France and the Americas

Culture, Politics, and History

by Bill Marshall


From the earliest settlements at Sable Island, Acadia, and Guiana at the dawn of the 17th century to the opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992, French and American culture, politics, and society have exerted ever stronger influences over one another. The transatlantic spread of French language and culture, and, in turn, the influence of American film and music within the francophone countries of the Old World, has done much to break down notions of France and America as divided countries.

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May 2005


Pages 1297
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Topics Geography and World Cultures/Countries and Regions
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A unique, multidisciplinary encyclopedia covering the impacts that French and American politics, foreign policy, and culture have had on shaping each country's identity.

From 17th-century fur traders in Canada to 21st-century peacekeepers in Haiti, from France's decisive role in the Revolutionary War leading to the creation of the United States to recent disagreements over Iraq, France and the Americas charts the history of the inextricable links between France and the nations of the Americas. This comprehensive survey features an incisive introduction and a chronology of key events, spanning 400 years of France's transatlantic relations.

Students of many disciplines, as well as the lay reader, will appreciate this comprehensive survey, which traces the common themes of both French policy, language, and influence throughout the Americas and the wide-ranging transatlantic influences on contemporary France.


  • Approximately 730 cross-referenced entries covering events and themes spanning 400 years of French influence in the Americas, from Canada to Guiana
  • Extensive bibliographies, over 80 illustrations, and essays from leading scholars from both sides of the Atlantic
  • Draws heavily on primary sources as well as the latest monographs and journal articles


  • The first encyclopedia devoted exclusively to France's relationship with the Americas
  • Explores France's influence throughout the whole of the Americas in all areas of human endeavor
  • Examines the profound influence of the nations of the Americas, both English-speaking and francophone, on contemporary France
  • Includes contributions from internationally recognized scholars from both sides of the Atlantic
Author Info

Bill Marshall, PhD, is professor and chair of modern French studies at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. His published works include Quebec National Cinema.



"In sum, this encyclopedia (and series) is recommended for small- to medium-sized academic libraries, public libraries, and high school libraries that support AP programs."Booklist

"This work is recommended for undergraduates."American Reference Books Annual

"Beautifully produced, compendious, three-volume encyclopedia that is worth however much you pay for it."International Journal of Foreign Studies

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