Michael Burleigh

Keeping the Flame Alive

In the Shadow of the General: Modern France and the Myth of De Gaulle

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French historians have long been interested in the Nachleben, or ‘after life’, of significant markers of national identity, arguably the greatest development in French historiography since the Annales School. Pierre Nora’s seven-volume Les Lieux de Mémoire is epic testament to that, all attractively abridged into the trilogy Realms of Memory for more casual Anglo-Saxon readers. The essays range from Joan of Arc to the Tour de France, via Jacobin festivals and the tricolor.

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