Peasants Into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914

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Stanford University Press, 1976 - Social Science - 615 pages
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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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what i learned: what i learned is, the french peasant is even more backwards, dirty,and uncivilized than the inhabitants of Darkest Africa. Read full review

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User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

A dense and detailed read. The argument can get lost in all the archival evidence, but the sources enable him to paint a very colorful picture of peasant life in 19th-century France. Had I more time to read this book, I could appreciate his ability to do so! Read full review

Contents

A Country of Savages
3
The Mad Beliefs
23
The Kings Foot
30
Alone with Ones Fellows
41
From Justice Lord Deliver Us
50
A Wealth of Tongues
67
France One and Indivisible
95
The Working of the Land
115
Civilizing in Earnest Schools and Schooling
303
Dieu Estil Francais?
339
The Priests and the People
357
CHANGE AND ASSIMILATION
375
The Way of All Feasts
377
Charivaris
399
Markets and Fairs
407
Veillees
413

Give Us This Day
130
From Subsistance to Habitat
146
The Family
167
THE AGENCIES OF CHANGE
193
Roads Roads and Still More Roads
195
Keeping Up with Yesterday
221
Rus in Urbe
232
Peasants and Politics
241
Migration An Industry of the Poor
278
Migration of Another Sort Military Service
292
The Oral Wisdom
419
Fled Is That Music
429
Le Papier Qui Parle
452
Wring Out the Old
471
Cultures and Civilization
485
Appendix
498
Notes
505
Bibliography
573
Index
599
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