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France is the most visited country in the world. It attracts millions of tourists, most of whom come in search of beautiful architecture, good food and fine art. But appearances can be deceptive. France is not only a place of culture and glamour; it also carries the bitter memories of violence, division and broken promises.

In this arresting book, Emile Chabal tells the story of a paradoxical country. From the calamitous defeat by Hitler's armies in 1940 to the spectacular gilets jaunes protests, he explores the contradictions that have shaped French history over the last 80 years. The picture that emerges is one of a nation struggling to reconcile its core political values with the realities of a diverse society.

Emile Chabal is a reader at the University of Edinburg where he is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History. His first monograph was titled A Divided Republic: nation, state and citizenship in contemporary France (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Emile Chabal, France (2020). Book launch with commentators Jackie Clarke (Glasgow); Arthur Asseraf (Cambridge); Andrew Smith (Chichester); Robert Tombs (Cambridge) The session will be chaired by Iain Stewart (UCL). 

All welcome- this event is free, but booking is required.