Modern France

ISBN-10: 0195389417
ISBN-13: 9780195389418
Edition: 2011
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

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 stillvisit 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 bothparticular 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 thedrama of its historic castles and significant battlefields, its more than 300 cheeses and the renowned wines grown in its rich soil.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
The French Revolution, politics and The Modern nation
French and the civilizing mission
Paris and magnetic appeal
France stirs up the melting pot
France hurtles into the future
Conclusion
References
Further reading
Index

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