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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 accountnarrated from both sidesof the love-hate relationship between Britain and France that began in the time of Louis XIV and shows no sign 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 Chiracs 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 relationshiprivalry, enmity, misapprehension and loathing mixed with envy, admiration and genuine affectionand 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.

Wonderfully writtenacute, witty, consistently surprisingThat Sweet Enemy is a triumph: an eye-opener for the experts, and a feast for the general reader.

Review:

"Napoleon once likened the English Channel to a mere 'ditch that will be crossed when someone has the boldness to try it.' In 1994, it was permanently breached by the Channel Tunnel — a monument to Anglo-French collaboration that brought London and Paris into day-trip proximity by train. But passengers might have detected hints en route of the ongoing Anglo-French rivalry. While the sleek, French-designed... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

About the Author

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 Université de Paris IV (Sorbonne). Isabelle Tombs was born in France, studied at the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and received a Ph.D in modern British history at Trinity College, Cambridge. Presently, Isabelle teaches French to British diplomats at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London. Robert teaches history at Cambridge University, where he is a Fellow of St John's College. They share dual nationality and live in Cambridge, England.

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 sen 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 Majestys 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 Blancs 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

Garricks 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:
9781400040247
Subtitle:
The French and the British from the Sun King to the Present
Author:
Tombs, Robert
Author:
Tombs, Isabelle
Author:
Robert and Isabelle Tombs
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Great Britain Civilization.
Subject:
France Relations Great Britain.
Subject:
Europe - Western
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070116
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
Voting with Your Tongue </i><br>Size Matters <br>&#8212;<i>The Non-Identical Twins </i><br>Europe&#8217;s Warrior Nations <br>&#8212;<i>Bangs and Bucks </i><br>&#8212;<i>Desperate to Be Friends: Celebrating the </i>Entente Cordiale<i>,1904&#8211;2004
Illustrations:
92PHOTOS AND 9 MAPS IN TEXT
Pages:
816
Dimensions:
9.46x6.60x2.03 in. 2.74 lbs.

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