Discovery of France A Historical Geography

ISBN-10: 0393333647

ISBN-13: 9780393333640

Edition: N/A

Authors: Graham Robb
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Description: "A witty, engaging narrative style....[Robb's] approach is particularly engrossing."--New York Times Book Review, front-page review A narrative of exploration--full of strange landscapes and even stranger inhabitants--that explains the enduring fascination of France. While Gustave Eiffel was changing the skyline of Paris, large parts of France were still terra incognita. Even in the age of railways and newspapers, France was a land of ancient tribal divisions, prehistoric communication networks, and pre-Christian beliefs. French itself was a minority language. Graham Robb describes that unknown world in arresting narrative detail. He recounts the epic journeys of mapmakers, scientists, soldiers, administrators, and intrepid tourists, of itinerant workers, pilgrims, and herdsmen with their millions of migratory domestic animals. We learn how France was explored, charted, and colonized, and how the imperial influence of Paris was gradually extended throughout a kingdom of isolated towns and villages. The Discovery of Franceexplains how the modern nation came to be and how poorly understood that nation still is today. Above all, it shows how much of France--past and present--remains to be discovered. ANew York TimesNotable Book,Publishers WeeklyBest Book,SlateBest Book, andBooklistEditor's Choice. 16 pages of illustrations.

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List price: $18.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Peter Porter was born in Brisbane, Australia on February 16, 1929. He moved to London in 1951 and worked as a bookseller and in advertising before writing on poetry for the Observer. In 1961, he published his first collection of poems, Once Bitten, Twice Bitten. His other works include The Cost of Seriousness, Better Than God, and Max is Missing, which won the Forward prize in 2001. His other awards include the Duff Cooper prize, the Whitbread poetry award, and the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry. He died on April 23, 2010 at the age of 81.Graham Robb's two previous books, "Victor Hugo" & "Balzac," were "New York Times" Notable Books. He lives in Oxford, England.

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