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The Future of French Culture

Arthur Goldhammer

The evolution of French culture from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century is described as a succession of three "cultural configurations": humanist (or literary/philosophical), scientific/organic, and industrial. The transformation of the culture is linked to changes in the educational system in response to France's altered place in the global order after 1945. French attitudes toward, and internal critiques of, the shifting cultural hegemony are examined as both causes and consequences of these evolving configurations.

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A Few Thoughts on the Future of French Studies

Arthur Goldhammer

It is argued that the concept of “French studies” originally embodied in this journal was born of a unique constellation of social, cultural, and political forces characteristic of the middle years of the Cold War. The unity of the field defined by that moment was subsequently challenged by tensions inherent in the shift to a more transnational comparative perspective. A return to a ”reflective equilibrium” between the local and the global anchored in an emphasis on language and culture is advocated.

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Assessing France as a Model of Societal Success

Éloi Laurent and Michèle Lamont

In this article, we propose a definition of the elusive "French model" of societal success and explore its usefulness for understanding the forces shaping France's future. This model, we suggest, remains "statist-republicanist": its democracy revolves around the idea of republicanism, while its economy continues to rely heavily on market regulation and public intervention. We assess France's model of societal success, which requires exploring the country's long-term assets and liabilities for human development. We argue, first of all, that France relies on a combination of a high fertility rate, an excellent health care system, a low level of income inequalities, and "de-carbonized growth"; second, that it continues to have a major liability, namely, a shadow French model of cultural membership that sustains segregation and discrimination; and third, that it experiences an important decoupling between its profound socio-economic transformations, on the one hand, and its political discourse and representations of the polity, on the other.

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Globalizing the History of French Decolonization

Jessica Lynne Pearson

“The Future of French History in the United States,” university presses looking to appeal to a wider scholarly audience and grant agencies hoping to widen the impact of the research they fund have encouraged scholars to look beyond the boundaries of the

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Book Reviews

Aro Velmet and Rachel Kantrowitz

officials and elite West Africans debated educational issues, arguing that “controversies over schooling came to serve as proxies for broader contests over the future of French West Africa” (9). Drawing mainly on colonial archives held in Senegal and France

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France in the Age of Covid-19

Éric Touya de Marenne

responsibility: how and why should we live individually and collectively, what might be our purpose on this earth, how should we organize society so that we may live in harmony with others and our environment? These questions concern the future of French society

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“Till I Have Done All That I Can”

An Auxiliary Nurse’s Memories of World War I

Michelle Moravec

declaring that “the future of France is in the children,” Clarke ended her speech with a stirring patriotic declaration: “Those who died gave their lives that the Children of France can live. It is our task to [ensure] … that they did not die in vain.” 53

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The Office de la Famille Française

Familialism and the National Revolution in 1940s Morocco

Margaret Cook Andersen

determined to secure for settlers the family rights to which they believed themselves to be entitled as French citizens. 24 Settler familialists repeatedly made the argument that the future of French rule in Morocco depended on large-scale settlement of the

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Le Rire and the Meaning of Cartoon Art in Fin-de-Siècle France

Andrew Kotick

the past, present, and future of French caricature and comic art. Indeed, prior to his work with Juven, Alexandre had written extensively on the history of comic art and caricature, publishing just two years previously a foundational monograph study on

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Refusing the “Gift” of Integration

Narratives of Migration at the Galerie des dons

Abigail E. Celis

spatially. For one, though this object appears in Accept —the section meant to showcase the moment of integrating oneself into the collective future of France—the pillowcase and its lingering scent enable and embody the opposite. Though her mother