French Politics, Culture and Society

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, Summer

Andre Siegfried and the Complexities of French Anti-Americanism
Though it is generally agreed that Andre Siegfried (1875-1959) was one of the most enduring and influential French commentators on the United States between the 1920s and the 1950s, scholars do not agree on the extent to which he should be considered...
"A World of Their Own": Searching for Popular Culture in the French Countryside
This article revisits the role that the concept of popular culture has played in Eugen Weber's Peasants Into Frenchmen and in the historiography of France. It delineates the contours of this field of study in the 1970s then traces its evolution, focusing...
Black in France: The Language and Politics of Race in the Late Third Republic
This article uses notes generated by France's surveillance of African and Afro-Caribbean migrants during the interwar years to analyze the use black men made of racial terms such as negre and mulatre. Although developed before the twentieth century,...
Bleu, Blanc ... Green? France and Climate Change
The deadly heat wave of August 2003 convinced a majority of French of the dramatic impact of climate change. This article aims at presenting evidence and analysis about public perception, environmental performance, and policy development in France...
Peasants into Frenchmen Thirty Years After
This essay provides an introduction to the articles by Laird Boswell, Stephane Gerson, and Gilles Pecout in this forum, which is based on a one-day conference held at UCLA in December 2006, several months before the death of Eugen Weber. It gives a...
Rethinking the Nation at the Periphery
Eugen Weber's Peasants into Frenchmen has had an enduring impact on historians of European nationalism. This article situates Weber's influence on the field of nationalism and focuses on regions that played a crucial role in his analysis: peripheries....