France and the Great War / Edition 1

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This book tells the story of how the French community embarked upon, sustained and prevailed in the Great War. The scholarly survey on France's role in the war blends diplomatic, military, social, cultural and economic history.
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"Written with verve and punctuated by a dry wit, [the book] is especially successful when it discusses the politics, diplomacy, and military dimensions of prewar and wartime France." H-FRANCE

"An outstanding overview and introduction to the seminal event of modern French history - warmly recommended." Renaissance Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521666312
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Series: New Approaches to European History Series , #26
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard V. Smith is Associate Professor of Modern European History at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, USA.

Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau is Professor of Modern History at the Université de Picardie-Jules Verne, Amiens, France.

Annette Becker is Professor of Modern History at the Université de Paris X-Nanterre, Nanterre, France.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of maps
1 The national community goes to war 1
Diplomacy: France as a Great Power, 1871-1914 9
The army and the Republic 11
August 1914 and the Union sacree 16
Defeat, "victory," and stalemate: the battles of August-September 1914 25
2 Mobilizing the nation and the civilians' war 42
Occupation: living with the enemy 43
Propaganda and cultural mobilization 53
Economic and social mobilization 60
Waiting, death, and mourning in wartime 68
3 The front and the soldiers' war 76
Strategy: from Percee, to Grignotage, to Tenir 77
The face of battle 84
Consent and the national community 96
4 The crises of 1917 113
The Chemin des Dames offensive and the mutinies 117
Labor and the troubles of 1917 in the interior 131
The rise of Clemenceau and the brutalization of French poltics 138
5 The ambiguous victory and its aftermath 146
From the Kaiserschlacht to the clearing at Rethondes 147
Commemoration: memory and the struggle for meaning 159
The Monuments aux Morts 165
The bodies of the dead 169
The Treaty of Versailles 175
Conclusion 182
Bibliography 191
Index 198
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