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We'll always have Paris [[electronic resource] ] : American tourists in France since 1930 / / Harvey Levenstein



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Autore: Levenstein Harvey A. <1938-> Visualizza persona
Titolo: We'll always have Paris [[electronic resource] ] : American tourists in France since 1930 / / Harvey Levenstein Visualizza cluster
Pubblicazione: Chicago, : University of Chicago Press, c2004
Descrizione fisica: 1 online resource (397 p.)
Disciplina: 914.404/81/08913
Soggetto topico: Americans - France - History - 20th century
Tourism - France - History - 20th century
National characteristics, French
National characteristics, American
Soggetto geografico: France Foreign public opinion, American
United States Foreign public opinion, French
France Social life and customs 20th century
Soggetto genere / forma: Electronic books.
Note generali: Description based upon print version of record.
Nota di bibliografia: Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-361) and index.
Nota di contenuto: Front matter -- Contents -- Preface -- 1. Great Depression Follies -- 2. War and Revival -- 3. Loving and Hating -- Abbreviations for Frequently Cited Sources -- Notes -- Index
Sommario/riassunto: For much of the twentieth century, Americans had a love/hate relationship with France. While many admired its beauty, culture, refinement, and famed joie de vivre, others thought of it as a dilapidated country populated by foul-smelling, mean-spirited anti-Americans driven by a keen desire to part tourists from their money. We'll Always Have Paris explores how both images came to flourish in the United States, often in the minds of the same people. Harvey Levenstein takes us back to the 1930's, when, despite the Great Depression, France continued to be the stomping ground of the social elite of the eastern seaboard. After World War II, wealthy and famous Americans returned to the country in droves, helping to revive its old image as a wellspring of sophisticated and sybaritic pleasures. At the same time, though, thanks in large part to Communist and Gaullist campaigns against U.S. power, a growing sensitivity to French anti-Americanism began to color tourists' experiences there, strengthening the negative images of the French that were already embedded in American culture. But as the century drew on, the traditional positive images were revived, as many Americans again developed an appreciation for France's cuisine, art, and urban and rustic charms. Levenstein, in his colorful, anecdotal style, digs into personal correspondence, journalism, and popular culture to shape a story of one nation's relationship to another, giving vivid play to Americans' changing response to such things as France's reputation for sexual freedom, haute cuisine, high fashion, and racial tolerance. He puts this tumultuous coupling of France and the United States in historical perspective, arguing that while some in Congress say we may no longer have french fries, others, like Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, know they will always have Paris, and France, to enjoy and remember.
Titolo autorizzato: We'll always have Paris  Visualizza cluster
ISBN: 1-282-58483-9
9786612584831
0-226-47380-5
Formato: Materiale a stampa
Livello bibliografico Monografia
Lingua di pubblicazione: Inglese
Record Nr.: 9910542617303321
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