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That Sweet Enemy: The French and the British from the Sun King to the Present

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"A brilliantly original account-narrated from both sides-of the love-hate relationship between Britain and France that began in the time of Louis XIV and shows no sigh of abating. That Sweet Enemy brings both British wit (Robert Tombs is a British historian) and Gallic panache (Isabelle Tombs is a French historian) to bear on three centuries of the history of Britain and France. The authors take us from Waterloo to Chiracʼs slandering of British cooking, charting the cross-channel entanglement and its unparalleled breadth of cultural, economic and political influence. They illuminate the complexity of the relationship - rivalry, enmity, misapprehension and loathing mixed with envy, admiration and genuine affection - and the ways in which it has shaped the modern world, from North America to the Middle East to Southeast Asia, and is still shaping Europe today. They make clear that warfare between the two countries often went hand in hand with hardy, if hidden, strains of anglophilia and francophilia; conversely, though France and Britain were allies for much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it has been an alliance almost as uneasy, as competitive and as ambivalent as the previous generations of warfare. From the book jacket."--From source other than the Library of Congress

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Spanning three centuries of history and narrated from both perspectives, a witty study of the love-hate relationship between Britain and France ranges from the reign of King Louis XIV to the present day and captures the complex cultural, economic, social, and political influences that have shaped the relationship. 20,000 first printing.

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Robert Tombs was born in England, studied at Cambridge and conducted doctoral research on modern French history in France, where he was connected to the Universit

About the Author

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her 17th novel. Her 11th, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. A member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Maps

List of Figures

Acknowledgements

Introduction

PART I: STRUGGLE

Chapter 1: Britain Joins Europe

The Sun King

William of Orange

Exiles: Huguenots and Jacobites

Britain at the Heart of Europe, 1688–1748

Malbrouck s’en va-t-en guerre

Fontenoy, May 11, 1745

France and the Young Chevalier, 1744–46

Symbols

The End of the Beginning

On His Most Christian Majesty’s Service

Money: Waging War with Gold

Britain: “Breaking windows with guineas”

Blowing Bubbles

France: The Insolvent Landlord

Chapter 2: Thinking, Pleasing, Seeing

Portraying the Other: Rapin and Hamilton

Voyages of Intellectual Discovery

Travellers’ Tales

Le Blanc’s England

Mrs. Thrale and Madame Du Bocage

Fashionable Feelings: The Age of Pamela and Julie

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

The Other Pamela

Love, Hate and Ambivalence

Drawing a Lesson

Garrick’s French Dancers

The French and Shakespeare: The Age of Voltaire

Chapter 3: The Sceptre of the World

Sugar and Slaves

The Wealth of the Indies

“A few acres of snow”

The Seven Years War, 1756–63

Perfidious Albion

Encouraging the Others

Pitt and Choiseul

Years of Victory, 1757–63

Dead Heroes

Taking Possession of the Globe

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307265531
Subtitle:
The French and the British from the Sun King to the Present
Publisher:
Knopf
Credits:
Hawes, Keeley
Author:
Tyler, Anne
Author:
Tombs, Isabelle
Author:
Robert Tombs
Author:
Isabelle Tombs
Author:
Tombs, Robert
Subject:
Fiction-Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
General
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Great Britain Civilization.
Subject:
France Relations Great Britain.
Subject:
Europe - Western
Subject:
Western Civilization-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2006
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
Voting with Your Tongue </i><br>Size Matters <br>—<i>The Non-Identical Twins </i><br>Europe’s Warrior Nations <br>—<i>Bangs and Bucks </i><br>—<i>Desperate to Be Friends: Celebrating the </i>Entente Cordiale<i>,1904–2004 </i><br>2005: DéjÃ
Pages:
782

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"Synopsis" by , Spanning three centuries of history and narrated from both perspectives, a witty study of the love-hate relationship between Britain and France ranges from the reign of King Louis XIV to the present day and captures the complex cultural, economic, social, and political influences that have shaped the relationship. 20,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Robert Tombs was born in England, studied at Cambridge and conducted doctoral research on modern French history in France, where he was connected to the Universit
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