The Regions of France: A Reference Guide to History and Culture

The Regions of France: A Reference Guide to History and Culture

The Regions of France: A Reference Guide to History and Culture

The Regions of France: A Reference Guide to History and Culture

Synopsis

This is the first complete reference book on the history, culture, and political and economic development of France's 22 regions. The Regions of France is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary resource, essential for school and public libraries. Designed to assist students and interested readers, The Regions of France is the only book on France in English or French that is organized into the 22 regions of the nation, making it a one-stop, easy-to-use reference source for gathering information on each region; examines each region's geography, history, recent politics, population, economy, culture (including cuisine) and customs, architecture and noteworthy sites, allowing the reader to see the great physical, cultural, and linguistic variety that exists in France today; and shows the impact of European integration on France and its regions.

Excerpt

The Regions of France: A Reference Guide to History and Culture is intended to make the twenty-two regions of the nation accessible to students and others interested in contemporary France. Foreigners often associate France primarily with Paris, but understanding the individual regions allows us to see their great variety--physical, cultural, linguistic, and so on-- and their role in the nation's historical, political, economic, and cultural development. Although almost one-fifth of France's inhabitants reside in the capital, Paris, the majority of the population is found in the regions. Moreover, the French people tend to identify closely with their region. Therefore, in order to better understand France and the French, we must be acquainted with the nation's twenty-two regions.

In this volume, the description of each region is organized around specific categories: regional geography, history, recent politics, population, economy, culture (including cuisine), and architecture and noteworthy sites. A map of each region is found at the beginning of the appropriate chapter. To aid the reader in orientation, each regional map is accompanied by a smaller key map showing the region's location within France. At the end of each chapter is a select bibliography. In addition to a photo essay, two appendixes are included: a chronology and a list of the rulers of France. A general bibliography concludes the book. To date, no other work in the English or French language provides such in-depth and comprehensive coverage of all of France's regions. In France today, scholars are just beginning to publish work on the regions that is large in scope.

Much of the statistical material found in this volume was obtained from La France et ses régions (1993), an economic and demographic survey of the twenty-two regions, published by the Institut National de la Statistique . . .

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