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Empires of the Mind - The Colonial Past and the Politics of the Present (Hardcover): Robert Gildea Empires of the Mind - The Colonial Past and the Politics of the Present (Hardcover)
Robert Gildea
R605 R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

'The empires of the future would be the empires of the mind' declared Churchill in 1943, envisaging universal empires living in peaceful harmony. Robert Gildea exposes instead the brutal realities of decolonisation and neo-colonialism which have shaped the postwar world. Even after the rush of French and British decolonisation in the 1960s, the strings of economic and military power too often remained in the hands of the former colonial powers. The more empire appears to have declined and fallen, the more a fantasy of empire has been conjured up as a model for projecting power onto the world stage and legitimised colonialist intervention in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. This aggression, along with the imposition of colonial hierarchies in metropolitan society, has excluded, alienated and even radicalised immigrant populations. Meanwhile, nostalgia for empire has bedevilled relations with Europe and played a large part in explaining Brexit.

Barricades and Borders - Europe 1800-1914 (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Robert Gildea Barricades and Borders - Europe 1800-1914 (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Robert Gildea
R867 Discovery Miles 8 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Now with a substantially revised text and fully updated bibliography, this is a comprehensive survey of European history from Napoleon Bonaparte to the First World War. Going beyond traditional political and diplomatic history, the book incorporates the results of recent research on population movements, the expansion of markets, the accumulation of capital, social mobility, education, changing patterns of leisure, religious practices, and intellectual and artistic developments.

Children of the Revolution - The French, 1799-1914 (Paperback): Robert Gildea Children of the Revolution - The French, 1799-1914 (Paperback)
Robert Gildea
R896 Discovery Miles 8 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For those who lived in the wake of the French Revolution, from the storming of the Bastille to Napoleon's final defeat, its aftermath left a profound wound that no subsequent king, emperor, or president could heal. Children of the Revolution follows the ensuing generations who repeatedly tried and failed to come up with a stable regime after the trauma of 1789. The process encouraged fresh and often murderous oppositions between those who were for, and those who were against, the Revolution's values. Bearing the scars of their country's bloody struggle, and its legacy of deeply divided loyalties, the French lived the long nineteenth century in the shadow of the revolutionary age. Despite the ghosts raised in this epic tale, Robert Gildea has written a richly engaging and provocative book. His is a strikingly unfamiliar France, a country with an often overwhelming gap between Paris and the provinces, a country torn apart by fratricidal hatreds and a tortured history of feminism, the site of political catastrophes and artistic triumphs, and a country that managed-despite a pervasive awareness of its own fall from grace-to fix itself squarely at the heart of modernity. Indeed, Gildea reveals how the collective recognition of the great costs of the Revolution galvanized the French to achieve consensus in a new republic and to integrate the tumultuous past into their sense of national identity. It was in this spirit that France's young men went to the front in World War I with a powerful sense of national confidence and purpose.

Europe's 1968 - Voices of Revolt (Paperback): Robert Gildea, James Mark, Anette Warring Europe's 1968 - Voices of Revolt (Paperback)
Robert Gildea, James Mark, Anette Warring
R750 Discovery Miles 7 500 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

By the late 1960s, in a Europe divided by the Cold War and challenged by global revolution in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, thousands of young people threw themselves into activism to change both the world and themselves. This new and exciting study of "Europe's 1968" is based on the rich oral histories of nearly 500 former activists collected by an international team of historians across fourteen countries. Activists' own voices reflect on how they were drawn into activism, how they worked and struggled together, how they combined the political and the personal in their lives, and the pride or regret with which they look back on those momentous years. Themes explored include generational revolt and activists' relationship with their families, the meanings of revolution, transnational encounters and spaces of revolt, faith and radicalism, dropping out, gender and sexuality, and revolutionary violence. Focussing on the way in which the activists themselves made sense of their revolt, this work makes a major contribution to both oral history and memory studies. This ambitious study ranges widely across Europe from Franco's Spain to the Soviet Union, and from the two Germanys to Greece, and throws new light on moments and movements which both united and divided the activists of Europe's 1968.

France Since 1945 (Paperback, Updated Edition): Robert Gildea France Since 1945 (Paperback, Updated Edition)
Robert Gildea
R321 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R63 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the fifty years since the end of the Second World War, France has had to deal with the legacy of the German occupation, the effects of the Algerian war and the rise of Islam, and more recently the loss of French domination of Europe following the reunification of Germany, the effect of the European Union, the single currency and so on.

Fighters in the Shadows - A New History of the French Resistance (Hardcover): Robert Gildea Fighters in the Shadows - A New History of the French Resistance (Hardcover)
Robert Gildea
R761 R659 Discovery Miles 6 590 Save R102 (13%) Out of stock

Robert Gildea's penetrating history of France during World War II sweeps aside the French Resistance of a thousand cliches. Gaining a true understanding of the Resistance means recognizing how its image has been carefully curated through a combination of French politics and pride, ever since jubilant crowds celebrated Paris's liberation in 1944.

The Past in French History (Paperback, New Paperback Ed): Robert Gildea The Past in French History (Paperback, New Paperback Ed)
Robert Gildea
R1,114 Discovery Miles 11 140 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This fascinating book offers a new perspective on French history and political culture by examining how the commemoration of the past pervades French public life. The book surveys the ways that various political communities in France during the past two centuries-proponents of revolution and counterrevolution, church and state, centralism and regionalism, and national identity and nationalism-have used different versions of the past in order to define their identities and legitimate their goals. "Never before have the competing constructions of the past been examined in a single volume with such erudition and panache. . . . Gildea deals with his subject theoretically, but he intertwines his themes with dexterity and originality."-Douglas Johnson, Times Literary Supplement

Surviving Hitler and Mussolini - Daily Life in Occupied Europe (Paperback, English ed): Robert Gildea, Anette Waring, Olivier... Surviving Hitler and Mussolini - Daily Life in Occupied Europe (Paperback, English ed)
Robert Gildea, Anette Waring, Olivier Wieviorka
R1,039 Discovery Miles 10 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Surviving Hitler and Mussolini examines how far everyday life was possible in a situation of total war and brutal occupation. Its theme is the social experience of occupation in German- and Italian-occupied Europe, and in particular the strategies ordinary people developed in order to survive. Survival included meeting the challenges of shortage and hunger, of having to work for the enemy, of women entering into intimate relations with soldiers, of the preservation of culture in a fascist universe, of whether and how to resist, and the reaction of local communities to measures of reprisal taken in response to resistance. What emerges is that ordinary people were less heroes, villains or victims than inventive and resourceful individuals able to maintain courage and dignity despite the conditions they faced.The book adopts a comparative approach from Denmark and the Netherlands to Poland and Greece, and offers a fresh perspective on the Second World War.

Marianne in Chains - Daily Life in the Heart of France During the German Occupation (Paperback, First): Robert Gildea Marianne in Chains - Daily Life in the Heart of France During the German Occupation (Paperback, First)
Robert Gildea
R656 R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In France, the German occupation is called simply the "dark years." There were only the "good French" who resisted and the "bad French" who collaborated. Marianne in Chains, a broad and provocative history drawing on previously unseen archives, firsthand interviews, diaries, and eyewitness accounts, uncovers the complex truth of the time. Robert Gildea's groundbreaking study reveals the everyday life in the heart of occupied France; the pressing imperatives of work, food, transportation, and family obligations that led to unavoidable compromise and negotiation with the army of occupation.

Fighters Across Frontiers - Transnational Resistance in Europe, 1936-48 (Hardcover): Robert Gildea, Ismee Tames Fighters Across Frontiers - Transnational Resistance in Europe, 1936-48 (Hardcover)
Robert Gildea, Ismee Tames
R695 Discovery Miles 6 950 Out of stock

This landmark book, the product of years of research by a team of two dozen historians, reveals that resistance to occupation by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy during the Second World War was not narrowly delineated by country but startlingly international. Tens of thousands of fighters across Europe resisted 'transnationally', travelling to join networks far from their homes. These 'foreigners' were often communists and Jews who were already being persecuted and on the move. Others were expatriate business people, escaped POWs, forced labourers or deserters. Their experiences would prove personally transformative and greatly affected the course of the conflict. From the International Brigades in Spain to the onset of the Cold War and the foundation of the state of Israel, they played a significant part in a period of upheaval and change during the long Second World War. -- .

France 1870-1914 (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Robert Gildea France 1870-1914 (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Robert Gildea
R3,192 Discovery Miles 31 920 Out of stock

The period 1870 - 1914 in France saw the consolidation of republican government and the recovery of national self-confidence. Though political crises such as the Dreyfus Affair threatened to tear it apart, the Republic established firm parliamentary rule, built up an Empire and an army which was to see it through the Great War. The new edition of this key text - first published as The Third Republic From 1870 to 1914 - offers a clear introduction to the period and incorporates the latest research.

France 1870-1914 (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Robert Gildea France 1870-1914 (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Robert Gildea
R999 Discovery Miles 9 990 Out of stock

The period 1870 - 1914 in France saw the consolidation of republican government and the recovery of national self-confidence. Though political crises such as the Dreyfus Affair threatened to tear it apart, the Republic established firm parliamentary rule, built up an Empire and an army which was to see it through the Great War. The new edition of this key text - first published as The Third Republic From 1870 to 1914 - offers a clear introduction to the period and incorporates the latest research.

Surviving Hitler and Mussolini - Daily Life in Occupied Europe (Hardcover, English ed): Robert Gildea, Olivier Wieviorka,... Surviving Hitler and Mussolini - Daily Life in Occupied Europe (Hardcover, English ed)
Robert Gildea, Olivier Wieviorka, Anette Warring
R2,463 Discovery Miles 24 630 Out of stock

Surviving Hitler and Mussolini examines how far everyday life was possible in a situation of total war and brutal occupation. Its theme is the social experience of occupation in German- and Italian-occupied Europe, and in particular the strategies ordinary people developed in order to survive. Survival included meeting the challenges of shortage and hunger, of having to work for the enemy, of women entering into intimate relations with soldiers, of the preservation of culture in a fascist universe, of whether and how to resist, and the reaction of local communities to measures of reprisal taken in response to resistance. What emerges is that ordinary people were less heroes, villains or victims than inventive and resourceful individuals able to maintain courage and dignity despite the conditions they faced.The book adopts a comparative approach from Denmark and the Netherlands to Poland and Greece, and offers a fresh perspective on the Second World War.

Writing Contemporary History (Paperback): Robert Gildea, Anne Simonin Writing Contemporary History (Paperback)
Robert Gildea, Anne Simonin; Series edited by Stefan Berger, Heiko Feldner, Kevin Passmore
R785 Discovery Miles 7 850 Out of stock

Writing Contemporary History brings together some of the world's most pre-eminent historians to discuss the core issues confronting students of contemporary history today. Tackling ten key questions of current historiographical debate, each chapter sets in parallel and in opposition the contributions of two scholars. Questions include: Does gender history have a future? When does colonial history end? What is cultural history now about? This volume takes to heart the central rationale of the Writing History series, namely to combine theoretical reflection with the practice of producing historical texts. It introduces the reader to a variety of important theoretical approaches in the field of contemporary history writing and asks how these approaches have shaped historical writing in this important sub-discipline. Writing Contemporary History is an invaluable introduction to the central debates that have shaped the field of contemporary history.

Europe's 1968 - Voices of Revolt (Hardcover): Robert Gildea, James Mark, Anette Warring Europe's 1968 - Voices of Revolt (Hardcover)
Robert Gildea, James Mark, Anette Warring
R2,787 Discovery Miles 27 870 Out of stock

By the late 1960s, in a Europe divided by the Cold War and challenged by global revolution in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, thousands of young people threw themselves into activism to change both the world and themselves. This new and exciting study of "Europe's 1968" is based on the rich oral histories of nearly 500 former activists collected by an international team of historians across fourteen countries. Activists' own voices reflect on how they were drawn into activism, how they worked and struggled together, how they combined the political and the personal in their lives, and the pride or regret with which they look back on those momentous years. Themes explored include generational revolt and activists' relationship with their families, the meanings of revolution, transnational encounters and spaces of revolt, faith and radicalism, dropping out, gender and sexuality, and revolutionary violence. Focussing on the way in which the activists themselves made sense of their revolt, this work makes a major contribution to both oral history and memory studies. This ambitious study ranges widely across Europe from Franco's Spain to the Soviet Union, and from the two Germanys to Greece, and throws new light on moments and movements which both united and divided the activists of Europe's 1968.

Children of the Revolution - The French, 1799-1914 (Paperback): Robert Gildea Children of the Revolution - The French, 1799-1914 (Paperback)
Robert Gildea 1
R440 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R89 (20%) Out of stock

For those who lived in the wake of the French Revolution, from the storming of the Bastille to Napoleon's final defeat, its aftermath left a profound wound that no subsequent king, emperor, or president could heal. "Children of the Revolution" follows the ensuing generations who repeatedly tried and failed to come up with a stable regime after the trauma of 1789. The process encouraged fresh and often murderous oppositions between those who were for, and those who were against, the Revolution's values. Bearing the scars of their country's bloody struggle, and its legacy of deeply divided loyalties, the French lived the long nineteenth century in the shadow of the revolutionary age.

Despite the ghosts raised in this epic tale, Robert Gildea has written a richly engaging and provocative book. His is a strikingly unfamiliar France, a country with an often overwhelming gap between Paris and the provinces, a country torn apart by fratricidal hatreds and a tortured history of feminism, the site of political catastrophes and artistic triumphs, and a country that managed--despite a pervasive awareness of its own fall from grace--to fix itself squarely at the heart of modernity. Indeed, Gildea reveals how the collective recognition of the great costs of the Revolution galvanized the French to achieve consensus in a new republic and to integrate the tumultuous past into their sense of national identity. It was in this spirit that France's young men went to the front in World War I with a powerful sense of national confidence and purpose.

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