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That Sweet Enemy: The French And the British from the Sun King to the Present
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date January 9, 2007
Pages 782
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781400040247
ISBN-10 1400040248
Dimensions 2 by 7 by 9.75 in.
Weight 2.75 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $40.00
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Summaries and Reviews
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. description: Product Description: 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 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 Chirac’s 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.

Wonderfully written—acute, witty, consistently surprising—That Sweet Enemy is a triumph: an eye-opener for the experts, and a feast for the general reader.

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