France and the Dreyfus Affair: A Brief Documentary History / Edition 1

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The Dreyfus affair — the infamous account of Jewish army officer and French citizen, Alfred Dreyfus, unjustly convicted of treason in 1894 — was the most significant political and social crisis of fin-de-siècle Europe. In the first book designed to introduce students to the broad outlines and significant legacies of the affair, the author deftly interweaves text with documents, tracing the course of events. He highlights the many issues connected with the case, including anti-Semitism, militant nationalism, socialism, the birth of modern Zionism, and the separation of church and state. Sixty-six documents are embedded in the narrative, offering students a broad range of sources to examine, including newspaper editorials, letters, trial testimony, and diary entries. A list of the principal characters is included in the appendices.

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Introduces students to the most significant political and social crises of late 19th-century Europe--the unjust 1894 conviction of Jewish army officer and French citizen Alfred Dreyfus for treason. Interweaves explanatory and interpretive text with documents to highlight such issues as anti-Semitism, militant nationalism, socialism, the birth of modern Zionism, the separation of the church and state, and the emergence of intellectuals into the political arena. Includes a chronology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312111670
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Burns (Ph.D., Yale University) is professor of modern European history at Mount Holyoke College and has taught at Yale University and the École des Hautes Études. His publications on the Dreyfus affair include Rural Society and French Politics: Boulangism and the Dreyfus Affair (1984) and Dreyfus: A Family Affair, from the French Revolution to the Holocaust (1992), which was awarded the Prix Bernard Lecache of the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism. Burns serves as advisory editor for the Blackwell series New Perspectives on the Past.

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Table of Contents


1. The Epoch
Maurice Barrès, Election Campaign Speech, November 1, 1898
La Libre Parole, Jews in the Army, May 23, 1892
Camille Dreyfus and Charles Freycinet, Exchange in the Chamber of Deputies, June 25, 1892
Rabbi Zadoc Kahn, Funeral Oration, June 26, 1892
Military Personnel Record of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, 1882-1892

2. The Arrest
The Bordereau, 1894
Alfred Dreyfus, Arrest and Interrogation, October 15, 1894
Interrogation of Alfred Dreyfus, October 18-November 29, 1894
La Libre Parole, High Treason, November 1, 1894
Mathieu Dreyfus, Account of the Court-Martial Dossier, December, 1894
Alfred Dreyfus, Letter to Lucie Dreyfus, December 18, 1894

3. Trial and Exile
Alfred Dreyfus, Witnesses for the Prosecution, December 1894
The Verdict, December 22, 1894
Maurice Paléologue, My Secret Diary of the Dreyfus Case, December 23, 1894
The Times of London, December 24, 1894
Lucie Dreyfus, Letter to Alfred Dreyfus, January 2, 1895
Alfred Dreyfus, Letter to Lucie Dreyfus, January 2, 1895
Léon Daudet, The Punishment, January 6, 1895
Theodor Herzl, Account of the Dreyfus Degradation, January 6, 1895
Alfred Dreyfus, Devil's Island Diary, April 14, 1895

4. Treasons and Strategems
The Petit Bleu, 1896
Séverine (Caroline de Rémy), Memories of Esterhazy, January 1898
Havas Press Agency, Dreyfus Escapes!, September 3, 1896
Lucie Dreyfus, Petition to the Chamber of Deputies, September 18, 1896
The Henry Forgery, October 1896
Mathieu Dreyfus, The Clairvoyant and the President, February, 1895
Bernard Lazare, A Judicial Error, November 1896
Espérance, Letter to Esterhazy, October 1897
Mathieu Dreyfus, Letter in Le Figaro, November 16, 1897
Emile Zola, M. Scheurer-Kestner, November 25, 1897

5. J'Accuse
Ferdinand Walsin-Esterhazy, The Uhlan Letter, November 28, 1897
Ferdinand Walsin-Esterhazy, Letter to General de Pellieux, December 2, 1897
Emile Zola, J'Accuse!, January 13, 1898
Le Siècle, Call to Women, March 25-27, 1898
Gyp, Les Izolâtres, March 3, 1898
Jean Jaurès, The Socialist Concern, 1898
Charles Maurras, First Blood, September 6-7, 1898

6. High Courts
Maurice Paléologue, My Secret Diary of the Dreyfus Case, September 26, 1898
Georges Picquart, I Have Had My Say, September 21, 1898
The Henry Monument, December 1898-January 1899
Alfred Dreyfus, Letter to Lucie Dreyfus, June 1, 1899
Announcement of the Second Court-Martial, June 5, 1899
Lucie Dreyfus, Letter to Alfred Dreyfus, July 1, 1899
G. W. Steevens, The Tragedy of Dreyfus, August 7, 1899
Jean-Bernard, Impressions of a Spectator, September 9, 1899

7. The World's Affair
Lord Russell of Killowen, Report to Queen Victoria, September 16, 1899
Joseph Reinach, The Pardon, September 10-13, 1899
Emile Zola, The Fifth Act, September 12, 1899
Alfred Dreyfus, Declaration of Innocence, September 19, 1899
Minister of War Gaston de Galliffet, Proclamation to the Army, September 21, 1899

8. Encores and Legacies
Anatole France, Eulogy for Emile Zola, October 5, 1902
Charles Péguy, Reflections on Bernard Lazare, 1910
Alfred Dreyfus, Petition to the Minister of Justice, November 25, 1903
Ballot-Beaupré, Annulment of the Rennes Verdict, July 12, 1906
Alfred Dreyfus, Painful Reverie, July 20, 1906
Sarah Bernhardt, Letter to Alfred Dreyfus, June 6, 1908
Léon Blum, Memories of the Affair, 1935
Colonel Paul Gaujac, A Theory of Innocence, January 31, 1994
Jacques Chirac, President of the Republic, Letter on the Centenary of "J'Accuse", January 1998


Chronology of Events Related to the Dreyfus Affair (1859-1998)
List of Principal Characters
Selected Bibliography


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