France and the French: La Vie En Bleu Since 1900
by Rod Kedward, a review from Times Literary Supplement by Julian Jackson.
"Schoolchildren of my generation were brought up on Alfred Cobban's three-volume Penguin history of France from 1715. Cobban, famous for lambasting the Marxist interpretation of the French Revolution, viewed France with a coolly sceptical eye. His three volumes are succinct, learned and witty; they still repay reading. But since their publication a lot has happened both in historiography and history (Cobban's last volume stops in 1962). Some years ago, therefore, Penguin commissioned three historians to write replacement volumes for each century. The first, on the eighteenth century by Colin Jones, was published in 2002; Rod Kedward's France and the French: La Vie En Bleu Since 1900 is the second to appear." Read the entire TLS review.