La Vie En Bleu : France and the French Since 1900 Paperback
by Rod Kedward
Rod Kedward brings to life the great, and often terrible, dramas of modern France - the two cataclysmic wars - the Algerian disaster, the student and worker revolt of 1968, as well as exploring the special worlds of the workplace, immigration, minorities, the role of women, and the politics of everyday life and collective memory. "La Vie en Bleu" is a history of people and events that tells a multitude of stories, some impressive, some shameful and many that starkly divide the French among themselves.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 768 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/06/2006
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780140130959
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Review by hroethgar
Wonerfully readable general history of France, tracing the threads of clericalism, fascists, republicanism, monarchists, Drefusards and anti-Drefusards and their clashes across the years. As someone whose history of Europe was filtered through a very Anglo lense, it's compelling and revealing to understand the degree to which the rise of Vichy was based itself on anti-Republican, anti-secular, anti-Dreyfusard movements over the last 40 years; the degree to which the pro-and anti-independence movements that formed around the Algeria question were a re-hash of that fight, or that even today the Le Pen family's historical involvement in precisely those areas informs their current politics.