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Domestic Service, Migration, and Ethnic Stereotyping

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Bécassine and the Bretons in Paris

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Historians’ attention to timing and the contingencies of history inform this study of the evolution of domestic servants. It explores the case of Breton domestics in Paris from 1880 to after the Second World War, focusing on the change in status and stereotype represented by a popular cartoon character as the belle époque gave way to the interwar period, the migrant group of Bretons in Paris changed, state policy on regional cultures evolved, and the country experienced the two great wars of the twentieth century.

Affiliations: 1: Department of History, Michigan State University, East Lansing Michigan 48824,


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