France 1815-2003: Modern History For Modern Languages
By Martin Evans
Routledge – 2004 – 224 pages
MODERN HISTORY FOR MODERN LANGUAGES
Written in an accessible style and assuming no prior knowledge, the books in this series address the specific needs of students on language courses. Approaching the study of history from an interest in contemporary politics and society, each book offers a clear historical narrative and sets its region into a world context.
Chronological in approach, France 1815-2003 focuses on the main events in French political history, including major socio-economic themes where relevant. Events include the French Revolution, the Bourbon Restoration, the July Monarchy, the Second Republic and the Second Empire, The Third Republic, Occupied France, The Fourth Republic, The Gaullist Revolution, After De Gaulle: Pompidou and Giscard and From 'La Grande Alternance' to 'Normalization'.
Drawing upon the latest research, particular emphasis has been given to the role of political memory, the contribution of women and the impact of colonialism and post-colonialism.
A range of pedagogical devices and a lively prose style ensure that the book is tailor-made to the requirements of French language undergraduates.
The book includes:
. timelines of main events at the start of each chapter
. glossary-style inserts concentrating on non-official perspectives to show the ways in which history has impacted upon the lives of ordinary people
.topics for discussion
.a selection of original documents including songs, posters, diaries and eye-witness accounts
The book will be supplemented by a specialised web-site that will include links, interviews with key historians and further documents.
1 The French Revolution: history, memory, politics
2 The Bourbon Restoration 1814-30
3 The July Monarchy 1830-48
4 The Second Republic (1848-52) and the Second Empire (1852-70)
5 The Third Republic 1870-1914
6 France 1914-31
7 France 1931-39
8 Occupied France 1940-44
9 The Fourth Republic 1944-58
10 The Gaullist Revolution 1958-69
11 After De Gaulle: Pompidou (1969-74) and Giscard (1974-81)
12 1981-2003: From La Grande Alternance to Normalisation?
Martin Evans is Reader in Contemporary History and Emmanuel Godin is
Senior Lecturer in French Studies. Both work in the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK