representations of France in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Titlerepresentations of France in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsProst, Antoine
Number of Pages354
CityOxford ; New York, NY

For the first time Antoine Proust's seminal articles have been translated into English and collected in this single volume. Beginning with his classic account of war memorials, through to his pioneering study of the Rue de la Goutte d'Or, and finally his work on French Catholic families in the 1930s and 1940s, this book takes the reader through republican representations of war and peace, urban spaces and social identity, and discourse and social conflict in republican France. Among this range of topics, Prost considers the notion of neighborhood and "quartier", the multiple uses of myth, the secularization of religious imagery, the centrality of primary schools in French political culture, and insults as staples of French political rhetoric. Included here are his famous essays "Verdun" and "War Memorials of the Great War," which have been hailed as indispensable additions to the study of European cultural history.