France at War in the Twentieth Century : Myth, Metaphor and Propaganda

France at War in the Twentieth Century : Myth, Metaphor and Propaganda

Description

France experienced four major conflicts in the fifty years between 1914 and 1964: two world wars, and the wars in Indochina and Algeria. In each the role of myth was intricately bound up with memory, hope, belief, and ideas of nation. This is the first book to explore how individual myths were created, sustained, and used for purposes of propaganda, examining in detail not just the press, radio, photographs, posters, films, and songs that gave credence to an imagined event or attributed mythical status to an individual, but also the cultural processes by which such artifacts were disseminated and took effect. Reliance on myth, so the authors argue, is shown to be one of the most significant and durable features of 20th century warfare propaganda, used by both sides in all the conflicts covered in this book. However, its effective and useful role in time of war notwithstanding, it does distort a population's perception of reality and therefore often results in defeat: the myth-making that began as a means of sustaining belief in France's supremacy, and later her will and ability to resist, ultimately proved counterproductive in the process of decolonization.


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Details

Author(s)
Valerie Holman, Debra Kelly
Format
Hardback | 192 pages
Dimensions
139.7 x 220 x 12.95mm | 305g
Publication date
01 Nov 2000
Publisher
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication City/Country
Herndon, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
3 maps, 10 ills
ISBN10
1571817018
ISBN13
9781571817013
Bestsellers rank
2,746,545