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Rural Inventions: The French Countryside after 1945

Sarah Farmer


In post–World War II France, commitment to cutting-edge technological modernization and explosive economic growth uprooted rural populations and eroded the village traditions of a largely peasant nation. And yet, this book argues, rural France did not vanish in the sweeping transformations of the 1950s and 1960s. The attachment of the French to rural ways and the agricultural past became a widely shared preoccupation in the 1970s; this, in turn, became an engine of change in its own right. Though the French countryside is often imagined as stable and enduring, this book presents it as a site n ... More

Keywords: postwar France, rural France, agriculture, countryside, environmentalism, peasant, secondary residences, autobiography, communes, modernization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190079079
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190079079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Farmer, author
Associate Professor of History, University of California, Irvine