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Ethnic Entrepreneurs, Crony Capitalism, and the Making of the Franco-Mexican Elite

release date: Jan 12, 2021
Ethnic Entrepreneurs, Crony Capitalism, and the Making of the Franco-Mexican Elite
This work provides a new way to understand the scope and impact of crony capitalism on institutional development in Mexico. Beginning with the Porfiriato, the period between 1876 and 1911 named for the rule of President Porfirio Díaz, José Galindo identifies how certain behavioral patterns of the Mexican political and economic elite have repeated over the years, and analyzes aspects of the political economy that have persisted, shaping and at times curtailing Mexico''s economic development. Strong links between entrepreneurs and politicians have allowed elite businessmen to receive privileged support, such as cheap credit, tax breaks, and tariff protection, from different governments and to run their companies as monopolies. In turn, successive governments have obtained support from businesses to implement public policies, and, on occasion, public officials have received monetary restitution. Galindo notes that Mexico''s early twentieth-century institutional framework was weak and unequal to the task of reining in these systematic abuses. The cost to society was high and resulted in a lack of fair market competition, unequal income distribution, and stunted social mobility.

The Damned

release date: Jan 01, 2020
The Damned
In 19th century New Orleans, Sâebastien Saint Germain, cursed and forever changed, and Celine, recovering from injuries sustained during a night she cannot remember, uncover the danger around them, including their love.

Critical Terrains

release date: Mar 15, 2018
Critical Terrains
Examining and historicizing the concept of "otherness" in both literature and criticism, Lisa Lowe explores representations of non-European cultures in British and French writings from the eighteenth through the twentieth century. Lowe traces the intersections of culture, class, and sexuality in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters and Montesquieu’s Lettres persanes and discusses tropes of orientalism, racialism, and romanticism in Flaubert. She then turns to debates in Anglo-American and Indian criticism on Forster’s Passage to India and on the utopian projection of China in the poststructuralist theories of Julia Kristeva and Roland Barthes and in the journal Tel Quel.

Napoleon's Australia

release date: Aug 20, 2018
Napoleon's Australia
In the northern winter of 1814, a French armada set sail for New South Wales. The Armada''s mission was the invasion of Sydney, and its inspiration and its fate were interwoven with one of history''s greatest love stories--Napoleon and Josephine. The Empress Josephine was fascinated by all things Australian. In the gardens of her grand estate, Malmaison, she kept kangaroos, emus, black swans, and other Australian animals, along with hundreds of native plants brought back by French explorers in peacetime. And even when war raged between France and Britain, ships known to be carrying Australian flora and fauna for "Josephine''s Ark" were given safe passage. Napoleon, too, had an abiding interest in Australia, but for quite different reasons. What Britain and its Australian colonies did not know was that French explorers visiting these shores, purporting to be naturalists on scientific expeditions, were in fact spies, gathering vital information on the colony''s defenses. It was ripe for the picking. The conquest of Australia was on Bonaparte''s agenda for world domination, and detailed plans had been made for the invasion and for how French Australia would be governed. How it all came together and how it fell apart is a remarkable tale--history with an element of the "What if?" No less remarkable is how the tempestuous relationship between Napoleon and his empress affected the fate of the Great Southern Land. Today, on the island of Saint Helena, where Napoleon was exiled after his defeat at Waterloo, Sydney golden wattle grows wild. Napoleon planted it there to remind him of Josephine.

Skating with the Statue of Liberty

release date: Apr 01, 2017
Skating with the Statue of Liberty
After having escaped with his family from Nazi-occupied France, Gustave finds a home in New York City but is still worried about Marcel, his good friend whom he left behind, and is surprised to find bigotry in America, too.

French Revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire

French Revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire
The effects of the French Revolution reached far beyond the confines of France itself. The Ottoman Empire, ancient ally and major trading partner of France, was not immune from the repercussions of the ''Age of Revolutions'', especially since it was home to permanent French communities with a certain legal autonomy. French Revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire examines, for the first time, the political and cultural impact of the French Revolution on Franco-Ottoman relations, as well as on the French communities of the Ottoman Empire. The modern interpretation of revolutionary ideological expansionism is strongly influenced by the famous propaganda decree of 19 November 1792 which promised ''fraternity and help to all peoples who wish to recover their liberty'', as well as the well-studied efforts to export the Revolution into the territories conquered by the revolutionary armies and to the various Sister Republics. Against all expectations, however, French revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire exhibited neither a ''crusading mentality'' nor a heightened readiness to use force in order to achieve ideological goals. Instead, as this volume shows, in matters of diplomacy as well as in the administration of French expatriate communities, revolutionary policies were applied in an extremely circumspect fashion. The focus on the effects of the French regime change outside of France offers valuable new insights into the revolutionary process itself, which will revise common assumptions about French revolutionary diplomacy. In addition, Pascal Firges takes a close look at the establishment of the new political culture of the French Revolution within the transcultural context of the French expatriate communities of the Ottoman Empire, which serves as a thought-provoking point of comparison for the emergence and development of French revolutionary political culture.

The Outsider

release date: Jul 30, 2020
The Outsider
In The Outsider, Camus explores the alienation of an individual who refuses to conform to social norms. Meursault, his anti-hero, will not lie. When his mother dies, he refuses to show his emotions simply to satisfy the expectations of others. And when he commits a random act of violence on a sun-drenched beach near Algiers, his lack of remorse compounds his guilt in the eyes of society and the law. Yet he is as much a victim as a criminal.

Wealth and Disaster

release date: Dec 15, 2016
Wealth and Disaster
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Imperial Unknowns

release date: Sep 30, 2016
Imperial Unknowns
At the intersection of the history of knowledge and science, of European trade empires and the Mediterranean, this major new empirical study presents a new method for understanding the history of ignorance across politics, religion, history and science during the early Enlightenment.

They Spoke French

They Spoke French
A Minnesota History Project sponsored by the French-American Heritage Foundation of Minnesota

The Spanish Connection

release date: Sep 12, 2016
The Spanish Connection
In early modern times, Seville was the most important hub for the transatlantic economy. It attracted a large number of foreign merchants who connected the American with the European markets. While the transatlantic axis of this trade has drawn much attention in historiography, the connection between Seville and the European Atlantic coast has largely been ignored. Therefore, this book analyzes the central actors of this trade route who were the Flemish and French merchants of Seville. Following their commercial activities, it shows features of their private and business networks in Seville and displays fundamental structures and processes of the European and transatlantic economy.

FraNCe: The French Heritage of North Carolina (In Living Color)

release date: Jun 22, 2016
FraNCe: The French Heritage of North Carolina (In Living Color)
There is a subtle but significant French heritage in North Carolina. Towns such as Bath, Beaufort, New Bern, and La Grange are testimony to the settlements of French Huguenots in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The city of Fayetteville is named after the Marquis de Lafayette, a French ally during the American Revolution. The first European explorers to the North Carolina region were, in fact, French (1524). French Huguenots migrated to the state as early as 1690 and many North Carolinians have last names of French origin. North Carolina has many other place names and remnants of French presence since the early colonial period. This book traces the historical presence of the French in NC from the state''s origins to the present and tells the story of a little-known part of the state''s cultural heritage. (Color photos and images).

Nancy, Blanchot

release date: Aug 16, 2018
Nancy, Blanchot
This book offers the first fully documented and historically contextualised account of the origins and implications of the concept of community in the work of Nancy and Blanchot. It analyses in detail the underlying philosophical, political, literary, and religious implications of the often misrepresented debate between Blanchot and Nancy.

Pondicherry Under the French

release date: Jan 01, 2018
Pondicherry Under the French
Pondicherry under the French: Illuminating the Urban Landscape, 1674-1793 explores how the town of Pondicherry developed as the epicentre of the French presence in India, becoming a major centre of Company administration. It evaluates the relative significance of inland trade and overseas commerce in generating mercantile wealth by examining the volume and value of commercial transactions and the interactions between the French, Tamils, Telugus, Gujaratis and the Armenians. This resulted in the urbanization of the town, which in turn dramatically and radically changed its skyline. The collective composition of the external agencies, cross-cultural connections and knowledge networks led to new forms of art, architecture and culture with the French attempting to convert the urban reality of Pondicherry into a smart city. As the French presence evolved from a trading company into a colonial state, Pondicherry, called ''The Pearl of French India'', became one of the most advanced cities in the world in terms of governance, politics and global linkages.

Alternative Modernities in French Travel Writing

release date: Jun 19, 2016
Alternative Modernities in French Travel Writing
Ever since human beings first travelled, cities have constituted important material and literary destinations. While the city has formed a key theme for scholars of literary fiction, travellers’ writings on the western city have been somewhat neglected by travel studies. However, travel writing with its attention to difference provides a rich source for the study of representational strategies and tactics in modern urban space. Beginning at the Crystal Palace in 1851 and ending up in the skyscrapers of NYC, this book analyses the writings of lesser-known as well as canonical French travel writers, including Paul Morand, Jean-Paul Sartre, Georges Perec and Jean Baudrillard. Tracing the work of these writers in London and New York from 1851 to the 1980s, it contributes to a body of work that analyses travel and travel writing beyond the Anglophone context, and engages in questions pertaining to the French imagination of possible meanings for life in the modern city. One of the central tenets of the book is that, in the way its spaces are planned, encountered and represented, the city is active in formulating identities, while the book’s guiding question is how analysis of French travel writing allows us to explore the multiplicity of urban modernities by engaging with the historical and cultural differences internal to ‘the West’. Bringing together the strands of theory, context and poetic analysis, the book treats of travel writing as a spatial practice, one that engages representations of urban space in questions of nationality, power and legibility. In this way, it opens avenues for the exploration of urban modernity from a position of alterity, whereby alternative imaginative geographies of the city come into view.

The French of Outremer

release date: Feb 20, 2018
The French of Outremer
A collection of essays devoted to the culture of the Francophone European crusading states of the eastern Mediterranean. Contributors, including historians of the crusades, Old French literature, and medieval art, each address different themes and questions related to life, literature, and language in the Frankish Levant.

Marc-Antoine Caillot and the Company of the Indies in Louisiana

release date: Jun 13, 2016
Marc-Antoine Caillot and the Company of the Indies in Louisiana
Between 1717 and 1731, the French Company of the Indies (Compagnie des Indes) held a virtual monopoly over Louisiana culture and trade. Among numerous controls, its administrators oversaw the slave trade, the immigration of free and indentured whites, negotiations with Native American peoples, and the purchase and exportation of Louisiana-grown tobacco. In Marc-Antoine Caillot and the Company of the Indies in Louisiana, Erin M. Greenwald situates the colony within a French Atlantic circuit that stretched from Paris and the Brittany coast to Africa''s Senegambian region to the West Indies to Louisiana and back. Focusing on the travels and travails of Marc-Antoine Caillot, a company clerk who set sail for Louisiana in 1729, Greenwald deftly examines the company''s role as colonizer, developer, slaveholder, commercial entity, and deal maker. As the company''s focus shifted away from agriculture with the reversion of Louisiana to the French crown in 1731, so too did the lives of the individuals whose fortunes were bound up in the company''s trade, colonization, and agricultural mission in the Americas. Greenwald’s focus on Caillot provides an engaging microhistory for readers interested in the culture and society of early Louisiana and its place in the larger French Atlantic world.

French Mediterraneans

release date: May 01, 2016
French Mediterraneans
"Collection of essays that explore the French presence in the 19th and 20th-century making of the Mediterranean"--Provided by publisher.

Graziella

release date: Jan 01, 2018
Graziella
In its first modern translation, a novel-cum-memoir of a Frenchman''s erotic awakening in Italy by a preeminent writer of the Romantic period In 1812 Alphonse de Lamartine, a young man of means, traveled through southern Italy, where, during a sojourn in Naples, he fell in love with a young woman who worked in a cigar factory--and whose death after he returned to France would haunt him throughout his writing life. Graziella, Lamartine called this lost girl in his poetry and memoirs--and also in Graziella, a novel that closely follows the story of his own romance. "When I was eighteen," the narrator begins, as if penning his memoir, "my family entrusted me to the care of a relative whose business affairs called her to Tuscany." The tale that unfolds, of the young man''s amorous experiences amid the natural grandeur and subtle splendors of the Italian countryside, is one of the finest works of fiction in the French Romantic tradition, a bildungsroman that is also a melancholy portrait of the artist as a young man discovering the muse who would both inspire and elude him. Remarkable for its contemplative prose, its dreamy passions and seductive drawing of the Italian landscape, and its place in the Romantic canon, Graziella is a timeless portrait of love, chronicling the remorse and the misguided ideals of youth that find their expression, if not their amends, in art.

Almost a French Australia

release date: Sep 05, 2017
Almost a French Australia
History of French exploration in Australia and surrounding region in pre-colonial times. Profiles of explorers and historical context of their voyages.

CASTLES OF CALIFORNIA

release date: Mar 06, 2017
CASTLES OF CALIFORNIA
Two of Jules Verne''s plays have long piqued the interest of American readers, and are included in this volume in translation for the first time. Both feature Frenchmen, recently returned from the United States, discovering the ephemeral nature of wealth. In The Castles of California, the Frenchman has come from the California gold fields--has he struck it rich, or has he had the bad luck of most of the "Forty-niners"? In A Nephew from America, an unattached ladies'' man suddenly discovers that his late brother had a son in America, who is now an adult. And his new nephew is in love, and needs his uncle''s assistance. Will true love, and kinship, win out? Accompanying the two plays is an afterword on Verne''s 1867 trip to the United States, and its lasting inspiration; some one-third of the author''s stories would include American characters, settings, or themes. The book is profusely illustrated with original engravings from Verne''s time, and translation is by Kieran O''Driscoll, a leading expert on Verne in the English language.

Lives of Fort de Chartres

release date: Feb 24, 2016
Lives of Fort de Chartres
The vivid peoples and cultures of eighteenthcentury French Illinois Fort de Chartres, built in 17191720 in the heart of what would become the American Midwest, embodied French colonial power for half a century. Lives of Fort de Chartres, by David MacDonald, details the French colonial experience in Illinois from 1720 to 1770 through vivid depictions of the places, people, and events around the fort and its neighboring villages. Subjects treated in the book include French-Native American relations, the fur trade, early Illinois agriculture, and tensions among different religious orders. Together, the biographies and historical narrative in the volume illuminate the challenges that shaped the French colonies in America. Both informative and entertaining, Lives of Fort de Chartres contributes to a more complete understanding of the French colonial experience in the Midwest and portrays a vital and vigorous community well worth our appreciation.

A Tale of Two Cities

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release date: Jan 01, 2021
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