OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Modern France: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780195389418

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,628
Author: 
Vanessa R. Schwartz
Pages
152 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
121 x 173 mm
Pub date
Oct 2011
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • A concise reinterpretation of modern French history in a global context
  • Rich details and anecdotes in a synthetic account

  
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. 

Index: 

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

About the author: 

Vanessa Schwartz is Professor of History at the University of Southern California and author of It's SO French! Hollywood, Paris and the Making of Cosmopolitan Film Culture.

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