Specific Online Resources
Unless otherwise noted (public), the following sources all require access to the California Digital Library (through a proxy server). UC students can set up a proxy script in the browser of their laptop.
History of Paris
General Course resources
- History of Paris – a selected bibliography from H-France.
- Parillusion – images and descriptions of Paris neighborhoods.
- Balzac's Paris – a theme-based guided tour
- Paris History (pages by parisrama.com)
- Paris: History (pages by the WebMuseum)
- Paris arrondissements and population density, 1860-1911
- Dossier on Haussman and Nineteenth-Century Urbanism (in French)
- Belle Epoque Postcards – Paris ca. 1900, with searcheable map.
- Music in Paris in the 1920s, by the BBC
- “Paris Works and Days” – A Photographic Chronicle of Parisian Life in the First Half of the Twentieth Century (from the newspaper L'Aurore-Le Figaro)
- Additional Bibliography (selected topics)
- Historical Maps & Photos of Paris
- An eyewitness account of the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day (August 24, 1572)
- Official site of the Louvre (in French)
- Aerial views of the Louvre
- Louvre extensions (1852-57)
- The Duc of Saint-Simon observes the court at Versailles
- Two portraits of Louis XIV
- Images of Gardens and Grounds
- Historical Documents on the French Revolution and Napoleon
- Exploring the French Revolution: Documents, Images, Texts, Songs, Chronologie
French Society and Politics
Background: Information on the French Government
- Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members: France – A list of the French Heads of State (president, prime minister, various ministers), provided by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
- L'Elysée – (Présidence de la République) Offers a variety of resources, including a searchable database of Président Chirac's speeches, as well as a quick overview on the basics of the French State, with translations of the founding legal documents such as:
- Declaration of Human Rights
- 1958 Constitution – complete with amendments
- Key terms, symbols, and concepts
- Hotel Matignon – (Premier Ministre) Source of biographical and political information on the Prime Minister and his cabinet of ministers, secretaries, and ministers delegate.
- Palais du Luxembourg – (Senat) Comprehensive website of the French Senate's role, both within France and the larger context of the European Union.
- Palais Bourbon – (Assemblée Nationale) The National Assembly site.
- Internet Law Library – (Pritchard Law Webs) has a hodgepodge of French law and reports about the Louisiana Purchase to French Human Rights.
- Law-France – a mailing list and website, contains many useful articles and videos on legal issues in France since World War II.
Following the News
- Tocqueville Connection – good web source for news and analysis in English.
- CALENDA – A useful calendar of social science and history events in France.
- France in Facts and Figures – Website for INSEE (L'Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques), in French.