French Intellectuals And Politics From The Dreyfus Affair To The Occupation

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Overview

This volume traces the political positions adopted by French writers and artists from the end of the nineteenth century to the Liberation. Drawing on a wide range of primary and secondary sources, it offers a clear and accessible analysis of the intellectuals' engagement with nationalism, pacifism, communism, anti-communism, surrealism, fascism and anti-fascism, which is located within the evolving national and international context of the period.

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David Drake

David Drake is Principal Lecturer in French at Middlesex University. He is President of the UK Society for Sartrean Studies and is a member of the editorial board of Modern and Contemporary France.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations
• Introduction
• PART 1 THE DREYFUS AFFAIR AND THE BIRTH OF THE 'INTELLECTUALS'
Fin-de-siècle France
• The Case of Alfred Dreyfus (1894-98)
• The Birth of the 'Intellectuals'
• Dreyfusard and Anti-dreyfusard Intellectuals
• The Ligues and Action Française
• The Dreyfus Affair: From Zola's Trail to the Bloc Républicain
• PART 2: FROM 'REPUBLICAN DEFENCE' TO DEFENCE OF THE PATRIE
• Waldeck-Rosseau and the Defence of the Republic: Emile Combes and the Republic on the Offensive
• Georges Sorel, Socialism, the Dreyfus Affair and the 'Dreyfusard Revolution'
• Charles Péguy, the Socialists, the Dreyfus Affair and the 'Dreyfusard Revolution'
• Socialism, Nationalism, Internationalism and a New Threat of War?
• The Rise of Action Francaise
• Péguy's Nationalism
• Péguy, Daniel Halévy and Sorel's Views of the Dreyfus Affair
• Intellectuals and the Defence of the Homeland (Défence de la Patrie)
• The Union Sacrée (Sacred Union)
• Romain Rolland: Au-dessus de la Mêlée (Above the Melee)
• PART 3: THE 1920s: FRENCH INTELLECTUALS AND PACIFISM, COMMUNISM, SURREALISM AND NATIONALISM
• France: Victorious But at What Price?
• Pacifism and Revolution
• From Dada to Surrealism
• Nationalism
• Julien Benda and La Trahison des Clercs (The Betrayal of the Clerisy)
• PART 4: FACISM, ANTI-FACISM, COMMUNISM, ANTI-COMMUNISM AND PACIFISM
• The Stacisky Scandal and the Night of 6 February 1934
• French Intellectuals and the USSR 1930-34
• French Communism and the Intellectuals 1930-34
• The Years 1934-36: French Facism
• The Years 1934-36: French Anti-facism
• From Popular Front to the Munich Agreement
• September 1938: The Munich Agreement
• August 1939: The Nazi-Soviet Pact
• PART 5: THE OCCUPATION 1940-44: COLLABORATIONISM, COLLABORATION AND RESISTANCE
• September 1939-June 1940: From the Phoney War to Defeat
• Intellectuals and the Defeat of 1940
• Intellectuals and Collaboration 1940-42
• Intellectuals and the Resistance 1940-42
• Intellectuals and Collaboration 1942-44
• Intellectuals and the Resistance 1942-44
• Notes
• Select Bibliography
• Index

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