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excellent introduction, and an easy and entertaining read
on 9 April 2003
The innovative organisation of this book is what really distinguishes it from other works. Instead of simply trudging through the historical events in chronological order, each chapter focuses on a particular theme, such as the impact of the war in Algeria, or the treatment of women in French society. Not only does this make the book very entertaining, as it gives the reader a multi faceted look into post war French history which is often absent in other books; it also makes it very easy to read, as each chapter is self contained. The critical viewpoint evident in many places is also welcome, as there are too many books on France written by people who seem to idealise the country and overlook its faults. All in all, an excellent introduction into the subject, and highly recommended for people with a passing interest in modern France.