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MODERN FRANCE HI 2325 Bland Addison, Jr MTTHF 1:00-1:50 Room 238, Salisbury Labs, 831-5190, [email protected] FL 320 Office Hours: MF 2:00-3:00 and by appointment France is an intricately complex society that over some 1500 years has created a civilization and a people of immense sophistication. France must be understood within the context of her history, and without such an understanding, Americans often have difficulty dealing with the French or appreciating their culture. Charles de Gaulle coined the expression “une certaine idée de la France,” that is, one could understand France if one held firmly in one’s mind this “certain idea” about what France is. But what is this “idea”? France’s complicated and indeterminate essence (the French would call it a “ je-ne-sais-quoi ”) arises from the cultural tensions between the rich diversity of France’s provinces, the striking brilliance of Paris, and the violent social struggles that have shaped the relationship between Paris and the French countryside.
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