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Does France Still Count?

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France's political leaders have been deeply committed both to maintaining France's independence and to asserting its leadership role in Europe. The end of the Cold War, the demise of the Europe of Yalta, as well as the unification of Germany, have forced France to rethink its European and international strategies. The purpose of this study is to analyze France's effort to redefine its role in the post-Cold War era and in an integrated Europe, and what that redefined role might mean to France, to Europe, and to ...

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Overview

France's political leaders have been deeply committed both to maintaining France's independence and to asserting its leadership role in Europe. The end of the Cold War, the demise of the Europe of Yalta, as well as the unification of Germany, have forced France to rethink its European and international strategies. The purpose of this study is to analyze France's effort to redefine its role in the post-Cold War era and in an integrated Europe, and what that redefined role might mean to France, to Europe, and to the United States. In examining France's international role after the Cold War, Steven Philip Kramer seeks to answer the question, does France still count?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275950606
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/26/1994
  • Series: Washington Papers Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN PHILIP KRAMER is Professor of History at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University and is professorial lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
About the Author
Acknowledgments
Summary 1
1 A French Vision of Europe: Political and Economic Integration 6
The Franco-German Relationship 7
A French Plan for Europe? 10
2 Security 25
Foundations of French Security Policy 26
Implications of the Gulf War 36
The Debate on European Security Continues 37
Reflections on Maastricht 41
3 The French Plan for Europe Unravels 44
The Danish Deus ex Machina 45
Yugoslavia 47
The Monetary Crisis and France's New German Problem 54
France Resurgent? 60
4 Domestic Politics: The Quest for Identity 67
An Effective Institutional Base 68
The Content of French Politics 72
The French Malaise 74
Maastricht and French Politics 80
The Balladur Government 83
5 Franco-U.S. Relations 88
Cold War 89
After the Cold War 90
Bush Administration Policy 91
Two Visions of Security and a Triangular Debate 93
Establishing a New Partnership with France 96
Conclusion 99
Notes 103
Index 108
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