Historical Dictionary of France

Historical Dictionary of France

by Gino Raymond
     
 

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On a global scale, French culture has been disseminated at the highest level through the protocols of modern diplomacy, at an intellectual level through the dissemination of French ideas on every university campus, and on the level of everyday consumption through the aspirations of fashion designers and restauranteurs to capture the latest trends in couture or…  See more details below

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On a global scale, French culture has been disseminated at the highest level through the protocols of modern diplomacy, at an intellectual level through the dissemination of French ideas on every university campus, and on the level of everyday consumption through the aspirations of fashion designers and restauranteurs to capture the latest trends in couture or cuisine. The "Historical Dictionary of France" has the exceptional merit of distilling from the innumerable manifestations of "French-ness" those characteristics which give the country its unique identity. The book enables the non-specialist reader to understand how perceptions of France have been established abroad, and reminds the specialist reader of the forces that shaped modern France. The "Dictionary" provides invaluable tools such as a comprehensive chronology of French history, a separate guide to the succession of regimes and heads of state in France, and an introductory essay which situates France geographically, politically, economically, and culturally. The introductory essay evokes the challenges which have determined France's past and which will determine its future. Dictionary entries are arranged alphabetically, but were selected to constitute a coherent mosaic. Easy-to-use cross references enable the reader to chart the development of historical strands, from the emergence of creative forces in France embodied in art and literature, to the pursuit of political change that has brought France to its Fifth Republic. With a rich variety of entries supplemented by a well-researched bibliography, the reader is provided with the means to understand the unique combination of factors which make France, a country ofmodest dimensions, such a disproportionately large influence on the world.

Author Biography: Gino Raymond (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is a Lecturer in French at the University of Bristol, UK. Trained in both French studies and political science, he has taught at a number of French institutions, including the Ecole Normale Supérieure.

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Booknews
From the theater of the absurd to Emile Zola, entries provide information on political, economic, social, and cultural events, persons, and institutions of France. Also included are a chronology of history from 52 BC to 1997, a guide to the succession of political regimes and heads of state, and an introductory essay which situates France geographically, politically, economically, and culturally. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
March 2009 American Reference Books Annual
An excellent resource for anybody interested in learning more about the history of France and its influence on politics, art, history, philosophy, and culture....The authority of the book is good, and is free from obvious bias....accessible...recommended...should be considered essential for the reference collection.
May 2009 Booklist
Topics from the arts, sciences, and politics are covered with great breath and precision.... An exceptional introductory essay serves as a refresher for readers on French geography, people, and history....This updated, valuable reference is a must-have for academic and larger public libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810834675
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
European Historical Dictionaries Series, #30
Pages:
283
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.02(d)

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Gino Raymond is Professor of Modern French Studies in the University of Bristol.

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