`a very thoughtful and stimulating analysis … He is acute about the ways in which France today needs to change to meet the challenges of its new role in the world.’ John Ardagh The last fifty years of French history have seen immense challenges for the French: constructing a new European order, building a modern economy, searching for a stable political system. It has also been a time of anxiety and doubt. The French have had to come to terms with the legacy of the German Occupation, the loss of Empire, the political and social implications of the influx of foreign immigrants, the rise of Islam, the destruction of rural life, and the threat of Anglo-American culture to French language and civilization.
About the Author: Robert Gildea is a Fellow and tutor in Modern History at Merton College, Oxford. He is the author of the acclaimed book Barricades and Borders.
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