From the Enlightenment and the French Revolution to colonialism in the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia, France has had a profound impact on the modern world. Famous for its cultural and political contributions to civilization, France now occupies a central role in the European Union, of which it is the largest member state.A Brief History of France offers a broad overview of the country's history, from the prehistoric Neanderthals to the present nation at the heart of the European Union, while also exploring the country's geography, culture, and society. Loaded with black-and-white photographs, maps, and informative sidebars, this new resource paints a detailed picture for readers interested in this European country.Coverage includes:Migration and eventual defeat of the Gauls by the Romans under Julius CaesarWave of invasions of Germanic tribes from central and eastern EuropeChristianity and the Kingdom of the FranksJoan of Arc and the making of the monarchyThe French RevolutionRepublican ruleFood and fashionTwo world wars and the interwar yearsRegeneration and transformationContemporary culture and leisureIssues of cultural assimilation and multiculturalism in the 21st century.
Paul F. State holds a master of public affairs, with a concentration in European Union affairs, from The American University and a master of international affairs, with a concentration in European history, politics, and economics, from Columbia University, USA. He is the author of A Brief History of the Netherlands, A Brief History of Ireland, and Historical Dictionary of Brussels. He lives in Buffalo, New York, USA.