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The period 1870 - 1914 in France saw the consolidation of republican government and the recovery of national self-confidence. Though political crises such as the Dreyfus Affair threatened to tear it apart, the Republic established firm parliamentary rule, built up an Empire and an army which was to see it through the Great War. The new edition of this key text - first published as The Third Republic From 1870 to 1914 - offers a clear introduction to the period and incorporates the latest research.
Part One: The Background. 1. Which Republic? Part Two Analysis. 2. The Republic of the Notables. 3. Left and Right. 4. Social Structure. 5. Socialism. 6. The Consolidation of the Elite. 7. The Dreyfus Affair. 8. Radicalism.
9. Nationalism. Part Three: Conclusion. 10. The Third Republic Assessed. Part Four Documents.