France's New Deal: From the Thirties to the Postwar Era

France's New Deal: From the Thirties to the Postwar Era

by Philip Nord
     
 

France's New Deal is an in-depth and important look at the remaking of the French state after World War II, a time when the nation was endowed with brand-new institutions for managing its economy and culture. Yet, as Philip Nord reveals, the significant process of state rebuilding did not begin at the Liberation. Rather, it got started earlier, in the waning

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France's New Deal is an in-depth and important look at the remaking of the French state after World War II, a time when the nation was endowed with brand-new institutions for managing its economy and culture. Yet, as Philip Nord reveals, the significant process of state rebuilding did not begin at the Liberation. Rather, it got started earlier, in the waning years of the Third Republic and under the Vichy regime. Tracking the nation's evolution from the 1930s through the postwar years, Nord describes how a variety of political actors--socialists, Christian democrats, technocrats, and Gaullists--had a hand in the construction of modern France.

Nord examines the French development of economic planning and a cradle-to-grave social security system; and he explores the nationalization of radio, the creation of a national cinema, and the funding of regional theaters. Nord shows that many of the policymakers of the Liberation era had also served under the Vichy regime, and that a number of postwar institutions and policies were actually holdovers from the Vichy era--minus the authoritarianism and racism of those years. From this perspective, the French state after the war was neither entirely new nor purely social-democratic in inspiration. The state's complex political pedigree appealed to a range of constituencies and made possible the building of a wide base of support that remained in place for decades to come.

A nuanced perspective on the French state's postwar origins, France's New Deal chronicles how one modern nation came into being.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691142975
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/27/2010
Pages:
474
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

List of Abbreviations xi

INTRODUCTION. Postwar Stories 1

Part I. THE FRENCH MODEL 17

CHAPTER 1. The Crisis of the Thirties 25

CHAPTER 2. The War Years 88

CHAPTER 3. The Liberation Moment 145

Part II. A CULTURE OF QUALITY 215

CHAPTER 4. Art and Commerce in the Interwar Decades 221

CHAPTER 5. Culture in Wartime 254

CHAPTER 6. The Culture State 311

Conclusion 360

Notes 385

Index 435

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