The History of France
2nd Edition
by W. Scott Haine
May 2019, 310pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6382-0
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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France—home to such individuals as Napoleon, Louis XIV, and Coco Chanel—is now the one of the largest markets in the world for rap and hip-hop.

Few nations have such a long and rich history as France. This indispensible volume covers political, economic, and cultural milestones throughout its long and fascinating history.

From Gothic cathedrals to rap and hip-hop, France is at the intersection of the worlds of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, and it continues to renew the democratic model of politics. Having weathered the storms of the first half of the 20th century, France has helped to curb the recent global march of right-wing nationalism, while economically France ranks among the U.S., China, Japan, Germany, and Great Britain as one of the most powerful economies in the world.

The History of France is up-to-date and concise yet comprehensive, offering a readers a current, narrative history of France. Engagingly written for students and general readers alike, it brings to life the compelling history of this fractious and fascinating country. Chronological chapters examine the history of France through the first year and a half of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. A timeline and appendix of Significant Individuals round out the work.


  • Includes a timeline of significant events in the history of France, providing students with an at-a-glance overview of France’s history
  • Offers an appendix of Notable People in the History of France to give readers with brief biographies of those who have made important contributions to the country’s history
  • Presents photos and maps to provide additional context for and support the text
  • Includes an annotated bibliography to give readers detailed information on resources for further study
W. Scott Haine is adjunct professor of history at the University of Maryland University College, Canada College, and College of San Mateo. In addition to the first edition of this text, which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2000, he also wrote The World of the Parisian Café: Sociability Among the French Working Class, 1789–1914; Customs and Culture of France; and The Thinking Space: European Cafes in Intellectual and Cultural Life. His research interests include the history of Paris and French cafés and the cultural history of alcohol.

The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations

Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world’s nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation’s long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
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