A Traveller's History of France
published 2007 ē 5" x 7 3/4" • 272 pages • maps and line drawings
ISBN 9781566566063 • paperback • $14.95 •
"France comes alive in the pages of this book, helping transform the tourist into a traveller... Cole transports the reader back through France's long and tumultuous history in a manner, which keeps one engrossed in the unfolding tale... This is the book for any potential traveller..." -Small Press
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Millions of travellers visit France each year. The glories of the French countryside, the essential harmony of French architecture, the wealth of historical relics, the myriad of cultural opportunities – all make the country a perennial and irresistible attraction.
A Traveller's History of France takes the reader from the first conquests of ancient Gaul through the Renaissance, the turmoil and triumph of the French Revolution, and on through the 20th century of French history all the way to the present.
Professor Robert Cole teaches Modern European History at Utah State University. He has travelled extensively in France. His published books include A Traveller's History of Paris, A Traveller's History of Germany (in the same series), a history of British propaganda and European neutral countries in the Second World War, and an analysis of the writing of late British historian A.J.P. Taylor. He has also reviewed extensively for a variety of academic history journals.
'Undoubtedly the best way to prepare for a trip to France is to bone up on some history. The Traveller's History of France by Robert Cole is concise and gives the essential facts in a very readable form.' The Independent
Undoubtedly the best way to prepare for a trip to France... [It] is concise and gives the essential facts in a very readable form. -The Independent (London)
'This little book is a very good idea indeed, a running commentary on the complexities, triumphs and tragedies of French history from the Lascaux Caves to the Pompidou centre. A must for tourists who want to know what happened where.' The Birmingham Post
'A brilliant idea from Gloucestershire publishers Windrush: a series of books which give a potted history of European countries. Ostensibly aimed at holidaymakers, the first on France, is an excellent introduction for anyone who wants an idiot's guide to a history that has so often intertwined with our own.' The Oxford Times
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