Jusqu'au-boutisme is the French's culture of "till the bitter end", that has existed in France since it was created. It is their tenacity of not wanting to relinquish their powers, even if it means to lose everything that they currently have. It is the reason that absolutism took route in France, while Capitalism has left a sour taste in their mouth. It is the reason why France has been through so many wars, both civil and not. That their culture is deeply routed with warfare. The way the French resisted the Germans in WWII, to how the third estate rebelled against the nobles. That even back when they still were cave people, they built their homes in caves, that would offer them a defense from attack from their neighbors. To each town, enshrined in a castle with a moat, to halt invasions. It's the culture in their blood to resist, even in the face of defeat. That, is essentially what Jusqu'au-boutisme means.
I noticed that you talked a lot about the history of France and how it relates to France's culture of "till the bitter end". A lot of what makes up French culture today certainly has roots in its history, and the idea of jusqu'au-boutisme stems from early France. I think it is really interesting that a mindset from so long ago is still so prevalent. Overtime, people change, and places change, but I think it is so cool that a mindset of both individuals and the whole country remains after hundreds of years.
Chapter six introduces and explains the concept of jusqu’au-boutisme, or ‘until-the-bitter-end-ism’ as the authors describe it. This concept affects a lot of the French, from aspects of the country’s history through the way the media presents political decisions. Jusqu’au-boutisme, “until-the-bitter-end-ism”, is the idea that in French culture, there are no compromises or middle ground (Barlow and Benoît 76). This is more than just being stubborn, or always wanting to be right. In any situation, you either win and get your way, or lose and do not get your way. The French are power-hungry in this sense- that they will fight for what they want, even if it means “losing everything” in the process (Barlow and Benoît 76). Jusqu’au-boutisme has had an impact on French history, bringing aggression to France’s timeline. From fighting for who will rule the country, to managing to divide themselves from each other on nearly anything, to general disputes about power and whether or not it should be shared: jusqu’au-boutisme has shaped the way France grew and advanced. This reading was informative for me, I really do not have much knowledge on France, and especially the history of France. I think this concept is unique to France, at least to the degree that the French pursue it, but I think many individuals have a smaller version of it within them. I know that I certainly have met people that always have to have their way, or those that see everything as a major win-lose situation. I think the degree to which the French exemplify jusqu’au-boutisme is extreme, but I think that is a major part of their culture, and just goes to show the amount of passion one can truly have.
Jusqu au-boutisme translate in the English word of until-the bitter-enid-sm. When thinking of the bitter end, we think of people are going to a bitter end of their lives. For the Frecn however, it describes the people as hardliners who are willing to fight to the end, no matter what the cost and willing to lose everything until they succeed. Most of the time, we use the phrase the bitter end in wars like World war II. For the French, they are little of jusqu’au-boutiste. For the past eight hundred years, they are trying to find a cure to the problem by doing experiments. Yet for hundreds of years, the French have to deal with wars such as the hundred years war, with the English and the German under the direction of Napolean Bonaparte. When you think about France, you think the hundreds of year of history behind the war of violence. France is surrounded by castles and buildings. Most of the building where left behind because of war, to show it rich history what shape France, who they out to be today. That shows me, that France is stuck in the past, because of their violent history. Throughout the history of France, they divide themselves into a different section of groups and territories throughout history. Just think of the history of dividing, like Joan of Arc when she helps France get independence from Britain and the war of religion between the Protestants and the Catholics. That why France has its history of violence. War is the main reason behind France stuck in the past.
What is jusqu’au-boutisme?- Jusqu'au-boutisme is a French term that means until the bitter end and this means that France never quits. They keep going and pushing for their end goals until they can not physically do so anymore. While reading this chapter it really got me thinking about how Napoleon showed this trait a lot. He restored peace and stability to France but he wanted more land and more power so he kept pushing and fighting until he physically could not do so anymore. The French are willing to lose everything if there is a chance at getting more power and glory. Jusqu’au-boutisme is really just the more enhanced way of saying "you got to risk it for the biscuit"
Jusqu’au-boutisme, a mentality of the French, known as ‘until-the-bitter-end-ism' as noted by the title of the chapter. This mentality or mindset has given the French an aversion to compromise, which influences everything from politics to social groups. "In France someone always winds and someone always loses.", this is an interesting notion because we have been brought up to say that everyone is a winner, but in actuality, there does need to be a loser in order for there to be a winner. And with Jusqu’au-boutisme, the French always vie for 1st place.