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France, Fin de Siecle

France, Fin de Siecle

  • Title: France, Fin de Siecle
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  • ISBN : 9780674318137
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 308 pages


The end of the nineteenth century in France was marked by political scandals, social unrest, dissension, and decadence Yet the fin de si cle was also an era of great social and scientific progress, a time when advantages previously reserved for the privileged began to be shared by the many Public transportation, electrical illumination, standard time, and an improved w The end of the nineteenth century in France was marked by political scandals, social unrest, dissension, and decadence Yet the fin de si cle was also an era of great social and scientific progress, a time when advantages previously reserved for the privileged began to be shared by the many Public transportation, electrical illumination, standard time, and an improved water supply radically altered the life of the modest folk, who found time for travel and leisure activities including sports such as cycling Change became the nature of things, and people believed that further improvement was not only possible but inevitable.In this thoroughly engaging history, Eugen Weber describes ways of life, not as recorded by general history, but as contemporaries experienced them He writes about political atmosphere and public prejudices rather than standard political history Water and washing, bicycles and public transportation engage him than great scientific discoveries He discusses academic painting and poster art, the popular stage and music halls, at greater length than avant garde and classic theater or opera In this book the importance of telephones, plumbing, and central heating outranks such traditional subjects as international developments, the rise of organized labor, and the spread of socialism.Weber does not neglect the darker side of the fin de si cle The discrepancy between material advance and spiritual dejection, characteristic of our own times, interests him as much as the idea of progress, and he reminds us that for most people the period was far from elegant In the lurid context of military defeat, political instability, public scandal, and clamorous social criticism, one had also to contend with civic dirt, unsanitary food, mob violence, and the seeds of modern day scourges pollution, drugs, sensationalism, debased art, the erosion of moral character Yet millions of fin de si cle French lived as only thousands had lived fifty years before while their advance was slow, their right to improvement was conceded


Author Eugen Weber

Historian, fought in World War II




France, Fin de Siecle Reviews (16)

  • The closing of a century is a time of change in history and culture This was never true than at the end of the nineteenth century the era now known as the fin de siecle Eugen Weber focuses on France in this fine history of that era It is a history organized topically rather than chronologically Thu [..]

  • This is an old book from 1986, and it is written in a discursive rather chatty fashion Nor is it the sharply intellectual history of Schorske s Fin de Siecle Vienna But it offers a history of every day life in France from roughly 1870 to 1915, thus providing a very insightful backdrop to World War I [..]

  • Interesting information, although I found the organization of content a bit hard to follow at points Would be helpful to have a basic understanding of key historical events of this era before reading. [..]

  • This was one of ten books assigned for a class I took on the Fin de Siecle, and it was easily my favourite of the ten The information is on the broader side, but for a casual historical read that s probably what one wants anyway Loved the whole thing. [..]

  • A very informative overview of the era and filled with wonderful anecdotes It was an enjoyable read I m glad I took the time. [..]

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