Preface Chapter 1. An Unstable Past Chapter 2. An Improvised State Chapter 3. A Voluntarist Ethic Chapter 4. A Flagging Demography Chapter 5. A Stagnant Economy Chapter 6. A Sexist Tradition Chapter 7. An Educated Elite Chapter 8. A Xenophobic Style Chapter 9. A Socialist Revival Chapter 10. A Strange Defeat? Epilogue Further Reading Index
Allan Mitchell received his Ph. D. at Harvard in 1961, then taught at Smith College (1961-1972) and the University of California, San Diego (1972-1998). His first book was Revolution in Bavaria (Princeton, 1965). That was followed by a trilogy published by the University of North Carolina Press: The German Influence in France after 1870: The Formation of the French Republic (Chapel Hill, 1979); Victors and Vanquished: The German Influence on Army and Church in France after 1870 (Chapel Hill and London, 1984); and The Divided Path: The German Influence on Social Reform in France after 1870 (Chapel Hill and London, 1991). His latest volume was published by Berghahn Books: The Great Train Race: Railways and the Franco-German Rivalry, 1815-1914 (New York and Oxford, 2000). Currently he is preparing a study of the German occupation of Paris, 1940-1944.
...very well written [and] highly informative. It has originality [and] presents stimulating and thoughtful images of the Third French Republic.A" * Joel Blatt, University of Connecticut - an excellent interpretive essay - this short book, long on ideas and filled with useful information, is highly recommended to specialists in German and French history alike, as well as anyone interested in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century European history.A" * H-German