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The Cultural and Intellectual Rebuilding of France after the Second World War

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Michael Kelly
    Pages 1-11
  3. Michael Kelly
    Pages 12-32
  4. Michael Kelly
    Pages 33-58
  5. Michael Kelly
    Pages 59-83
  6. Michael Kelly
    Pages 84-105
  7. Michael Kelly
    Pages 106-126
  8. Michael Kelly
    Pages 127-154
  9. Michael Kelly
    Pages 155-179
  10. Michael Kelly
    Pages 180-187
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 188-232

About this book


This book reveals how France reinvented itself in the aftermath of World War Two. After foreign military interventions, the French political and intellectual elites embraced regime change and launched an urgent programme of nation building. They rebuilt French national identity with whatever material was available, and created a vibrant new cultural and intellectual life. The cost to subordinated groups, however, especially women, still casts a long shadow over French values and attitudes. In this, perhaps, there are lessons and implications for other countries, struggling to rebuild themselves after conflict.


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About the authors

Michael Kelly is Professor of French in the Modern Languages Department, University of Southampton, UK. His research interests include French culture and society and public policy on languages. Mike is Director of the UK Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (Southampton), with a remit to support these subjects in higher education across the UK. His previous publications include The Cultural and Intellectual Rebuilding of France after the Second World War, The European Language Teacher (co-authored) and Setting the Agenda for Languages in Higher Education (co-edited).

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