Contemporary France

Contemporary France : An Introduction to French Politics and Society

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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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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 22mm | 458.14g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 0340741872
  • 9780340741870
  • 441,393

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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

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About Catherine Fieschi

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.

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