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France 1848–1945: Volume Two: Intellect, Taste and Anxiety
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France 1848–1945: Volume Two: Intellect, Taste and Anxiety

Theodore Zeldin

Abstract

This book is a history of the French, covering the period 1848–1945, which tries to explain their idiosyncrasies, enthusiasms, and prejudices. It goes beyond the recital of events to investigate their attitudes and behaviour over an unusually wide range of activities. The first part scrutinizes the peculiar way of thinking and of talking adopted by the French, their powerful sense of national identity, their ambivalent feelings about foreigners. It shows what it meant to be a Breton or a Provencal, an Alsation or an Auvergnat. The second part analyses French taste and the role of the artist. I ... More

Keywords: French history, French people, national identity, foreigners, French taste, artist, quality of life, happiness, friendship, comfort

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1977 Print ISBN-13: 9780198221258
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221258.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore Zeldin, author
St Antony's College, Oxford