The Embrace of Unreason: France, 1914-1940

Author(s): Frederick Brown


Spanning the turbulent decades between the World Wars, "The Embrace of Unreason" casts new light on the darkest years in modern French history. It is a fascinating reconsideration of the political, social, and religious movements that led to France s move away from the humanistic traditions and rationalistic ideals of the Enlightenment and towards submission to authority and the dramatic rise of Fascism and anti-Semitism. Drawing on newspaper articles, journals, and literary works of the time, acclaimed biographer and cultural historian Frederick Brown explores the forces unleashed by the Dreyfus Affair and how clashing ideologies and new artistic movements led France to an era of violence and nationalistic fervor."


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Frederick Brown is the author of several award-winning books, including "For the Soul of France; Flaubert, " a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; and "Zola, " one of "The New York Times" best books of the year. Brown has twice been the recipient of both Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. He lives in New York City.

General Fields

  • : 9780307742360
  • : Anchor Books
  • : Anchor Books
  • : January 2015
  • : 203mm X 133mm X 19mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Frederick Brown
  • : Paperback
  • : 944.0814
  • : Illustrations, unspecified