This text is a concise publication on France, the land, its people and its great contribution to world culture. It contains a chronological account of the most important events which have shaped France and the French society in the course of centuries and a compact overview of the country’s arts and letters. It is a guide to places of interest, historic sites, famous monuments and art treasures and provides essential information for all those interested in France. It is suitable for use as a college manual of French Civilization, a «companion to French studies» and a «travel companion» to sophisticated visitors of France. It is the first history of French civilization in English, an invaluable reference tool for scholars, and a must for libraries.