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A list of key readings about French Third Republic.
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  • Bernard, Philippe, and Henri Dubief. The Decline of the Third Republic, 1914 - 1938 (The Cambridge History of Modern France) (1988) excerpt and text search
  • Chapman, Guy. The Third Republic of France: The First Phase 1871-1894, (1962) online edition
  • Fortescue, William. The Third Republic in France, 1870-1940 (2000)
  • Hutton, Patrick H. et al. Historical Dictionary of the Third French Republic, 1870-1940 (2 vol 1986) online edition vol 1; online edition vol 2
  • Randell, Keith. France: The Third Republic 1870-1914 (1986)
  • Sedgwick, Alexander. The Third French Republic, 1870-1914 (1968) online edition
  • Weber, Eugen Joseph. The Hollow Years: France in the 1930s (1996), 364pp excerpt and text search; also online review

Scholarly studies

  • Accampo, Elinor A., Rachel G. Fuchs, and Mary Lynn Stewart, eds. Gender and the Politics of Social Reform in France, 1870—1914 (1995).
  • Bredin, Jean-Denis. The Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus (1986)
  • Cahm, Eric. The Dreyfus Affair in French Society and Politics (1996), 216pp online edition
  • Chapman, Guy. The Dreyfus Case: A Reassessment (1955) online edition
  • Childers, Kristen Stromberg. "The Evolution of the Welfare State: Social Rights and the Nationalization of Welfare in France, 1880-1947." French Politics, Culture and Society. v24#2 (2006). pp: 129+. online edition
  • Childers, Kristen Stromberg. Fathers, Families, and the State in France, 1914-1945 (2003).
  • Dutton, Paul V. Origins of the French Welfare State: The Struggle for Social Reform in France, 1914-1947 (2002)
  • Elwitt, Sanford. The Third Republic Defended: Bourgeois Reform in France, 1880-1914. (1986). 304 pp.
  • Jackson, J. Hampden. Clemenceau and the Third Republic (1962) online edition
  • Jones, H. S. The French State in Question: Public Law and Political Argument in the Third Republic. (1993). 231 pp.
  • Lehning, James R.; To Be a Citizen: The Political Culture of the Early French Third Republic (2001) online edition
  • Mainardi, Patricia. The End of the Salon: Art and the State in the Early Third Republic. (1993). 210 pp.
  • Mayeur, Jean-Marie, and Madeleine Rebérioux. The Third Republic from its Origins to the Great War, 1871-1914 (The Cambridge History of Modern France) (1988) excerpt and text search
  • Nord, Philip. "The Welfare State in France, 1870-1914," French Historical Studies v.18#3 (Spring 1994): 821-38;
  • Price, Roger. A Social History of Nineteenth-Century France (1987) 403pp. 403 pgs. online edition
  • Ralston, David R. The Army of the Republic. The Place of the Military in the Political Evolution of France 1871-1914 (1967).
  • Robb, Graham. The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography, from the Revolution to the First World War (2007)
  • Smith, Paul. Feminism and the Third Republic: Women's Political and Civil Rights in France, 1918-1945. (1996). 301 pp.
  • Smith, Timothy B. Creating the Welfare State in France, 1880-1940 (2003).
  • Stone, Judith. Sons of the Revolution: Radical Democrats in France, 1862—1914 (1996)
  • Surkis, Judith. Sexing the Citizen: Morality and Masculinity in France, 1870-1920. (2006). 277pp. ISBN 0-8014-4464-0.
  • Tombs, Robert. The Paris Commune 1871 (1999)
  • Watson, David Robin. Clemenceau. A Political Biograpby (1974).
  • Weber, Eugen. Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914 (1976) excerpt and text search
  • Zeldin, Theodore. France, 1848-1945: vol 1: Politics and Anger; vol 2: Intellect & Pride; vol 3: Anxiety and Hypocrisy (1979-81)

World War I

  • Tucker, Spencer, ed. European Powers in the First World War: An Encyclopedia (1999)
  • Winter, J. M. Capital Cities at War: Paris, London, Berlin, 1914-1919 (1999)

Interwar foreign policy

see World War II, Origins

  • Adamthwaite, Anthony. "France and the Coming of War" in Patrick Finney, ed. The Origins of the Second World War (1997)
  • Adamthwaite, Anthony. Grandeur and Misery: France's Bid for Power in Europe, 1914-40 (1995) 276 pp
  • Bell, P.M.H. The Origins of the Second World War in Europe (3rd ed. 2007)
  • Bernard, Philippe, and Henri Dubief. The Decline of the Third Republic, 1914 - 1938 (The Cambridge History of Modern France) (1988) excerpt and text search
  • Boxer, Andrew. "French Appeasement: Andrew Boxer Considers Explanations for France's Disastrous Foreign Policy between the Wars." History Review v. 59 (2007) pp. 45+. online edition
  • Boyce, Robert. French Foreign and Defence Policy, 1918-1940: The Decline and Fall of a Great Power (1998) excerpt and text search
  • Doughty, Robert A. The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940 (1990), military history
  • Duroselle, Jean-Baptiste. France and the Nazi Threat: The Collapse of French Diplomacy 1932-1939 (2004)
  • Jackson, Julian. The Fall of France: The Nazi Invasion of 1940 (2004) excerpt and text search
  • Jackson, Peter. "Post-War Politics and the Historiography of French Strategy and Diplomacy Before the Second World War," History Compass Vol. 4, August 2006 online edition
  • Jackson, Peter. France and the Nazi Menace: Intelligence and Policy Making, 1933-1939 (2000)
  • Kaiser, David E. Economic diplomacy and the origins of the Second World War: Germany, Britain, France and Eastern Europe, 1930-1939 (1980)
  • Macmillan, Margaret, and Richard Holbrooke. Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World (2003) on Versailles Treaty. excerpt and text search
  • Maier, Charles S. Recasting Bourgeois Europe (1975), economic policy in 1920s, compares France, Germany, and Italy
  • Marks, Sally. The Illusion of Peace: International Relations in Europe, 1918-1933 (2nd ed, 2003) excerpt and text search
  • Overy, Richard. The Road to War (2nd ed. 2000) excerpt and text search
  • Watt, Donald Cameron Watt. How War Came: The Immediate Origins of the Second World War, 1938-1939 (1989)
  • Young, Robert J. France and the Origins of the Second World War (1996) excerpt and text search
  • Young, Robert J. French Foreign Policy, 1918-1945: A Guide to Research and Research Materials. (1991)