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Fragmented France : two centuries of disputed identity

Author: Jack Ernest Shalom Hayward
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For a thousand years France has struggled to impose unity upon its diverse components. For most of the time its leaders have sought to define its identity by opposition to the 'Anglo-Saxon's: first England, then Britain and the USA. The introduction of this book explores France's self-image by contrast with the Anglo-American counter-identity."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Ernest Shalom Hayward
ISBN: 9780199216314 0199216312
OCLC Number: 76935628
Description: vi, 381 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. French Identity: The National Search for Retrospective Legitimacy and Unanimity; 2. Intellectual Interpretations and Projections of the French Revolution; 3. Tensions and Trajectories: the Constituents of French Exceptionalism; 4. Enduring Conflicts and Elusive Consensus; 5. A Liberal Democratic Republic Struggles to be Born, 1814 --
1878; 6. Institutional Immobilism, Ideological Ferment and Reluctant Socio-Economic Modernisation; 7. Partisan Intellectuals and Polarised Political Culture; 8. Adversaries: Polarised and Fragmented Party Politics of the Right; 9. Adversaries on the Left: Revolutionary Rhetoric and Reformist Realities; 10. Embattled Nation: Politicised Army, Imperial Decolonisation and European Integration; 11. Diluting French Political Culture with European Social Liberalism; Epilogue. Confronting the National Identity Crisis.
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This book explores the way in which the French define their identity by opposition to the 'Anglo-Saxons', first England, now America. French politics has been at the mercy of struggles between the  Read more...

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