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Defending National TreasuresFrench Art and Heritage Under Vichy$
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Elizabeth Karlsgodt

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770187

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770187.001.0001

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Defending French Style and Beauty

Defending French Style and Beauty

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Defending National Treasures
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This chapter discusses the debate over French cultural origins and art experts' call for state intervention to “defend French beauty” and protect the nation's artistic and natural patrimony during the Occupation. A group of outspoken writers, artists, and administrators hoped that government programs would prevent new construction from marring views of historic sites, monuments, and landscapes. The long-term benefit of protective policy was twofold: it would encourage economic growth by boosting the tourism industry and foster a sense of collective heritage among the French people.

Keywords:   French cultural tradition, Vichy regime, cultural origins, France, cultural policy

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