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A History of French Passions: Volume 1: Ambition, Love, and Politics
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A History of French Passions: Volume 1: Ambition, Love, and Politics

Theodore Zeldin

Abstract

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.

Keywords: French nation, French idiosyncrasies, French enthusiasms, French prejudices, French thinking, French language, French national identity, foreigners, Breton, Provencal, Alsation, Auvergnat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198221777
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221777.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore Zeldin, author
St Antony's College, Oxford

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