A History of French Passions
Ambition, Love, and Politics Volume 1
By (author) Theodore Zeldin
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History of French Passions by Theodore Zeldin
Book DescriptionThis is a history of the French which tries to explain their idiosyncrasies, enthusiasms and prejudices. It goes beyond the recital of events to investigate their attitudes and behaviour over an unusually wide range of activities. Volume I scrutinizes the peculiar way of thinking and of talking adopted by the French, their powerful sense of national identity, their ambivalent feelings about foreigners. It shows what it meant to be a Breton or a Provencal, an Alsation or an Auvergnat. Volume II analyses French taste and the role of the artist. It enquires into the quality of life, the French view of happiness, friendship and comfort, humour, reactions to scientific progress, compromises with corruption and superstition. This major reinterpretation of France's achievement as a nation and of the individual experience of the French has taken its place as one of the great works of scholarship on modern France, and now re-appears in two paperback volumes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198221777
(216mm x 139mm x 41mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Oct-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Theodore Zeldin
Hidden Pleasures of Life, Paperback (June 2016)
An indispensable guide to living a full life from the bestselling author of An Intimate History of Humanity
French, Paperback (January 1997)
This is a guide to France intended for the traveller who wants to get to know French people as individuals, for the negotiating businessman and for students who wishes to discover in-depth aspects of their lives. It looks at what makes up the national character of France.
Intimate History of Humanity, Paperback (September 1995)
The author of "The French", "Happiness" and "A History of French Passions" writes about the history of human feelings, habits, emotions and perceptions across time. Zeldin looks at the dilemmas of ordinary life, exploring the intimate experience of men and women through the ages.
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