France Since the Second World War: Seminar Studies in History / Edition 1

France Since the Second World War: Seminar Studies in History / Edition 1

by Tyler E. Stovall
     
 

Few nations better represent the changes experienced by humanity since the Second World War than France. In the years since 1945 France has had to rebuild political structures shattered by the war and German occupation, contend with dramatic economic growth and social change, carve out a place for itself in first a bi-polar then post Communist world, and

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Few nations better represent the changes experienced by humanity since the Second World War than France. In the years since 1945 France has had to rebuild political structures shattered by the war and German occupation, contend with dramatic economic growth and social change, carve out a place for itself in first a bi-polar then post Communist world, and adjust to the loss of formal Empire and create a new relationship with its former colonies.  France since the Second World War provides a succinct and accessible introduction to contemporary French history. The book proceeds from a consideration of France's recovery from the Second World War to an analysis of the socioeconomic changes wrought during the period known as the Trente Glorieuses (the thirty years of postwar prosperity). The book addresses:

  •  the evolution of French colonialism from Empire to Francophone Union
  •  changes in French cultural and intellectual life
  •  the challenge of the era of scarcity after 1973
  •  immigration, racial conflict and the rise of the extreme right
  •  France's new relations with Europe in the post-Soviet and Maastricht era
Containing a wide variety of documents, Chronology, Glossary and Who's Who guide to key characters, France Since the Second World War provides an indispensable introduction to the history of modern France.

Tyler Stovall is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

  

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582368828
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
Seminar Studies in History Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Seriesix
List of Abbreviationsx
Acknowledgementsxi
Chronologyxii
Part 1Background1
1.Introduction3
Part 2Analysis9
2.Liberation and Renewal11
France in 194512
Political Renewal15
France between the Superpowers19
From Tripartism to the Third Force22
3.The Trente Glorieuses27
Planning for Prosperity28
The Consumer Revolution of the 1960s31
The Changing Face of French Society35
America and the Threat of 'Coca-Colonization'41
4.From Decolonisation to Neo-Colonialism46
France and its Empire in 194547
The War in Indochina50
Algeria and the Collapse of the Fourth Republic53
From Empire to Francophone Community58
5.French Culture and the Intelligentsia63
From Existentialism to Structuralism64
French Universities and the Crisis of May 196870
From Engagement to Neo-Conservatism75
6.France in the Mitterrand Era80
From Economic Boom to Economic Stagnation81
The Mitterrand Administration85
History, Memory and the Holocaust89
Immigration, Racial Conflict and the Rise of the Extreme Right92
France and Europe in the post-Communist era96
Part 3Assessment101
7.Into the New Millennium103
Part 4Documents107
Glossary139
Who's Who142
References145
Guide to Further Reading146
Index149

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