Writing the French national narrative in the 21st century

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With France currently in the midst of a fierce public debate over its identité nationale, now is a very appropriate time to revisit one of the most controversial questions in modern French history: the definition of the nation. Taking a wide range of French and foreign authors from a variety of disciplines, this article shows how debates around the national narrative in France have developed in the past twenty years, as the country's intellectual class has come to terms with, amongst other things, the ‘post-colonial turn’, and the disintegration of Marxism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-516
Number of pages21
JournalHistorical Journal
Issue number2
Early online date27 Apr 2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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