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Brown, Frederick, 1934-
For the soul of France : culture wars in the age of Dreyfus / Frederick Brown
1st ed
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  DC337 .B68 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject France -- History -- Third Republic, 1870-1940
France -- Civilization -- 19th century
Subject(s) Nationalism -- France -- History -- 19th century
Secularism -- France -- History -- 19th century
Church and state -- France -- History -- 19th century
National characteristics, French
Physical Description xxv, 304 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note "This is a Borzoi book"--t.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-281) and index
Summary Cultural historian Frederick Brown provides a portrait of fin-de-sïcle France, whose defeat by Prussia in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 resulted in a virtual civil war, waged without restraint, which toppled Napoléon III, crushed the Paris Commune, and provoked a dangerous nationalism that gripped the Republic. In the face of humiliation by Prussia, postwar France dissolved into two cultural factions: moderates, proponents of a secular state, and reactionaries--militant, Catholic, royalist--who felt that France had suffered defeat for having betrayed its true faith. A bitter debate took hold of the heart and soul of the country, framed by the vision of "science" and "technological advancement" versus "supernatural intervention." The roiling conflicts that began thirty years before Dreyfus did not end with his exoneration in 1900--instead they became the festering point that led to France's surrender to Hitler's armies in 1940.--From publisher description
Contents From The life of Jesus to the Sacré-Coeur -- Birth pangs of a secular republic -- The crash of the Union Générale -- France on horse -- The ogre of modernity : Eiffel's tower -- The Panama scandal -- The Dreyfus affair -- The burning of the charity bazaar -- Two banquets

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