A Concise History

Gwenno Piette


Gwenno Piette

Distributed for University of Wales Press

192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2008
Cloth $10.00 ISBN: 9780708320372 Published July 2008 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The Breton language and culture has been in long and gradual decline since Brittany’s incorporation into France in 1532—notwithstanding Brittany’s successful reassertion of its linguistic and political identity over the past thirty years. Brittany: A Concise History is the ideal introduction for students of French and Breton history to this remarkable region, as well as an ideal travel companion for any inquisitive globetrotter who enjoys doing her homework. Within the pages of this book, the reader will discover the rich and varied history of this complex and fascinating region—a world of Franks and Romans, dukes and peasants, Celtic nationhood, and enduring legend.

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1. Prehistoric Armorica to the end of Roman domination (5000 BC – AD 420)

2. The British immigrations and the establishment of a Breton kingdom (AD 450-950)

3. Brittany becomes a duchy (936-1341)

4. The War of Succession and the end of the duchy (1341-1532)

5. Golden age and civil war (1532-1676)

6. Economic decline and the onset of the Revolution (1670-1789)

7. Revolution and counter-revolution (1789-1815)

8. Emigration, religion and language (1815-1914)

9. From the Great War to the eve of the Second World War (1914-39)

10. The Second World War to the present day



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