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Peasants into Frenchmen : The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914

Peasants into Frenchmen : The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914 - 76 edition

ISBN13: 978-0804710138

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ISBN13: 978-0804710138
ISBN10: 0804710139

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 76
Copyright: 1976
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Published: 1976
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Peasants into Frenchmen : The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914 - 76 edition

ISBN13: 978-0804710138

Eugen Joseph Weber

ISBN13: 978-0804710138
ISBN10: 0804710139

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 76
Copyright: 1976
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Published: 1976
International: No
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Summary

France achieved national unity much later than is commonly supposed. For a hundred years and more after the Revolution, millions of peasants lived on as if in a timeless world, their existence little different from that of the generations before them.

The author of this lively, often witty, and always provocative work traces how France underwent a veritable crisis of civilization in the early years of the French Republic as traditional attitudes and practices crumbled under the forces of modernization. Local roads and railways were the decisive factors, bringing hitherto remote and inaccessible regions into easy contact with markets and major centers of the modern world. The products of industry rendered many peasant skills useless, and the expanding school system taught not only the language of the dominant culture but its values as well, among them patriotism. By 1914, France had finally become La Patrie in fact as it had so long been in name.

Table of Contents

PART I. THE WAY THINGS WERE

1. A Country of Savages
2. The Mad Beliefs
3. The King's Foot
4. Alone with One's Fellows
5. From Justice, Lord, Deliver Us!
6. A Wealth of Tongues
7. France, One and Indivisible
8. The Working of the Land
9. Give Us This Day
10. From `Subsistance' to `Habitat'
11. The Family

PART II. THE AGENCIES OF CHANGE

12. Roads, Roads, and Still More Roads
13. Keeping Up with Yesterday
14. Rus in Urbe
15. Peasants and Politics
16. Migration: An Industry of the Poor
17. Migration of Another Sort: Military Service
18. Civilizing in Earnest: Schools and Schooling
19. Dieu Est-il Francais?
20. The Priests and the People

PART III. CHANGE AND ASSIMILATION

21. The Way of All Feasts
22. Charivaris
23. Markets and Fairs
24. Veillees
25. The Oral Wisdom
26. Fled Is That Music
27. Le Papier Qui Parle
28. Wring Out the Old
29. Cultures and Civilization
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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