France on Display: Peasants, Provincials, and Folklore in the 1937 Paris World's Fair / Edition 1

France on Display: Peasants, Provincials, and Folklore in the 1937 Paris World's Fair / Edition 1

by Shanny Peer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791437108

ISBN-13: 9780791437100

Pub. Date: 02/28/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

The 1937 Paris World's Fair presented a traditionalist image of France as a rural, provincial country, faithful to its folk traditions and to its Old World heritage. France's attachment, well into the twentieth century, to its traditionalist roots has often been interpreted by scholars as a reactionary impulse, a desire to resist modernization or a wish to return to

Overview

The 1937 Paris World's Fair presented a traditionalist image of France as a rural, provincial country, faithful to its folk traditions and to its Old World heritage. France's attachment, well into the twentieth century, to its traditionalist roots has often been interpreted by scholars as a reactionary impulse, a desire to resist modernization or a wish to return to the past. However, in this book Peer argues that this enduring attachment in Third Republic France to peasants, provincials, and folklore was not inherently reactionary or anti-modernist. Instead, these aspects of France's "traditional" heritage were refashioned in new ways to allow France to modernize while still retaining its distinctive identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791437100
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Series:
SUNY series in National Identities Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
265
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction1
Chapter 1Shaping the Exposition21
Chapter 2Unity in Diversity: The French Regions53
Chapter 3Peasants in Paris: Images of Rural Society99
Chapter 4Folklore and the Reinvention of Tradition135
Conclusion: France in the World of Tomorrow167
Notes183
Bibliography235
Index255

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