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Marketing Michelin: Advertising and Cultural Identity in Twentieth-Century France Hardcover – November 13, 2001
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This lively and informative book will be of interest to anyone who has ever navigated their holidays with a Michelin map or one of their red or green guides.(Sarah Howard Times Literary Supplement)
Harp encourages us to rethink many of our assumptions regarding the oppositions between tradition and modernity and between national and regional identity... This book is a fascinating contribution to the literature on modernization, regionalism, and consumer culture in twentieth-century France, and it will be of interest to specialists and general readers alike.(David Allen Harvey American Historical Review)
By reminding us that businessmen have deployed power and money to advocate causes, or that they have, through their products and their publicity, shaped our quotidian experiences, Harp's broadest contribution is to recognize that cultural history has much to gain by focusing on the producers as well as the consumers.(Michael Miller Economic History Review)
Harp's achievement is notable. He has offered a strong base on which to build further studies on the role of advertising in mass culture while contributing significantly to our understanding of French culture.(Guillaume de Syon Technology and Culture)
Stephen Harp has written a first-class advertising and cultural history that is both informative and engaging.(Rosemary Wakeman H-France)
Highly intelligent and engaging... Harp's sophistical blend of business and cultural history enriches both approaches and should serve as a model for other scholars.(Ellen Furlough Journal of Social History)
This is a fine book... a thoughtful analysis of this world-famous icon from the perspective of class, race, nation, and gender... Handsomely produced, it is a good and worthwhile read.(Robert J. Young History: Reviews of Books)
Steven Harp's Marketing Michelin is a fascinating, well-researched book. His strengths as a historian and speaker of French are well displayed here. His archival work is also very impressive.(Esther Redmount EH.Net and H-Business, H-Net Reviews)
A coherent and useful contribution to debates concerning cultural modernity and French values.(Sharif Gemie European History Quarterly)
Harp argues that Michelin is a prime example of how businesses can reshape cultural attitudes and assumptions, particularly through advertising. He analyses the cultural assumptions of France, including representations of gender, race, and class, in a way that is lively, interesting, and informative.(C. R. Day Histoire Sociale)
Marketing Michelin manages to portray twentieth-century France in several of its pivotal transformations, while lending to its portrait the coherence of a well-known cultural icon (Bibendum) traversing the century and changing with the times.(Christine M. Cano Contemporary French Civilization)
Accomplishes the difficult task of melding business and cultural history to make a persuasive argument for the critical role of large corporations in the shaping of national culture in the first half of the twentieth century.(Leora Auslander Journal of Modern History)
Marketing Michelin is an interesting, well-written, and thoroughly documented study, an original and engaging contribution that many both inside and outside of the history profession will want to read.(Richard Kuisel, Georgetown University)
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