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What constitutes “Frenchness”? Until recently we thought we knew. After all, France is regarded as “the oldest nation of Europe,” a recognizable geographic and political entity dating from the early Middle Ages. Fernand Braudel, arguably France’s most influential historian of the twentieth century,...

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Published in: Views from the Margins p. 1
Main Authors: KEVIN J. CALLAHAN, SARAH A. CURTIS
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: UNP - Nebraska 01-01-2009
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Summary: What constitutes “Frenchness”? Until recently we thought we knew. After all, France is regarded as “the oldest nation of Europe,” a recognizable geographic and political entity dating from the early Middle Ages. Fernand Braudel, arguably France’s most influential historian of the twentieth century, has located the essence of French identity in the deeper patterns of French geography, demography, and the environment that emerged over centuries.¹ France has been historically at the center of Europe in terms of power and the influence of its culture and civilization. As early as the thirteenth century, students from across Europe attended the University of
ISBN: 0803215592
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