A Brief History of France

  • by Cecil Jenkins
  • Narrated by Tristan Bernays
  • 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Michael

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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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios