Modern France: A Very Short Introduction

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byVanessa Schwartz

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In this Very Short Introduction, Vanessa Schwartz argues that modern France, as both a world stage and a global crossroads, is an essential actor in the development of contemporary culture. Indeed, French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents, and more people stillvisit France than anywhere else in the world. French fashion continues to dominate haute couture and, at the same time, French people are at the forefront of international "style," which was as true in the first half of the twentieth century as it is today. This tension between "Frenchness" as bothparticular and transnational remains one of the most compelling qualities of the culture. If French culture and culture producers are working around the globe, if Paris is an international capital, the marvel is that France still manages to attract visitors from all over the world seeking out thedrama of its historic castles and significant battlefields, its more than 300 cheeses and the renowned wines grown in its rich soil.

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In this Very Short Introduction, Vanessa Schwartz argues that modern France, as both a world stage and a global crossroads, is an essential actor in the development of contemporary culture. Indeed, French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents, and more people stillvisit France than anywhere else in the world...

Vanessa Schwartz is Professor of History at the University of Southern California and author of It's SO French! Hollywood, Paris and the Making of Cosmopolitan Film Culture.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.88 × 4.38 × 0.68 inPublished:September 21, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. The French Revolution, Politics and the Modern Nation2. French and the Civilizing Mission3. Paris and Magnetic Appeal4. France Stirs up the Melting Pot5. France Hurtles into the FutureReferencesFurther readingIndex