History is written over time, in the wake of research, by students doing their best to understand. Here, in one volume, historian Robert J. Young has assembled ten of his previously published essays on France in the 1920s and 1930s, in such a way as to offer an interpretive overview of the contentious Third Republic. An Uncertain Idea of France provides a perspective which emerges from analysis of materials as disparate as French military doctrine and strategic planning, elite and popular mentalites, social biography and cultural propaganda, combined with the author's personal reminiscences about where and how his own past has intersected with the past of interwar France.
The Author: Robert J. Young is Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. Educated at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of London, he has authored and edited several books, including the prize-winning biography Power and Pleasure: Louis Barthou and the Third French Republic, and his recent Marketing Marianne: French Propaganda in America, 1900-1940. In 1996 Dr. Young was named Canadian Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.