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Contemporary France

Author: Helen Drake
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Series: Contemporary states and societies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
This book is an introduction to contemporary France, providing systematic coverage of culture, society, economy, and politics set in a historical and geographical context. A central theme is the relationship between popular images of France flowing from its cultural, culinary, and linguistic influence, its appeal as a tourist destination, and the influence of its republican and revolutionary heritage, and the often  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Drake, Helen.
Contemporary France.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
(DLC) 2011003948
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Drake
ISBN: 9780230366886 0230366880
OCLC Number: 1011083471
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 239 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: History and Legacies. The making of the French nation state ; The postwar transformations of France ; Gaullist France in the Cold War years ; Change and continuity: Francois MItterand's France ; From Jacques Chirac to Nicolas Sarkozy: France enters the twenty-first century --
France and the French. La terre, territory and le terroir ; Who are the twenty-first century French? --
Politics and Political Culture. French political culture ; French political parties in a bipolar party system ; French politics and twenty-first century problems --
Government, Policy-Making and the Republican State. The semi-presidential regime of the Fifth French Republic ; The state and the republic: grand ideas into policy ; Decentralization and local democracy ; France in Europe, Europe in France --
A Social French Republic. Social structures and social policy ; A secular state in a diverse society ; Education, class and opportunity --
Culture and Identity. The politics of French culture ; International cultural diplomacy ; Contemporary culture and cultural identities --
Economy and Business. The French Republic in the global economy ; Dirigisme, the state and the market ; France in the European (EU) economy ; Labor, capital and the state ; The French business environment in the twenty-first century --
France in the World. The weight of the past ; The challenge of the future: post Cold War review ; The European Union ; France and the 'Anglo-Saxons' ; France in the wider world ; Remembering the past, shaping the future.
Series Title: Contemporary states and societies.
Responsibility: Helen Drake.


Few countries can claim a political heritage as rich, varied and influential as France - the birthplace of modern politics.  Read more...
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