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An Historical Geography of France

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521031356

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  • In the first book of its kind to appear in the English language, two of France's leading scholars trace the historical geography of their country from its roots in the Roman province of Gaul to the present day. They demonstrate how, for centuries, France was little more than an ideological concept, and examine the relatively late development of a more complex territorial geography, involving political, religious, cultural, agricultural and industrial unities and diversities. Their conclusion is that it is only recently that France has achieved its territorial unity, and has overwritten the fragmentations of its past.

    • The only book of its kind to appear in the last 50 years before it was first published
    • Broad text book that will appeal to many levels
    • Authors are arguably France's most distinguished historical geographers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "[de Planhol] displays impressive scholarly and literary skill as an interpreter of many aspects of France....He has provided historians with a clear demonstration of geographical purpose and imagination." The Geographical Review

    "This volume is the first comprehensive historical geography of France available in English. ...insights large and small sparkle on these pages." The Professional Geographer

    "..the book provides a clear framework for an easy understanding of the dominance of factors of unity over factors of unity over factors of dislocation affecting French history, and to a larger extent the French psyche. ,,,this Historical Geography of France is an absolute pleasure to read. ...this multi-purpose book is necessary addition to the library of all colleges or universities where French programs still carry some weight." Laurent Ditmann, European Studies Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521031356
    • length: 592 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 92 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Part I. The Genesis of France:
    1. The isthmus of Gaul
    2. The impact of Rome
    3. From Gaul to France
    4. The birth of France
    Part II. The Traditional Organisation of the Territory of France:
    5. The major divisions
    6. The secondary divisions
    Part III. The Centralisation and Diversification of the French Space:
    7. Paris and the Parisian centralisation
    8. Cultural action and reaction: unity and diversity
    9. The economic differentiation of space
    10. The rural exodus and urbanisation
    11. The France of large organisations
    Guide to further reading

  • Author

    Xavier de Planhol, Université de Paris I


    Janet Lloyd


    Paul Claval, Université de Paris I

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