This is the first volume of a two-volume reinterpretation of France's achievement as a nation and of the individual experience of the French. This book tries to explain French idiosyncrasies, enthusiasms, and prejudices. It investigates their attitudes and behaviour over a wide range of activities. Volume I scrutinizes the way of thinking and of talking adopted by the French, their powerful sense of national identity, and their ambivalent feelings about foreigners. It also shows what it meant to be a Breton or a Provencal, an Alsation or an Auvergnat.
|Print publication date: 1993||Print ISBN-13: 9780198221777|
|Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011||DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221777.001.0001|