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The French Exception
Edited by Emmanuel Godin and Tony Chafer
274 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-684-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2004)
ISBN 978-1-84545-045-8 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (January 2006)
eISBN 978-1-78238-716-9 eBook
"[A] thorough cut at the notion of French exceptionalism, and it should be useful for French specialists as well as scholars of other areas who wish to study France in comparative perspective." H-France
The notion of French exceptionalism is deeply embedded in the nation's self-image and in a range of political and academic discourses. Recently, the debate about whether France really is "exceptional" has acquired a critical edge. Against the background of introspection about the nature of "national identity," some proclaim "normalisation" and the end of French exceptionalism, while others point out to the continuing evidence that France remains distinctive at a number of levels, from popular culture to public policy. This book explores the notion of French exceptionalism, places it in its European context, examines its history and evaluate its continuing relevance in a range of fields from politics and public policy to popular culture and sport.
Emmanuel Godin is Senior lecturer in French and European Studies at the University of Porstmouth
Tony Chafer is Principal Lecturer in French and African Studies at the University of Portsmouth.
Subject: History (General)
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