France since 1945 / Edition 2

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The last fifty years have seen immense challenges for the French: constructing a new European order, building a modern economy, searching for a stable political system. It has also been a time of anxiety and doubt. The French have had to come to terms with the legacy of the German Occupation, the political and social implications of the influx of foreign immigrants, the destruction of traditional rural life, and the threat of Anglo-American culture to French language and civilization. Robert Gildea's account examines French politics, society, and culture as well as France's role in the world from 1945 to 1995. He looks at France's attempt to recover national greatness after the Second World War; its attempt to deal with the fear of German resurgence by building the European Community; the Algerian war; and the later development of a neo-colonialism to preserve its influence in Africa and the Pacific. He traces the career of General de Gaulle, the revolution of 1968, and the trend towards both political consensus and political disillusionment. He also examines the rise and fall of the French intellectual, the changing cultural policy of the state, and the threat of feminism, regionalism, and multiculturalism to the ideal of the 'One and Indivisible Republic'.
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"a very thoughtful and stimulating analysis ... He is acute about the ways in which France today needs to change, to meet the challenges of its new role in the world."--John Ardagh

"It was a pleasure to read Robert Gildea's excellent new assessment of the French experience after 1945."--Andrew Shennan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192801319
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/2/2002
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Gildea is a Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Merton College, Oxford. He is the author of the acclaimed book, Borders and Barricades: Europe 1800-1914.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Introduction 1
1 Crisis of Empire 5
2 Crisis in the State 30
3 Echoes of the Occupation 56
4 Thirty Glorious, Twenty Inglorious Years 79
5 The One and Indivisible Republic? 110
6 Cultural Revolutions 147
7 The Republic of the Centre 169
8 France in Search of a World Role 201
Conclusion: The Challenges Facing France 227
Notes 233
Brief Chronology 239
Further Reading 246
Index 263
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