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From 496 CE, Clovis I, the first French king to be baptized a Christian, to the Revolution of 1789, to the present, Claire Berlinski takes us on a wild ride through French history and the French psyche to understand the motivations of the French nation. Her often psychoanalytically inspired insights are of interest. It is the whole creative work, however, that brings alive important questions, putting them front and center for us to ponder that gives great value to her effort.
Claire is one tough customer. She won’t accept easy excuses or easy answers. She lays bare the horrors of the French Revolution and recognizes the limitations of the policy of Laicité.