History of France

The strength of the Peel library’s titles on the history of France is in the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In fact, more than 80% of the 550 titles were published from 1541 to 1899. However, the subject emphasis is major historical events from King Louis XIII to the Napoleonic Empire. Although most titles are primary sources (i.e., discourses, correspondence, memoirs, diaries, addresses, and government documents), these are counterbalanced with a handful of unique modern interpretations of the same events. The language of publication is predominantly French, with some titles in English and a few in German. There are also numerous travel accounts and guidebooks, like Karl Baedeker’s guidebooks dating back to the year 1800 and André du Chesne’s travel guide published in 1647, which complement the University of Alberta’s William C. Wonders Map Collection, the largest academic map collection in Canada. Note: the Gregory S. Javitch Collection includes 67 titles on the history of New France dating back to Samuel de Champlain and the year 1619. 

Collection Formats: 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, Books -- click to see other collections with this format