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Author Ford, Caroline C., 1956-

Title Creating the nation in provincial France : religion and political identity in Brittany / Caroline Ford.

Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1993]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  944.11 FORD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 255 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [231]-248) and index.
Summary Although religion has often been pressed into the service of defining national identities in Western Europe, in post-revolutionary France religion has generally been regarded as an impediment to national integration. Focusing on Brittany, a region marked by its profound religiosity and cultural difference, Caroline Ford shows that religious institutions, which often questioned the unity claims of the French "nation", promoted a process of national assimilation by the early twentieth century. Through a study of Breton social Catholicism, she reveals why and how the inhabitants of provincial France came to resist, appropriate, and create national allegiances as they voiced new political ideologies and identities fashioned from local understanding. Ford challenges prevailing center-based analyses of nation formation, in which the center is believed to impose a fixed set of attributes that define the nation at the periphery, by arguing that national identity is created through a continual process of negotiation. In placing the Breton case within a comparative European perspective, this book contributes to a broader reexamination of the relationship between religion and nation formation in old and new states. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of history, religious studies, political science, anthropology, and contemporary European politics.
Subject Acculturation -- Political aspects -- France -- Finistère.
Politics and culture -- France -- Finistère.
Nationalism -- France -- Finistère.
Revolutions -- France -- Finistère -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Finistère (France) -- Politics and government.
France -- Politics and government -- 1789-
ISBN 0691056676