The Radiance of France Book

The Radiance of France


  • Author : Gabrielle Hecht
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2009-07-31
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262266178

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The Radiance of France Book Description :

How it happened that technological prowess and national glory (or “radiance,” which also means “radiation” in French) became synonymous in France as nowhere else. In the aftermath of World War II, as France sought a distinctive role for itself in the modern, postcolonial world, the nation and its leaders enthusiastically embraced large technological projects in general and nuclear power in particular. The Radiance of France asks how it happened that technological prowess and national glory (or “radiance,” which also means “radiation” in French) became synonymous in France as nowhere else. To answer this question, Gabrielle Hecht has forged an innovative combination of technology studies and cultural and political history in a book that, as Michel Callon writes in the new foreword to this edition, “not only sheds new light on the role of technology in the construction of national identities” but is also “a seminal contribution to the history of contemporary France.” Proposing the concept of technopolitical regime as a way to analyze the social, political, cultural, and technological dynamics among engineering elites, unionized workers, and rural communities, Hecht shows how the history of France's first generation of nuclear reactors is also a history of the multiple meanings of nationalism, from the postwar period (and France's desire for post-Vichy redemption) to 1969 and the adoption of a “Frenchified” American design. This paperback edition of Hecht's groundbreaking book includes both Callon's foreword and an afterword by the author in which she brings the story up to date, and reflects on such recent developments as the 2007 French presidential election, the promotion of nuclear power as the solution to climate change, and France's aggressive exporting of nuclear technology.

The Radiance Of France Book

The Radiance Of France


  • Author : Michel Callon
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:743201384

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The Radiance Of France Book Description :

How it happened that technological prowess and national glory (or "radiance," which also means "radiation" in French) became synonymous in France as nowhere else.

Being Nuclear Book

Being Nuclear


  • Author : Gabrielle Hecht
  • Publisher : Mit Press
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 451
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262526869

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Being Nuclear Book Description :

Discusses what guidelines define a nation as "nuclear," and examines the relationships between developing nations with large contents of raw uranium and nuclear power nations, who are often former colonizers.

France in the Age of Organization Book

France in the Age of Organization


  • Author : Jackie Clarke
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2011-06-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 0857450816

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France in the Age of Organization Book Description :

In interwar France, there was a growing sense that ‘organization’ was the solution to the nation’s perceived social, economic and political ills. This book examines the roots of this idea in the industrial rationalization movement and its manifestations in areas as diverse as domestic organization and economic planning. In doing so, it shows how experts in fields ranging from engineering to the biological sciences shaped visions of a rational socio-economic order from the 1920s to Vichy and beyond.

Notre Dame Book

Notre Dame


  • Author : Agnès Poirier
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-04-02
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786078001

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Notre Dame Book Description :

The profound emotion felt around the world upon seeing images of Notre-Dame in flames opens up a series of questions: Why was everyone so deeply moved? Why does Notre-Dame so clearly crystallise what our civilisation is about? What makes ‘Our Lady of Paris’ the soul of a nation and a symbol of human achievement? What is it that speaks so directly to us today? In answer, Agnès Poirier turns to the defining moments in Notre-Dame’s history. Beginning with the laying of the corner stone in 1163, she recounts the conversion of Henri IV to Catholicism, the coronation of Napoleon, Victor Hugo’s nineteenth-century campaign to preserve the cathedral, Baron Haussmann’s clearing of the streets in front of it, the Liberation in 1944, the 1950s film of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, starring Gina Lollobrigida and Anthony Quinn, and the state funeral of Charles de Gaulle, before returning to the present. The conflict over Notre-Dame’s reconstruction promises to be fierce. Nothing short of a cultural war is already brewing between the wise and the daring, the sincere and the opportunist, historians and militants, the devout and secularists. It is here that Poirier reveals the deep malaise – gilet jaunes and all – at the heart of the France.

The Radiance of the King Book

The Radiance of the King


  • Author : Laye Camara
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1971
  • Genre: Africa
  • Pages : 253
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015000248537

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The Radiance of the King Book Description :

At the beginning of this book, a masterpiece of African literature, Clarence, a white man, has been shipwrecked and stranded on the coast of Africa. Brimful of self-importance, he demands to see the king, but the king has just left for the south of his realm. Traveling through an increasingly phantasmagoric landscape in the company of a beggar and two roguish boys, Clarence is slowly stripped of his pretensions, until he is sold as a slave to the royal harem. But in the end Clarence's bewildering journey is the occasion of a revelation, as he discovers the image, both shameful and beautiful, of his own strange humanity in the alien figure of the king.

The French Revolution Book

The French Revolution


  • Author : Thomas Carlyle
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1881
  • Genre: France
  • Pages : 681
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015063540283

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India s Nuclear Proliferation Policy Book

India s Nuclear Proliferation Policy


  • Author : Gaurav Kampani
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-12-10
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 12
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000732870

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India s Nuclear Proliferation Policy Book Description :

This book examines India’s nuclear program, and it shows how secrecy inhibits learning in states and corrodes the capacity of decision-makers to generate optimal policy choices. Focusing on clandestine Indian nuclear proliferation during 1980–2010, the book argues that efficient decision-making is dependent on strongly established knowledge actors, high information turnover and the capacity of leaders to effectively monitor their agents. When secrecy concerns prevent states from institutionalizing these processes, leaders tend to rely more on heuristics and less on rational thought processes in choices involving matters of great political uncertainty and technical complexity. Conversely, decision-making improves as secrecy declines and policy choices become subject to higher levels of scrutiny and contestation. The arguments in this book draw on compelling evidence gathered from interviews conducted by the author, with interviewees including individuals who were involved in nuclear planning in India from 1980 to 2010, such as former cabinet and defence secretaries, the principal secretary to the prime minister, national security advisors, secretaries to the department of atomic energy, military chiefs of staff and their principal staff officers, and commanders of India’s strategic (nuclear) forces. This book will be of much interest to students of nuclear proliferation, Asian politics, strategic studies and International Relations.

The Woman of Mystery Book

The Woman of Mystery


  • Author : Maurice Leblanc
  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Release Date : 2019-12-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : EAN:4057664595560

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The Woman of Mystery Book Description :

"The Woman of Mystery" by Maurice Leblanc. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Light Green Society Book

The Light Green Society


  • Author : Michael Bess
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2003-11-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 369
  • ISBN 10 : 0226044181

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The Light Green Society Book Description :

The accelerating interpenetration of nature and culture is the hallmark of the new "light-green" social order that has emerged in postwar France, argues Michael Bess in this penetrating new history. On one hand, a preoccupation with natural qualities and equilibrium has increasingly infused France's economic and cultural life. On the other, human activities have laid an ever more potent and pervasive touch on the environment, whether through the intrusion of agriculture, industry, and urban growth, or through the much subtler and more well-intentioned efforts of ecological management. The Light-Green Society limns sharply these trends over the last fifty years. The rise of environmentalism in the 1960s stemmed from a fervent desire to "save" wild nature-nature conceived as a qualitatively distinct domain, wholly separate from human designs and endeavors. And yet, Bess shows, after forty years of environmentalist agitation, much of it remarkably successful in achieving its aims, the old conception of nature as a "separate sphere" has become largely untenable. In the light-green society, where ecology and technological modernity continually flow together, a new hybrid vision of intermingled nature-culture has increasingly taken its place.