Contemporary France: An Introduction to French Politics and Society

Contemporary France: An Introduction to French Politics and Society

Paperback Hodder Arnold Publication

By (author) Catherine Fieschi, By (author) David J. Howarth, By (author) Georgios Varouxakis


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  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 22mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 3 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340741872
  • ISBN 13: 9780340741870
  • Illustrations note: 1 map
  • Sales rank: 424,143

Product description

At least since the French Revolution, France has the peculair distinction of simultaneously fascinating, charming and exasperating its neighbours and foreign observers. Contemporary France provides an essential introduction for students of French politics and society, exploring contemporary developments while placing them in a deeper historical, intellectual, cultural and social context that makes for insightful analysis. Thus, chapters on France's economic policy and welfare state, its foreign and European policies and its political movements and recent institutional developments are informed by an analysis of the country's unique political and institutional traditions, distinct forms of nationalism and citizenship, dynamic intellectual life and recent social trends. Summaries of key political, economic and social movements and events are displayed as exhibits.

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Author information

David Howarth is Lecturer in European Politics at Queen Mary College, University of London. Georgios Varouxakis is Lecturer in European Studies at Aston University, Birmingham.

Review quote

To present the general reader with an acute and critical introduction to the essential facets of a nation, while maintaining a pertinent message throughout, in under 300 pages, is a first-rate achievement. Complete with suggestions for further reading, this book offers a firm grounding in key issues and can be considered a solid platform from which to explore France further. Modern & Contemporary France

Table of contents

Preface 1. Continuity and Change: Everlasting Past 2. French Society Today 3. The surprisingly stable Fifth Republic 4. Political forces and representation 5. Citizenship, Nationalism and National Identity 6. Intellectual life 7. Education, Youth and Popular Culture 8. French Economic and Social Policy in an era of growing European and international constraints. 9. France, Europe and the World Conclusion References