Modernity and Nostalgia

Art and Politics in France Between the Wars
Author(s): 
Golan, Romy
ISBN: 
0300063504
Date published: 
January 1995
Paperback
Price: 
£35.00
Pages: 
240

For most of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth, France embodied the very essence of artistic modernism. However, in this original and perceptive study, Romy Golan argues that, after the First World War, traumatised by the experience of the trenches and then by the stranglehold of the Depression, France suffered a crisis of confidence so profound that it initiated a period of cultural, political and economic retrenchment that lasted into the Vichy years.