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A Brief History of France

Brief Histories
Lu par : Tristan Bernays
Durée : 10 h et 47 min
Catégories : Anglais - History, European
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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 2,000 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.

©2011 Cecil Jenkins (P)2014 Audible Ltd

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Great book, perfectly read and produced.

I was a bit skeptical at first, as the title seems quite generic and such books tend to be neither informative nor fun.
Yet, I was wrong. Not only the story is complete, covering all the periods from the origins of the peoples in the area to the politics of the XXI century, but it's also still very far from a condensed, raw fact sheet. There is a lot of digressions, side stories, cultural insights and all the other things that make it sound a bit like a fabular story - still giving the dates, names and logical consequences. Of course, the level of details won't be enough for the history nerds that should look for a more specific books.

The book also feels very neutral, whenever possible including the view of the same events by different parties, quotes or evidences - and therefore might be worth noting for those that learned the history at school, which often is a bit nationally biased.

Last but not least, the narrateur sets the whole new level of reading. It really feels as if he was there and is telling his own story now.
Hands down, the best produced book I've got from audible so far.

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  • GG
  • 26/09/2017

Would not recommend

This book suffers the typical failings of histories. It speeds past the first two thousand years so fast you can barely pick up anything, then slows to painful sloth for the 20th century to the extent that it becomes mind numbing. There is way too much name dropping of kings and politicians that muddies your ability to comprehend the a actual events.

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  • Michael
  • 19/04/2016

good narrative

The narrative is shifted heavily towards the description of post De Gaulle presidencies while ancient and mideval histories are breezed through at a speed. Nevertheless it is a review well written and well performed.

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  • Christopher
  • 04/10/2016

A fantastic read!

Absolutely fantastic crash course in French culture and history from Roman times through the present. Excellent and easy to follow narration of what could otherwise be a dense read, full of interesting and relevant content.

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  • juan_vilella
  • 04/06/2018

very uk centred.

the book puts the british and the british empire as the only reference and foe.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26/09/2018

Surprised and delighted

In listening to the brief extract introducing this book, I thought it might be shallow or un-rigorous. Nothing could be further from the truth. As an ‘Anglo-Saxon’-type, I was surprised and delighted by the author’s fair treatment of French history and culture. And by everything I learned. 100% recommend.

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  • David Rivera
  • 04/01/2018

Great overview of the history

Particularly enjoyed the entertaining reader. Great overview of history economy an culture of France. Will look for mor

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