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Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914 1st Edition
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It is clear that the process of modernization was accompanied by loss of regional cultural distinctions and languages. This cultural homogenization is perhaps regrettable but was an inevitable part of a process that resulted also in higher standards of living, greater individual freedom, and several other benefits.Read more ›
Since there are great content reviews already, I will not add anything more than the tips above. Overall, this is a book rich in facts and will certainly prove a welcome addition to the library of any advanced student or scholar in this subject area.
Weber’s book is a monumental achievement. His thesis that modernization did not occur until the late nineteenth-century and the early twentieth-century is supported by well-documented facts and almost one-hundred pages of footnotes. He uses a variety of sources, ranging from the novels of Emile Zola and Gustave Flaubert to archival work. The majority of his secondary sources are in French. Despite his tremendous volume of detail, Weber’s prose is elegant, clear, and, at times, witty. He balances general facts with quirky and amusing stories. He shows that there can be a joy to studying history. Overall, the depth of Weber’s knowledge and erudition exemplifies how historical scholarship ought to be done.
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I needed it for class, purchased it, it came quickly and in perfect condition. That being said, the topic is not of great interest to me, but I suppose it was interesting to many... Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Danny Colston
Reading this book totally changed the way I saw peasants and increased my understanding of how modernity and revolution turned rural communities upside down to create an ongoing... Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Conchita Almora
This book is everything it that deserved the French award. I understand the French language so this was not a problem for me.Published on July 24, 2013 by Eleanor J. Johnson
Eugen Weber's Peasants into Frenchmen identified the years between 1880 and 1910 when fundamental changes were the fastest and most significant in rural France. Read morePublished on August 30, 2009 by Patrick Yeung
While he offers all sorts information about rural life, Eugen Weber homogenizes rural French culture, which was not all as bleak and backward as he suggests. Read morePublished on March 19, 2008 by Kristen
This is a masterfully compiled study of the emergence of nationalism and national identity in nineteenth century France. Read morePublished on February 25, 2006 by Lesley Bunbury