France since 1945

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The last fifty years of French history 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 loss of Empire, the political and social implications of the influx of foreign immigrants, the rise of Islam, the destruction of traditional rural life, and the ...
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The last fifty years of French history 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 loss of Empire, the political and social implications of the influx of foreign immigrants, the rise of Islam, the destruction of traditional rural life, and the threat of Anglo-American culture to French language.

Robert Gildea's account examines the French political system and France's role in the world from 1945 to 1955. 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, and its struggle to preserve its Empire. He looks at the Algerian war and its legacy, and the later development of a neo-colonialism to preserve its influence in Africa and the Pacific. He also examines the rise and fall of two Republics, the rise and fall of de Gaulle, and the revolution of 1968, along with topics such as the construction of the myth of the Resistance, the painful truths of French involvement in anti-Semitic persecution, and France's continuing obsession with its national identity.

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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: 9780192892270
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.67 (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
Abbreviations
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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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    difficult read

    France Since 1945 is an interesting, if disjointed, read. The author's style is more topical than chronological. This tends to have us following a path of names and timelines, and then we have to mentally re-group and start over with another path. It also reads (well, almost) like a boring college text. I was looking for something that I could absorb better. It's not a bad book, it's just not great.

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