Cote d’Azur, as we know it today—frequented by yachts and film stars—is primarily a product of the last 150 years, but the historical impact of its central location dates back more than 2,500 years. Its geographic position and many natural harbors on the north side of the Mediterranean made it a stopover for early seafaring people like the Greeks; a natural extension of the Roman Empire; a target and base for Saracen raiders; and a place where the ambitions of French, Spanish and Italian kings and princes came into conflict. More recently it has been a destination for tourists, retirees and seekers of improved health, and a landing place for the invasion of France by the Allied armies in the Second World War.
This book begins with Cote d’Azur’s early days and moves through to the present in a comprehensive, but concise, easily readable form that should help travelers relate what they are seeing today to what it was before. It is as historically factual as readily available data permits and tries to emphasize history that relates to what we see today.
About the Author
Arnold G. Danielson has split his time between the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC and the Cote d’Azur since 2002 when he bought a home in Ste.-Maxime overlooking the Gulf of St.-Tropez. In 2010, he moved from Ste.-Maxime to the Mont Boron neighborhood in Nice. During these years he became fascinated with the varied history of the area and how it was influenced by outside forces starting with the Romans and ending with tourists from around the world.
Writing a history of the Cote d’Azur was a change of pace for the retired bank consultant, but he has always had a strong interest in history. In 2007, he published Consolidation of Banking: or How Five Banks bought 50% of America’s Biggest Business about an industry he knew well as both a banker and then as a founder and owner of a bank consulting firm, Danielson Associates. Danielson retired in 2006. He and his wife, Vivian, have been married for 48 years and have two children, David and Diane, and two grandchildren, Andrew and Julianne.