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Modern France : A Very Short Introduction - Vanessa R. Schwartz

Modern France

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 10th October 2011
ISBN: 9780195389418
Number Of Pages: 160

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In this Very Short Introduction, Vanessa Schwartz argues that modern France, as both a world stage and a global crossroads, is an essential actor in the development of contemporary culture. Indeed, French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents, and more people still visit France than anywhere else in the world. French fashion continues to dominate haute couture and, at the same time, French people are at the forefront of international "style," which was as true in the first half of the twentieth century as it is today. This tension between "Frenchness" as both particular and transnational remains one of the most compelling qualities of the culture. If French culture and culture producers are working around the globe, if Paris is an international capital, the marvel is that France still manages to attract visitors from all over the world seeking out the drama of its historic castles and significant battlefields, its more than 300 cheeses and the renowned wines grown in its rich soil.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam

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"This quite brilliant 'introductory essay' has as its main point that the specificity of French collective identity and culture is - and has always been - in its ability to blend a very strong sense of national self with universalist values. Everyone who wants to know more about modern French culture and history should read this book." -Patrice Higonnet, Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History, Harvard University

Introduction Chapter 1: The French Revolution, Politics and the Modern Nation Chapter 2: French and the Civilizing Mission Chapter 3: Paris and Magnetic Appeal Chapter 4: France Stirs up the Melting Pot Chapter 5: France Hurtles into the Future References Further reading Index

ISBN: 9780195389418
ISBN-10: 0195389417
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 10th October 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 12.1  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.12

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