Fragmented France: Two Centuries of Disputed Identity by Jack HaywardFragmented France: Two Centuries of Disputed Identity by Jack Hayward

Fragmented France: Two Centuries of Disputed Identity

byJack Hayward

Hardcover | May 26, 2007

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For a thousand years France has struggled to impose unity upon its diverse components. For most of the time its leaders have sought to define its identity by opposition to the 'Anglo-Saxons': first England, then Britain and the USA. The prologue explores France's self-image by contrast withthe Anglo-American counter-identity. Part one deals with the unfinished Revolution from 1789 to 1878 when the Third Republic achieved relative stability. After examining the variety of symbolic representatives of Frenchness in the search for democratic legitimacy and national unanimity, the enduring divisions in French society areexplained in their ideological, social, religious, territorial and political aspects. Emphasis is given to the role of writers and intellectuals in expressing these cleavages before analysing how parliamentary democracy was established by the Third Republic.Part two starts by relating French political paralysis to the slowness of socio-economic modernisation before turning to the polarizing role of intellectuals in perpetuating varieties of Left and Right battles over who personified anti-France . The adversarial character of French party politics isthen considered as it fluctuated up to the present in terms of the fragmented Left and Right, between the rhetorical revolutionary and reactionary extremes and the conservative or timidly reformist realities. The colonial and international role of France is described, stressing Franco-GermanEuropean Union leadership. The protectionist aversion to competitive global capitalism results in reluctant adaption to forces beyond French control.
Jack Hayward has taught Politics at the Universities of Sheffield, Keele, Hull and Oxford, retired in 1998 as Director of the Oxford Institute of European Studies and Professorial Fellow of St. Antony's College. Since then he has been a part-time Research Professor of Politics at the University of Hull. He has also been a Visiting Pro...
Title:Fragmented France: Two Centuries of Disputed IdentityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:May 26, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199216312

ISBN - 13:9780199216314


Table of Contents

1. French Identity: The National Search for Retrospective Legitimacy and Unanimity2. Intellectual Interpretations and Projections of the French Revolution3. Tensions and Trajectories: the Constituents of French Exceptionalism4. Enduring Conflicts and Elusive Consensus5. A Liberal Democratic Republic Struggles to be Born, 1814 - 18786. Institutional Immobilism, Ideological Ferment and Reluctant Socio-Economic Modernisation7. Partisan Intellectuals and Polarised Political Culture8. Adversaries: Polarised and Fragmented Party Politics of the Right9. Adversaries on the Left: Revolutionary Rhetoric and Reformist Realities10. Embattled Nation: Politicised Army, Imperial Decolonisation and European Integration11. Diluting French Political Culture with European Social LiberalismEpilogue: Confronting the National Identity Crisis