Realms of Memory the Construction of the French Past Traditions (volume2)
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
- Publish date: 09/01/1997
- ISBN: 9780231106344
- ISBN10: 0231106343
Where Volume One chronicled the role of political, social, and cultural differences within French society, Volume Two, in parts entitled "Models, " "Books, " and "Singularities, " emphasizes the shared aspects of French history and culture instrumental in the development of a national identity. Traditions includes fourteen essays on subjects ranging from Antoine Compagnon on Proust's Remembrance of Things Past to Georges Vigarello on the Tour de France and Daniel Milo on street names. They call attention to aspects of French culture in a manner that does not follow the traditional cause-and-effect approach; instead they focus on the complex influence of customs and institutions, from gastronomy to jurisprudence, private joys to public rituals.
Widely acclaimed for its innovative approach to history, Realms of Memory's emphasis on the processes that make a cultural identity is sure to prove fascinating not only to those interested in the history of France, but also for those who study history in general.