Becoming Americans in Paris Transatlantic Politics and Culture Between the World Wars

ISBN-10: 0199927588

ISBN-13: 9780199927586

Edition: 2013

Authors: Brooke L. Blower
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Description: Americans often look back on Paris between the world wars as a charming escape from the enduring inequalities and reactionary politics of the United States. In this bold and original study, Brooke Blower shows that nothing could be further from the truth. She reveals the breadth of American activities in the capital, the lessons visitors drew from their stay, and the passionate responses they elicited from others. For many sojourners-not just for the most famous expatriate artists and writers- Paris served as an important crossroads, a place where Americans reimagined their position in the world and grappled with what it meant to be American in the new century, even as they came up against conflicting interpretations of American power by others.Interwar Paris may have been a capital of the arts, notorious for its pleasures, but it was also smoldering with radical and reactionary plots, suffused with noise, filth, and chaos, teeming with immigrants and refugees, communist rioters, fascism admirers, overzealous police, and obnoxious tourists. Sketching Americans' place in this evocative landscape, Blower shows how arrivals were drawn into the capital's battles, both wittingly and unwittingly. Americans in Paris found themselves on the front lines of an emerging culture of political engagements-a transatlantic matrix of causes and connections, which encompassed debates about "Americanization" and "anti-American" protests during the Sacco-Vanzetti affair as well as a host of other international incidents. Blower carefully depicts how these controversies and a backdrop of polarized European politics honed Americans' political stances and sense of national distinctiveness.A model of urban, transnational history, Becoming Americans in Paris offers a nuanced portrait of how Americans helped to shape the cultural politics of interwar Paris, and, at the same time, how Paris helped to shape modern American political culture.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 370
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Introduction: The Age of World Wars
The Specter of Americanization
Triumphant Arrivals
Reluctant Hosts
Parisian Cultural Politics
The Sacco-Vanzetti Riots
Prefect Chiappe's Purging of Paris
American Political Culture
Legionnaires on Parade
The Expatriates Reconsidered
Epilogue: The Beginning of American Innocence
Abbreviations in the Notes
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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