Peasants into Frenchmen The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914

ISBN-10: 0804710139

ISBN-13: 9780804710138

Edition: 1976

Authors: Eugen Weber

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France achieved national unity much later than is commonly supposed. For a hundred years and more after the Revolution, millions of peasants lived on as if in a timeless world, their existence little different from that of the generations before them.The author of this lively, often witty, and always provocative work traces how France underwent a veritable crisis of civilization in the early years of the French Republic as traditional attitudes and practices crumbled under the forces of modernization. Local roads and railways were the decisive factors, bringing hitherto remote and inaccessible regions into easy contact with markets and major centers of the modern world. The products of industry rendered many peasant skills useless, and the expanding school system taught not only the language of the dominant culture but its values as well, among them patriotism. By 1914, France had finally become La Patrie in fact as it had so long been in name.
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List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 1976
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 6/1/1976
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 631
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Eugen Weber was Joan Palevsky Professor of Modern European History, Emeritus, at the University of California, Los Angeles.

the Way Things Were
a Country of Savages
the Mad Beliefs
the King's Foot
Alone with One's Fellows
from Justice, Lord, Deliver Us!
a Wealth of Tongues
France, One and Indivisible
the Working of the Land
Give Us This Day
from 'subsistance' to 'Habitat'
the Family
the Agencies of Change
Roads, Roads, and Still More Roads
Keeping Up with Yesterday
Rus in Urbe
Peasants and Politics
Migration: an Industry of the Poor
Migration of Another Sort: Military Service
Civilizing in Earnest: Schools and Schooling
Dieu Est-Il Fran�ais?
the Priests and the People
Change and Assimilation
the Way of All Feasts
Markets and Fairs
the Oral Wisdom
Fled is That Music
Le Papier Qui Parle
Wring Out the Old
Cultures and Civilization
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