog features fashions for all occasions, with 54 color plates showcasing everything from chiffon promenade dresses to a white alpaca jumper and a silk-and-lace evening gown....


The French Revolution

by Thomas Carlyle & A.H.R. Ball Dover Publications (April 26, 2012)

First published in 1837, Carlyle's authoritative and faithful account offers a dramatic and eloquent portrait of the events, heroes and villains, and the profound historical impact of the French Revolution.....


Philosophical Dictionary

by Voltaire & H. I. Woolf Dover Publications (November 27, 2012)

These brief essays form a thought-provoking analysis of 18th-century social and religious conventions. Voltaire's sardonic wit lends a modern feeling to his writings on God, mortality, freedom, justice, and...


The Old Regime and the French Revolution

by Alexis de Tocqueville Dover Publications (February 07, 2012)

This 1856 volume constitutes one of the most important books ever written about the French Revolution. It explores the rebellion's origins and consequences, offering timeless insights into the pursuit of individual...


Reflections on the Revolution in France

by Edmund Burke Dover Publications (August 01, 2012)

Published in 1790, two years before the start of the Terror, this work offered a remarkably prescient view of the chaos that lay ahead. It articulates a defense of property, religion, and traditional values....


The Marquis d'Argens: A Philosophical Life

by Julia Gasper Lexington Books (December 11, 2013)

In The Marquis d’Argens: A Philosophical Life Julia Gasper analyzes the life and works of an influential Enlightenment writer and philosopher. Through meticulous research, Gasper provides the only comprehensive...


The Affair of the Poisons

by Anne Somerset St. Martin's Press (January 14, 2014)

The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread, arrests followed. Suspects...


Stephen Larigaudelle Dubuisson, S.J. (1786-1864) and the Reform of the American Jesuits

by Cornelius Michael Buckley UPA (October 24, 2013)

Cornelius Michael Buckley, S.J. delves into Stephen Larigaudelle Dubuisson’s life, using him as the point of departure to describe the tensions among Jesuits in Maryland after the restoration of the order...


Colonial Culture in France since the Revolution

by Alexis Pernsteiner, Nicolas Bancel, Sandrine Lemaire & Dominic Thomas et al. Indiana University Press (December 02, 2013)

This landmark collection by an international group of scholars and public intellectuals represents a major reassessment of French colonial culture and how it continues to inform thinking about history, memory,...


Between France and New France: Life Aboard the Tall Sailing Ships

by Gilles Proulx Dundurn (January 01, 1984)

Between France and New France is an absorbing look at life abroad the sailing vessels which plied the North Atlantic during the French colonial era in North America.


Marianne in Chains

by Robert Gildea Henry Holt and Co. (July 30, 2013)

A startling and original view of the occupation of the French heartland, based on a new investigation of everyday life under Nazi rule

In France, the German occupation is called simply the "dark years." There...


France and the Nazi Threat: The Collapse of French Diplomacy 1932-1939

by Jean-Baptiste Duroselle Enigma Books (March 01, 2004)

This book completes the picture for our understanding of how Nazi Germany was able to triumph in 1940.


When France Was King of Cartography: The Patronage and Production of Maps in Early Modern France

by Christine Marie Petto Lexington Books (February 23, 2007)

When France Was King of Cartography investigates over a thousand maps and nearly two dozen map producers, analyzes the map as a cultural artifact, map producers as a group, and the array of map viewers over...


Memory, Empire, and Postcolonialism: Legacies of French Colonialism

by Alec Hargreaves Lexington Books (September 08, 2005)

Long repressed following the collapse of empire, memories of the French colonial experience have recently gained unprecedented visibility. This interdisciplinary volume explores the multiple forms of this upsurge...


Louis Althusser and the Traditions of French Marxism

by William Lewis Lexington Books (October 17, 2005)

In a careful exposition of French Marxism, William Lewis places Althusser and his thought alongside the pre- and post-war French communist intellectual climate: the result is an excellent and unique work. Part...


Liberalism under Siege: The Political Thought of the French Doctrinaires

by Aurelian Craiutu Lexington Books (September 16, 2003)

Liberalism Under Siege: The Political Thought of the French Doctrinaires is a compelling examination of the French Doctrinaires, a largely neglected group of liberal thinkers in post-revolutionary France who...


Compass of Society: Commerce and Absolutism in Old-Regime France

by Henry C. Clark Lexington Books (December 01, 2006)

Compass of Society rethinks the French route to a conception of 'commercial society' in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Henry C. Clark finds that the development of market liberalism, far from being...


After the Deluge: New Perspectives on the Intellectual and Cultural History of Postwar France

by Julian Bourg & François Dosse Lexington Books (November 17, 2004)

Motivated by a desire to narrate and contextualize the deluge of 'French theory,' After the Deluege showcases recent work by today's brightest scholars of French intellectual history that historicizes key debates,...


The Norman Conquest: England after William the Conqueror

by Hugh M. Thomas Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 15, 2007)

Exploring the successful Norman invasion of England in 1066, this concise and readable book focuses especially on the often dramatic and enduring changes wrought by William the Conqueror and his followers. From...


Paris at the End of the World

by John Baxter Harper Perennial (April 15, 2014)

A preeminent writer on Paris, John Baxter brilliantly brings to life one of the most dramatic and fascinating periods in the city’s history.

From 1914 through 1918 the terrifying sounds of World War I could...


French Anti-Americanism (1930-1948): Critical Moments in a Complex History

by Seth D. Armus Lexington Books (February 09, 2007)

French Anti-Americanism offers a historical exploration of the central role of anti-Americanism in French thought, and the often compromised position of France's intelligentsia during World War II. Dr. Seth...


Becoming Charlemagne

by Jeff Sypeck HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

On Christmas morning in the year 800, Pope Leo III placed the crown of imperial Rome on the brow of a Germanic king named Karl. With one gesture, the man later hailed as Charlemagne claimed his empire and forever...


Alexis de Tocqueville

by Joseph Epstein HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Alexis de Tocqueville was among the first foreigners to recognize and trumpet the grandness of the American project. His two-volume classic, Democracy in America, published in 1835, not only offered a vivid...


Surviving the French Revolution: A Bridge across Time

by Bette W. Oliver Lexington Books (May 16, 2013)

From the beginning of the French Revolution in July 1789 until the end of the Terror five years later, those involved sought to devise survival strategies according to their personal beliefs and goals. The acceleration...


Historical Dictionary of the Napoleonic Era

by George F. Nafziger Scarecrow Press (December 11, 2001)

This work is intended as a broad review, devoting a majority of its attention to the military and political events and personalities of the period, while also surveying the major artistic, social and cultural...


Historical Dictionary of France

by Gino Raymond Scarecrow Press (October 23, 2008)

Through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on kings, politicians, authors, architects, composers, artists, and philosophers, a thorough history...


Paris Reborn

by Stephane Kirkland St. Martin's Press (April 02, 2013)

Stephane Kirkland gives an engrossing account of Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann, and one of the greatest transformations of a major city in modern history

Traditionally known as a dirty, congested, and dangerous...


The Royal Financial Administration and the Prosecution of Crime in France, 1670-1789

by Albert N. Hamscher University of Delaware Press (July 13, 2012)

This book explores the French monarchy’s role in financing criminal prosecutions in the royal courts of the realm between 1670 and 1789.


Stael's Philosophy of the Passions: Sensibility, Society and the Sister Arts

by Tili Boon Cuillé & Karyna Szmurlo Bucknell University Press (December 20, 2012)

This volume examines the philosophical, political, and personal convictions that informed Staël’s theory of the passions and the social and aesthetic innovations to which it gave rise. Moving from her affective...


France's Lost Empires: Fragmentation, Nostalgia, and la fracture coloniale

by Nicola Frith, Kate Marsh, Indra N. Mukhopadhyay & Claire Eldridge et al. Lexington Books (December 28, 2010)

This collection of essays investigates the fundamental role that the loss of colonial territories at the end of the Ancient Regime and post-World War II has played in shaping French memories and colonial discourses....


Elihu Washburne: The Diary and Letters of America's Minister to France During the Siege and Commune of Paris

by Michael Hill & David McCullough Simon & Schuster (November 06, 2012)

This is the remarkable and inspiring story—told largely in his own words— of American diplomat Elihu Washburne, who heroically aided his countrymen and other foreign nationals when Paris was devastated by...


Dreyfus

by Ruth Harris Henry Holt and Co. (June 22, 2010)

The definitive history of the infamous scandal that shook a nation and stunned the world

In 1894, Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army, was wrongfully convicted of being a spy for Germany and imprisoned...


Paris Under Water

by Jeffrey H. Jackson St. Martin's Press (January 05, 2010)

In the winter of 1910, the river that brought life to Paris quickly became a force of destruction. Torrential rainfall saturated the soil, and faulty engineering created a perfect storm of conditions that soon...


When the Guillotine Fell

by Jeremy Mercer St. Martin's Press (June 24, 2008)

How long did the guillotine's blade hang over the heads of French criminals? Was it abandoned in the late 1800s? Did French citizens of the early days of the twentieth century decry its brutality? No. The blade...


How the French Invented Love

by Marilyn Yalom Harper (October 23, 2012)

“Absolutely marvelous…lively and learned….Marilyn Yalom’s book is a distinguished contribution to our experience of a great literature, as well as an endearing memoir.”

—Diane Johnson, author of Lulu...


The Battle of the Casbah: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Algeria 1955-1957

by Paul Aussaresses Enigma Books (February 01, 2004)

This book is particularly relevant to the current debate on terrorism. That story constitutes the main part of this book. It details the methods used, including torture and summary executions, and the results...


Lieutenant Schreiber's Country

by Andreï Makine Arcade (May 01, 2018)

Jean-Claude Servan-Schreiber enlisted in the French army at the outset of World War II and quickly rose to the rank of lieutenant. Despite his patriotism and courage in defending his country, in which he narrowly...


The Essence of Provence

by Pierre Magnan & Richard Seaver Arcade (November 21, 2011)

The extraordinary rags-to-riches tale of Olivier Baussan and the roadside soap stand that became L’Occitane, one of the world’s most successful purveyors of natural fragrances. Founded in 1976 by Olivier...


(Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living

by Mark Greenside Skyhorse (May 08, 2018)

Every year upon arriving in Plobien, the small Breton town where he spends his summers, American writer Mark Greenside picks back up where he left off with his faux-pas–filled Francophile life. Mellowed and...


Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy

by Soledad Fox Maura Arcade (July 10, 2018)

In this gripping, authoritative biography, Soledad Fox Maura reveals the tumultuous true-life story of the Oscar-nominated screenwriter responsible for Z and The War Is Over.

A man of many faces, Jorge Semprún...


A Bloody Day

by Dan Harvey Merrion Press (June 05, 2017)

Within the grand narrative of the Battle of Waterloo – one that marks the end of Napoleon’s career as conqueror and the beginning of an extended peace in western Europe – little is known of the formidable...


The Political Thought of the French League and Rome (1585-1589)

by Cornel Zwierlein Librairie Droz (May 01, 2016)

Since the nineteenth century, the political thought of the French Catholic League (1585-1595) has been considered to be mere plagiarism of Calvinist monarchomach texts written after the St Bartholomew's Day...