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Title:Conservative Modernism at the 1937 International Exposition in Paris
Author(s):Moentmann, Elise Marie
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Liebersohn, Harry
Department / Program:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Design and Decorative Arts
Abstract:In opposition to the prevailing tendency of historians to characterize French modernization as backward and interwar French society and culture as stagnant and even reactionary, I illustrate how the organizers' focus on human production and its representation in a conservative modernism was a valid response to both the economic and cultural realities of the time. Furthermore, such a response had real potential to bring economic prosperity, confirm a cultural self-definition for France, and restore confidence in the country's future. The study is quite timely, as France in the late 1990 s faces crucial decisions on such things as further European integration, the place of immigrants in French society, and the effects of globalization on French language and culture, all of which will help to determine how France negotiates its entry into the twenty-first century.
Issue Date:1998
Description:297 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9904544
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1998

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