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The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War


Jonas, Raymond. The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War explores the boundary between sanctity and hysteria. Although 1914 brought national integration across Europe – regionalism was effaced, workers became patriots, cold civil wars were set aside in the name of national unity – there were emphatic exceptions. The story of Claire Ferchaud follows a modern Joan of Arc as she moves from a culture that sustains her visions of apocalyptic victory to one that condemns them as symptoms of pathology. The book also functions as a brief history of the Home Front in France during WWI. 

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