HISTORY OF A NATION
Director(s): Yann COQUART – Writer(s): Françoise DAVISSE, Carl ADERHOLD Contact Print page
The history of a nation we're going to tell is that of modern France. France after the disastrous Battle of Sedan during the Franco-Prussian War and the ensuing civil war in Paris in 1871.
To build a strong nation and industrialize the country, the third republic needed internal and external immigration and thus proceeded to lay the foundations for a project of integration and assimilation. It also defined, for the first time, the right to be French.
Since then, millions of immigrants had to blend into the French melting-pot…which has evolved and changed over time.
Today a quarter of the French population trace their roots back to places outside the national territory. They are the children, grandchildren, great grandchildren of the women and men for whom becoming French has been a defining moment in their personal history.
Their family tales are like a great human adventure novel of the history of France set to the backdrop of the world at large…with all its ups and downs.
Eps 1: 1870-1918, Birth of a Nation
Eps 2: 1920-1945, France, Land of emigration
Eps 3: 1945-1973, Trente glorieuses – The Glorious Thirty
Eps 4: 1973-2005, The Young generation