Introduction
From tradition to terrorism
in Terror and terroir
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This introduction provides an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book examines the politics of wine in the Languedoc region since 1944 to unpick the contentious issues of regionalism, protest and violence. It focuses on the winegrowing departments of the Aude, Hérault and Gard as the heart of an area that produced the lion's share of French wine. The book argues that the winegrowers of the Languedoc can be situated within this period by understanding their relationship to the social pressures which motivated 1968 activism and the after-images of the May-June events. The book argues that the Comité Régional d'Action Viticole (CRAV) became emblematic of a region struggling to react to the modernisation of the French economy. The CRAV's historical point of reference was the great eruption of 1907, the 'Révolte du Midi'.

Terror and terroir

The winegrowers of the Languedoc and modern France

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