This final volume of the Short Oxford History of France explores the huge transformations which have taken place in the areas of politics, society, and culture between the late nineteenth and the end of the twentieth centuries. A leading team of historians provide a re-evaluation of modern French history based on a new, collaborative approach which offers fresh insights on such themes as economic and social change, women, intellectuals and culture, religion
and secularization, as well as an authoritative overview of politics and international relations. The book emphasises throughout what was different about the French experience in relation to other western democracies, and what was distinctive about French political culture and the French sense of national
James F. McMillan is Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of France and Women 1789-1914 (Routledge 2000), and Twentieth Century France (Arnold 1992).
Introduction ; 1. POLITICS, 1880-1914 ; 2. Politics, 1914-1945 ; 3. Politics, 1945-2000 ; 4. France, Europe, and the Wider World ; 5. THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIETY ; 6. The Condition of Women and the Politics of Gender ; 7. Intellectuals and Culture ; 8. Religion and Secularisation ; Conclusion ; Further Reading ; Chronology ; Maps