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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691156115

ISBN-13: 9780691156118

Pub. Date: 08/26/2012

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691156118
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/26/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.20(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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