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An Historical Geography of France : Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography - Xavier De Planhol

An Historical Geography of France

Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography

By: Xavier De Planhol, Professor Paul Claval (As told to), Janet Lloyd (Translator)

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Published: 29th April 1994
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An Historical Geography of France is the first book of its kind to appear in the English language. Xavier de Planhol and Paul Claval, two of France's leading scholars in the field, 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, despite its natural physical boundaries and long territorial history. They examine the relatively late development of a more complex territorial geography, involving political, religious, cultural, agricultural and industrial unities and diversities. The conclusion reached is that only in the twentieth century had France achieved a profound territorial unity, and only now are the fragmentations of the past being overwritten.

"[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

List of figures
Preface
The Genesis of France
The isthmus of Gaul
The impact of Rome
From Gaul to France
The birth of France
The Traditional Organisation of the Territory of France
The major divisions
The secondary divisions
The Centralisation and Diversification of the French Space
Paris and the Parisian centralisation
Cultural action and reaction: unity and diversity
The economic differentiation of space
The rural exodus and urbanisation
The France of large organisations
Notes
Guide to further reading
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521322089
ISBN-10: 0521322081
Series: Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 590
Published: 29th April 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 1.03