France Since 1871

Yale Course , Fall 2007 , Prof. John Merriman

Lecture 24: Immigration

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France Since 1871 (HIST 276)

French culture is threatened both by European Unification and the rise of xenophobia within France itself. The defeat of the referendum on the European Constitution testified to the dissatisfaction of many people in rural France with the economic realities of the new international community. Racist policies targeting residents of France's poor suburbs threaten the national ideal of liberty, equality, and fraternity. These problems remain to be resolved if France is to preserve its unique identity.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Preserving the Character of France: The European Union and the Threat of Homogeneity
06:42 - Chapter 2. Economic Problems of European Unification: Euro Inflation and Labor Competition from the East
15:28 - Chapter 3. The Problem of the Parisian Suburbs: The Riots of 2005 and Continuing Violence
26:09 - Chapter 4. Immigrant Populations, Suburban Violence, and Failure of Government Response
33:42 - Chapter 5. No Direction, No Opportunity, No Hope

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This course was recorded in Fall 2007.

Course Description :

Introduction - The Paris Commune and Its Legacy - Centralized State and Republic - A Nation? Peasants, Language, and French Identity - The Waning of Religious Authority - Workshop and Factory - Mass Politics and the Political Challenge from the Left - Dynamite Club: The Anarchists - General Boulanger and Captain Dreyfus - Cafs and the Culture of Drink - Paris and the Belle poque - French Imperialism (Guest Lecture by Charles Keith) - The Origins of World War I - Trench Warfare - The Home Front - The Great War, Grief, and Memory (Guest Lecture by Bruno Cabanes) - The Popular Front - The Dark Years: Vichy France - Resistance - Battles For and Against Americanization - Vietnam and Algeria - Charles De Gaulle - May 1968 - Immigration

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