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That Sweet Enemy: Britain and France: The History of a Love-Hate Relationship

That Sweet Enemy: Britain and France: The History of a Love-Hate Relationship

That Sweet Enemy brings both British wit (Robert Tombs is a British historian) and French panache (Isabelle Tombs is a French historian) to bear on three centuries of the history of Britain and France. From Waterloo to Chirac’s slandering of British cooking, the authors chart this cross-channel entanglement and the unparalleled breadth of cultural, economic, and political influence it has wrought on both sides, illuminating the complex and sometimes contradictory aspects of this relationship—rivalry, enmity, and misapprehension mixed with envy, admiration, and genuine affection—and the myriad ways it has shaped the modern world.

Written with wit and elegance, and illustrated with delightful images and cartoons from both sides of the Channel, That Sweet Enemy is a unique and immensely enjoyable history, destined to become a classic.

Introduction

PART I: STRUGGLE

Chapter 1. Britain Joins Europe

Chapter 2. Thinking, Pleasing, Seeing

Chapter 3. The Sceptre of the World

Chapter 4. The Revenger’s Tragedy

Chapter 5. Ideas and Bayonets

Chapter 6. Changing the Face of the World

Conclusions and Disagreements

Interlude: The View from St Helena

PART II: COEXISTENCE

Chapter 7. Plucking the Fruits of Peace

Chapter 8. The War That Never Was

Chapter 9. Decadence and Regeneration

Conclusions and Disagreements

Interlude: Perceptions

PART III: SURVIVAL

Chapter 10. The War to End Wars

Chapter 11. Losing the Peace

Chapter 12. Finest Hours, Darkest Years

Conclusions and Disagreements

Interlude: The French and Shakespeare: The Other French Revolution

PART IV: REVIVAL

Chapter 13. Losing Empires, Seeking Roles

Chapter 14. Ever Closer Disunion

Conclusions and Disagreements

PICKING UP THE THREADS

Notes

Bibliography of works cited