A Brief History of France by Cecil Jenkins
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When we think of France we often evoke images of fine food and wine, the elegant boulevards of Paris, the chic beaches of St Tropez. Yet, as the largest country in Europe, it is a place of huge diversity. The idea of ‘Frenchness’ emerged from over 2000 years of history and it is a riveting story from Roman conquest to the present day.

Cecil Jenkins tells the story of the formation of this nation through its people, great events and culture. Through this narrative he charts why the French began to see themselves as so different from the rest of Europe and why, today, they face the same problems of identity as many other nations.
 

About Cecil Jenkins

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Cecil Jenkins is the Dean of European Studies at Sussex University. He has written books on Francois Mauriac and Andre Malraux, as well as other twentieth century French writers. He lives in London.
 
Published May 26, 2011 by Robinson. 337 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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