Personally, I think that the way that nature shaped its terrain contributed a lot to the French character. Since, they had pretty much everything they needed at home unlike the British who did need to expand in order to gain the resources it needs to live. Also due the nations resource rich soil, and the varying terrain of each portion of land make every small “ethnic group” different from each other. The party designed to help protect the hunting rights of the peasants, which is a complement to the French due to the association it has with the land. They are also not afraid to share how the animal was slaughtered, and still call them by their animal name when they have been turned into food. The French people also keep whatever they inherited from their deceased family members, in order for them to stay connected to the land of their origin. So that they could visit the land as well, not only that but they pay exorbitant fees in order to preserve the land, which they don’t use most of the time. Which shows that they value where they come from, and that it links back to the fact that everything in France is built upon their history, which includes family genealogies. To the lands, and rights which their ancestors have fought and died for. Also until the French Revolution, the French people never shared the identity of a united French one. They only identified by their “ethnic group” which was the small town/ province/ territory they come from. Which shows how deep this runs, and how that is very prized by the French people who keep that identity alive alongside the French one that they all share now as well.
I like your wording in answering the prompt- how you wrote about the way that the land was shaped also shaped the French character. You also went into detail about how the French were mostly self-sufficient because of the availability of resources, whereas many other countries were not able to be because of a lack of resources. I think that is really interesting, as well as the idea that each region was able to become its own 'ethnic group' (as you called it). A huge part of finding somewhere to settle/live is being able to thrive in that location, and for the French, they were pretty lucky in finding/inhabiting land that was 'move-in ready', so to speak. I also think that the sense of 'home' that the French have with the regions that they are from is really interesting. That idea is somewhat new/foreign to me, just because I know a lot of people that do not feel anything near that regarding their own hometowns. For a lot of people, they cannot wait to get out because they get sick of being there for so long/ being confined in one spot.
I like your point, that people normally can't wait to get away from where they grew up. I feel like in France its different because of all the history within families and the land itself. In France, it is more of a tradition to "pass down" property than it is in the United States so people did not leave their hometown as much.
The French Geography has contributed to the national character in a variety of ways. For example some parts of France have very fertile soil and that allows farmers and agriculture's to make a living by growing crops and herding cattle. The high quality soil allows them to produce high quality crops such as wheat and the wheat makes delicious bread. Food is one of the things that the French people are most known for. If the soil was bad and grew low quality crops the legacy and association we have for French food would be destroyed. Another example is how almost all French people live in the suburbs or big cities but wide spread rural lands give people an opportunity to live in France but still be in an environment that they can feel native too and feel the pride of being a French citizens. France is a country of rich history and the land and borders they have now is because of the blood, sweat and tears of their ancestors and they must utilize it to honor the French citizens that did not live long enough to see France prospered and bloom into the great and powerful nation it is now.
In chapter 2, the authors begin to introduce the idea that the French are incredibly attached to their land, and that different micro-French-cultures exist across the expanse of France. Barlow and Benoît Nadeau go into detail on this, explaining how different regions of France are about as different geographically as they are regarding food and the sense of ownership/belonging among each region’s people. France, geographically, is so unique from one region to another that, overtime, the inhabitants have ‘evolved’ their own tastes and lifestyles. Because the land is so different, people from separate regions were not easily able to grow together. The differences in soils and soil qualities meant that different crops and livestock were grown in different places, and because of that, the French in each region developed their own tastes/diets. Geography, then, has contributed to the French national character by causing each region to remain somewhat separate and develop on their own. Barlow and Benoît Nadeau make this claim somewhat implicitly throughout the second chapter, but explain and support this clearly. I think this claim is well-founded, and the two are able to present all of their evidence cohesively. Regarding what I previously knew about France (both from class and just my own background knowledge), this chapter is different. I really had no idea that the geography was that different across all of France-- certainly not that food was that different either. So I definitely learned a lot from this chapter. I did know that the French think highly of their food, simply because I have heard the stereotype that the French make/consume really good food. This reading was informative for me, just because I am slowly starting to realize how little I actually know about France/the French. Throughout the rest of this book, I definitely want to learn more about the differences between each region of France. I was surprised to read about just how attached the French are to their land, an example of this being the concept of 'pays' that the authors discuss towards the middle of the chapter.
I like how much you put into the details of the chapter 2 of this book, and how you share how the new information you learned from the book along with you previous back ground information helped you to learn more about the French. Also did you know that they banned Ketchup on everything, except for French Fries. Other than that, I do like how you organized your response it is very well worded. It's also good that you are gaining an interest in the book, since that is what books strive for.
The French main geography area has to do the fact that the area is located in the Alps areas. Now the alps are located in the farther south of France area near the Switzerland-Itlay area. Now its odd that the alps are located in the south area which is very common for the alps to be located in the northern part of French. The population of France is considered to be the least dense population country in Europe. Most of the French people live in the northern part of France where it is very warm up there, some of the people live in the south where it's very cold. French is located near the Mediterranean sea and Atlantic ocean area. These bodies of water are being used for its fishing industry. The government of France has a big issue of trust in regard to the ways of how France should be operated. One group in France want republicanism, the other one group wants monarchists. However, the most important aspect of this country is that France is united by the nationalist government. France is very a popular destination to go with all the attractions that France is famous for. France is famous for those buildings such as the Effiel tower and the Notre Dame. There famous food such as the French bread.Some of the pioneers that built French such as the Joan of Arc and Napoleon Bonaparte. Finally, French is famous for these tend to be old school instead of being the new school. When that in mind, France has a rich historical culture that everyone should look for in the future.
In chapter two of "Sixty Million Frenchmen can't be Wrong" the authors show the impact of the land on French culture. The land sticks with the French no matter where they go. This is because before the French Revolution,, many french people did not qualify themselves as one true french nation, rather, they called themselves by the providence of which they reside. After the French Revolution, France was more united but the culture of one's family stays because they have already identified themselves with that area where they died to defend. They all had different variations of food and language therefore it is more ingrained and harder for someone to travel to other places so they stay where they are.