The Past in French History

The Past in French History

by Robert Gildea
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300067119

ISBN-13: 9780300067118

Pub. Date: 04/24/1996

Publisher: Yale University Press

This fascinating book offers a new perspective on French history and political culture by examining how the commemoration of the past pervades French public life. The book surveys the ways that various political communities in France during the past two centuries-proponents of revolution and counterrevolution, church and state, centralism and regionalism, and national

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This fascinating book offers a new perspective on French history and political culture by examining how the commemoration of the past pervades French public life. The book surveys the ways that various political communities in France during the past two centuries-proponents of revolution and counterrevolution, church and state, centralism and regionalism, and national identity and nationalism-have used different versions of the past in order to define their identities and legitimate their goals.

"Never before have the competing constructions of the past been examined in a single volume with such erudition and panache. . . . Gildea deals with his subject theoretically, but he intertwines his themes with dexterity and originality."-Douglas Johnson, Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300067118
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/24/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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