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A History of French Passions : Volume 1: Ambition, Love and Politics - Theodore Zeldin

A History of French Passions

Volume 1: Ambition, Love and Politics

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This is a history of the French which tries to explain their idiosyncrasies, enthusiasms and prejudices. It goes beyond the recital of events to investigate their attitudes and behaviour over an unusually wide range of activities. Volume I scrutinizes the peculiar way of thinking and of talking adopted by the French, their powerful sense of national identity, their ambivalent feelings about foreigners. It shows what it meant to be a Breton or a Provencal, an Alsation or an Auvergnat. Volume II analyses French taste and the role of the artist. It enquires into the quality of life, the French view of happiness, friendship and comfort, humour, reactions to scientific progress, compromises with corruption and superstition. This major reinterpretation of France's achievement as a nation and of the individual experience of the French has taken its place as one of the great works of scholarship on modern France, and now re-appears in two paperback volumes.

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`The world's foremost authority on Frenchness.' Time Magazine `One of the major historical works of our collective lifetime ... brilliantly stimulating.' Listener `Brilliant, original, entertaining and inexhaustible.' The Times `The most enjoyable book of its kind in nearly forty years.' New Statesman `Widely hailed as a classic of the historian's art, it remains essential reading. Those students of France who do not yet possess it will welcome this new opportunity to add it to their collection.' Modern and Contemporary France

Lists of Maps and Figures
Introductionp. 1
The Pretensions of the Bourgeoisiep. 11
Doctorsp. 23
Notariesp. 43
The Richp. 53
Industrialistsp. 63
Bankersp. 77
The Ambitions of Ordinary Menp. 87
Bureaucratsp. 113
Peasantsp. 131
Workersp. 198
Marriage and Moralsp. 285
Childrenp. 315
Womenp. 343
The Place of Politics in Lifep. 365
Kings and Aristocratsp. 393
The Genius in Politicsp. 428
Republicanismp. 467
Bonapartismp. 504
The Politicians of the Third Republicp. 570
Opportunismp. 605
Solidarismp. 640
Radicalismp. 683
Socialismp. 725
Indexp. 789
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ISBN: 9780198221777
ISBN-10: 0198221770
Series: Oxford History of Modern Europe : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 830
Published: 7th October 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 5.08
Weight (kg): 1.05