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    DescriptionIt's easy to reduce France to the sum of its parts: weekend breaks amid the culture of Paris or summer holidays basking in the sunshine of the south; accounts of the Revolution - Madame Defarge knitting beside the guillotine - and Napoleon's battle at Waterloo (mis)remembered from school history lessons; a country famous for its intellectuals, its philosophers and writers, its fashion, food and wine. Despite this, however, the notion of 'the French' as one nation is relatively recent and - historically speaking - quite misleading; in order to discover the 'real' past of France, it's not only necessary to go back in time, but also to go at a slower pace than modern life generally allows: this book is the result of 14,000 miles covered by bicycle (and four years spent in the library). It is at last a book which tells the whole story. 'Funny, enterprisingly researched, and undertaken with few apparent preconceptions ...This is an excellent, amusing, decent book, which covers an enormous amount of ground in a little space' - Philp Hensher, "Spectator". 'A fascinating study of a complex subject, written with humanity, sceptical intelligence and an impressive command of the sources' - "Daily Telegraph". 'A fascinating mix of personal testimony and judiciously filleted history' - "The Times".


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    Title
    The Discovery of France
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Graham Robb
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780330427609
    ISBN 10: 0330427601
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, WTL
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000, HIS013000
    DC22: 944
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHD, WTL
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.), maps, ports
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    PICADOR
    Publication date
    07 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958. He has published widely in nineteenth-century French literature: his highly acclaimed adaptation of Claude Pichois and Jean Ziegler's biography of Baudelaire appeared in 1989, his biography of Balzac in 1994, his Victor Hugo - winner of the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Award and the Whitbread Biography Award - in 1997, and his critically applauded biography of Rimbaud in 2000. He lives in Oxford.