La Vie en bleu : France and the French since 1900, Paperback Book

La Vie en bleu : France and the French since 1900 Paperback

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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 - but also explores 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
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780140130959

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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.

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