Under the shadow of defeat: The war of 1870-71 in French memory

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Abstract

The French defeat of 1870-1 sparked soul-searching and a reassessment of the character of the nation. This book is the first to explore how memories of the Franco-Prussian War shaped French political culture and identities. It argues that these memories reawakened deep political divisions, distorting them through the prism of the "terrible year." It sheds new light on how people constructed memories not only to define and articulate their ideas, but also to situate themselves within new concepts of France.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages312
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sep 2008

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Defeat
Political Identity
Political Culture
France
Franco-Prussian War

Keywords

  • political conflict
  • Franco-Prussian War
  • war remembrance

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New York, 2008. 312 p.

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