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Colonial Food in Interwar Paris : The Taste of Empire (Hardcover) (Lauren Janes)

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In the wake of the First World War, in which France suffered severe food shortages, colonial produce became an increasingly important element of the French diet. The colonial lobby seized upon these foodstuffs as powerful symbols of the importance of the colonial project to the life of the French nation. But how was colonial food really received by the French public? And what does this tell us about the place of empire in French society?

In Colonial Food in Interwar Paris Lauren Janes disputes the claim that empire was central to French history and identity, arguing that the distrust of colonial food reflects a wider disinterest in the empire. From Indochinese rice to North African grains, tropical fruit to curry powder, this book offers an intriguing and original challenge to current orthodoxy about the centrality of empire to modern France by examining the place of colonial foods in the nation's capital.

Number of Pages: 220
Genre: History, Social Science
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Author: Lauren Janes
Language: English
Street Date: February 25, 2016
TCIN: 50861516
UPC: 9781472592828
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-3096
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