France and Its Empire Since 1870

Written by Alice L. Conklin, Sarah Fishman and Robert Zaretsky
France and Its Empire Since 1870
Written by Alice L. Conklin, Sarah Fishman, and Robert Zaretsky
Oxford University Press, Second Edition

Providing an up-to-date synthesis of the history of an extraordinary nation, one that has been shrouded in myths, many of its own making, France and Its Empire Since 1870 seeks both to understand these myths and to uncover the complicated and often contradictory realities that underpin them. It situates modern French history in transnational and global contexts and also integrates the themes of imperialism and immigration into the traditional narrative.

New to this Second Edition, published at Oxford University Press
Chapter 1 offers greatly expanded coverage of events between 1815 and 1870
Chapter 14 offers new coverage of events from 2007 to 2013
Now includes suggested readings for each chapter to guide students interested in learning more
Expanded photo captions give more context and information


Alice L. Conklin is Professor of History at the Ohio State University. She received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1979, a M.A. in French Studies from NYU in 1984, and a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 1989. She teaches Modern European History, with a particular focus upon nineteenth and twentieth-century France and its empire. Her field specialties include history of European imperialism, the history of the modern social sciences, the history of the idea of race, and European women's and gender history. She has taught at OSU since 2004; previously she taught at the University of Rochester.

Sarah Fishman is Professor of History and Associate Dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston. She is a historian of Europe specializing in twentieth-century French history with an emphasis on gender and society. She is currently the associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Fishman received her Bachelor's degree in History from Oberlin College in 1979, an MA in International Relations from the University of Southern California in 1980, an MA (1981) and a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, 1987.

Robert Zaretsky is Professor of French History at the University of Houston. He specializes in French history when not teaching in The Human Situation. His books include Nîmes at War (Penn State University 1995), Cock and Bull Stories: Folco de Baroncelli and the Invention of the Camargue (Nebraska 2004), and with John Scott, The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding (Yale 2009). His most recent books are Albert Camus: Elements to a Life (Cornell 2010) and, with Alice Conklin and Sarah Fishman, France and its Empire Since 1870 (Oxford 2010). He is currently writing two books: Boswell's Enlightenment (Yale UP) and A Life Worth Living: Why Camus Matters (Harvard UP). (Ph.D., University of Virginia)

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