When Champagne Became French: Wine and the Making of a by Kolleen M. Guy

By Kolleen M. Guy

Winner of the phenomenal Manuscript Award from Phi Alpha Theta, this paintings explains how nationhood emerges via viewing nations as cultural artifacts, a made of "invented traditions." in terms of France, students sharply disagree, not just over the character of French nationwide identification but in addition over the level to which assorted and infrequently adverse provincial groups grew to become built-in into the country. In while Champagne turned French: Wine and the Making of a countrywide identification, Kolleen M. man deals a brand new standpoint in this debate by means of one of many principal parts in French nationwide tradition -- luxurious wine -- and the agricultural groups that profited from its production.

Focusing at the improvement of the champagne among 1820 and 1920, man explores the position of personal pursuits within the production of nationwide tradition and within the nation-building approach. Drawing on options from social and cultural background, she exhibits how champagne helped gasoline the revolution in intake as social teams looked for new how one can enhance team spirit and to set up prestige. via the tip of the 19th century, man concludes, the champagne-producing provinces within the division of Marne had built a rhetoric of French identification that promoted its personal advertising and marketing luck as nationwide. This skill to masks neighborhood pursuits as nationwide issues confident executive officers of the necessity, at either nationwide and foreign degrees, to guard champagne as a French patrimony.

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