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Inner Experience
Inner Experience (April 1988)
Georges Bataille - Author
Leslie Anne Boldt-Irons - Translation and introduction by

"English readers will now be able to appreciate what many consider Bataille's finest work, undoubtedly one of the outstanding texts of modern French writing, just as they will be able to fill a major gap in the history of post-structuralist thought. Whereas Bataille may be the acknowledged forefather of such figures as Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida, this centrality is often not appreciated by American admirers of the latter."
-- Michele Richman...(Read More)
The Search for Social Peace
The Search for Social Peace (August 1985)
Reform Legislation in France, 1890-1914
Judith F. Stone - Author

During the last one hundred years, programmatic social reform legislation has increasingly been accepted as an essential economic, social and political component of advanced capitalist nations. The Search for Social Peace investigates the reform movement in France--from its origins in the 1890s until the First World War--and details the struggle to end class conflict and achieve social peace. Who the reformers were, what they argued and how s...(Read More)
French Feminism in the 19th Century
French Feminism in the 19th Century (June 1985)
Claire G. Moses - Author

Histories of France have erased the feminist presence from nineteenth-century political life and the feminist impact from the changes that affected the lives of the French. Now, French Feminism in the Nineteenth Century completes the history books by restoring this missing--and vital--chapter of French history.

The book recounts the turbulent story of nineteenth-century French feminism, placing it in the context of the general politic...(Read More)
The Vine Remembers
The Vine Remembers (June 1985)
French Vignerons Recall Their Past
Leo A. Loubere - Editor
Jean Sagnes - Editor
Laura Frader - Editor
Remy Pech - Editor

In The Vine Remembers, the vignerons—growers and workers of the vine—tell their own stories. Based on interviews with workers and small vineyard owners, the book presents the memories of vignerons from six major wine-producing areas of France: the Bordelais, Burgundy, the Beaujolais, Champagne, Languedoc, and Roussillon. Recollections range from changing living conditions to the position of women and nat...(Read More)
Abandoned Children
Abandoned Children (June 1984)
Foundlings and Child Welfare in Nineteenth-Century France
Rachel G. Fuchs - Edited and with an introduction by

In nineteenth-century France, parents abandoned their children in overwhelming numbers—up to 20 percent of live births in the Parisian area. The infants were left at state-run homes and were then transferred to rural wet nurses and foster parents. Their chances of survival were slim, but with alterations in state policy, economic and medical development, and changing attitudes toward children and the family, their chances had significantly impro...(Read More)
The Impact of the Fifth Republic on France
The Impact of the Fifth Republic on France (June 1984)
William G. Andrews - Editor
Stanley Hoffmann - Editor

The French have searched for five generations through five republics and several other regimes for a stable political system. The Fifth Republic, born in 1958, seems to be succeeding where many others have failed. What are the reasons and conditions for the French consensus on a system of government for the first time since the ancient regime?

The first twenty years of the Fifth Republic encompass four presidenti...(Read More)
Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes
Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes (June 1983)
French Diplomacy in the Age of Revolution, 1719-1787
Orville T. Murphy - Author

This is the first complete study of Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes, one of the most distinguished diplomats and statesmen of eighteenth-century France. Vergennes represented France as a diplomat in Germany, Constantinople, and Stockholm, and was Louis XVI's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. Orville Murphy traces Vergennes' career as he steadily rose from the provincial nobility of the robe to the ranks of the court aristocracy;...(Read More)
Family and Farm
Family and Farm (June 1983)
Agrarian Change and Household Organization in the Loire Valley, 1500-1900
John W. Shaffer - Author

Family and Farm is the history of the communautes, the large patriarchal households of central France, from the close of the medieval era to the nineteenth century. These households were unique in that they often included as many as twenty members, holding property in common. Far from having roots in any cultural bias or folkloric tradition, the communautes were organized to enable individual families to meet the demands imposed...(Read More)
Presidential Government in Gaullist France
Presidential Government in Gaullist France (June 1983)
A Study of Executive-Legislative Relations, 1958-1974
William G. Andrews - Author

In Presidential Government in Gaullist France, William G. Andrews describes and explains the basic character of executive-legislative relations in Gaullist France from 1958 to 1974. He demonstrates that the Fifth Republic became presidential despite its parliamentary constitution because of changes made by DeGaulle that were compatible with the emergent character of French society. The information is provided in a conceptual framework that ...(Read More)
Village Notables in Nineteenth-Century France
Village Notables in Nineteenth-Century France (June 1983)
Priests, Mayors, Schoolmasters
Barnett Singer - Author

Examines the role of village notables in nineteenth-century France.

Local priests, mayors, and schoolmasters have often been portrayed by French novelists as objects of ridicule. In reality, however, the village notables gave norms to the villagers in their communities and personified the community’s values. The influence of village notables and the values they preached and personified ensure their importance in any vi...(Read More)
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