Peasants into Frenchmen

Book title: 
Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914

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France achieved national unity much later than is commonly supposed. For a hundred years and more after the Revolution, millions of peasants lived on as if in a timeless world, their existence little different from that of the generations before them.

The author of this lively, often witty, and always provocative work traces how France underwent a veritable crisis of civilization in the early years of the French Republic as traditional attitudes and practices crumbled under the forces of modernization. Local roads and railways were the decisive factors, bringing hitherto remote and inaccessible regions into easy contact with markets and major centers of the modern world. The products of industry rendered many peasant skills useless, and the expanding school system taught not only the language of the dominant culture but its values as well, among them patriotism. By 1914, France had finally become La Patrie in fact as it had so long been in name.

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Introduction
PART I. THE WAY THINGS WERE
  1. A Country of Savages
  2. The Mad Beliefs
  3. The King's Foot
  4. Alone with One's Fellows
  5. From Justice, Lord, Deliver Us!
  6. A Wealth of Tongues
  7. France, One and Indivisible
  8. The Working of the Land
  9. Give Us This Day
  10. From ‘Subsistance‘ to ‘Habitat’
  11. The Family
PART II. THE AGENCIES OF CHANGE
  12. Roads, Roads, and Still More Roads
  13. Keeping Up with Yesterday
  14. Rus in Urbe
  15. Peasants and Politics
  16. Migration: An Industry of the Poor
  17. Migration of Another Sort: Military Service
  18. Civilizing in Earnest: Schools and Schooling
  19. Dieu Est-il Français?
  20. The Priests and the People
PART III. CHANGE AND ASSIMILATION
  21. The Way of All Feasts
  22. Charivaris
  23. Markets and Fairs
  24. Veillées
  25. The Oral Wisdom
  26. Fled Is That Music
  27. Le Papier Qui Parle
  28. Wring Out the Old
  29. Cultures and Civilization
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
City: 
Stanford
Year: 
1976
ISBN: 
0-8047-1013-9
Pages: 
663
Reference: 
Weber E. Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914. Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 1976.

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