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  • 22 Jan 2015
    Emile Chabal

    A Crisis Is Just What France Needed – Or Is It?

    Reacting to the massacre at Charlie Hebdo two weeks ago, Emile Chabal, the author of A Divided Republic, explores the implications for France as a modern nation.

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  • 21 Nov 2014
    Elizabeth Heath

    Beyond the Dinner Table

    Elizabeth Heath, the author of Wine, Sugar, and the Making of Modern France, sheds light on the way Guadeloupean workers in the sugarmills and citizens of Aude reliant on the region's wine changed the nature of French citizenship and colonization.

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  • 2 May 2012
    Gabriel Goodliffe

    Analyzing the First Round of the French Presidential Election: The Anger of France’s Losers of Globalization

    On the face of it, the first round of the French 2012 presidential elections went according to script. The Socialist candidate François Hollande—who came first with 28.6% of the vote—will square off, as predicted, against Nicolas Sarkozy, the candidate of the Right who garnered 27.2% of the vote, in the second round run-off on May 6. However, beyond this widely anticipated run-off, the first round results confounded the pundits’ expectations in two important respects.

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  • 21 Jan 2010
    Helen Hattab

    Descartes: The Dutch Connection

    We think of René Descartes as a French philosopher, given that he was born in La Haye, France. Descartes, however, felt most at home among the Dutch. In 1618 he joined the army of the Dutch commander, Maurice of Nassau and even long after leaving the military, he chose to reside in the United Provinces of the Netherlands. His return to France in 1620 ended in 1623 with a pilgrimage to Italy, which Descartes undertook as thanks for a series of dreams (he interpreted these as divine revelations of his future path as a philosopher). Descartes returned to France again in 1623 but finally left for good in 1628. Frustrated with the social obligations that life in Paris imposed on him, Descartes took refuge in the Dutch Republic whose people he praised for not prying into his business.

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