From Liberalism to Fascism: The Right in a French Province, 1928-1939

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The Croix de Feu and its successor the Parti social fran,cais stood at the centre of the political conflict in the final years of the French Third Republic and were widely regarded as the counterpart of fascism in Germany and Italy. However, only recently has the view that fascism also has roots in France become a serious topic for debate. From Liberalism to Fascism is based largely on archival research and places French fascism in the wider context of the history of French conservatism. Received views of French social and economic structures are also overturned.
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"...a pioneering contribution. And a very good one....Passmore's detailed and exhaustive probings of local sources has yielded impressive results....It is a fine piece of craftsmanship which will make a major contribution to the topic." William D. Irvine, H-France

"A rich and complex study, essential to specialists." N. Greene, Choice

"There is much to admire in Passmore's book. ...this study is a major contribution to our understanding of French conversations in the 1930s. It is local with broad implications." Robert Soucy, American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521580182
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/1997
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

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List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 From France to the Rhone 20
3 Urban society in the Rhone 56
4 Rural society in the Rhone 90
5 The crisis of the right I: 1928-1932 116
6 The impact of the economic crisis 163
7 The crisis of the right II: 1932-June 1936 186
8 The Croix de Feu 208
9 The right and the Popular Front 246
10 Conclusion 298
App. 1 Equations for multiple regressions 311
App. 2 The conservative deputies of the Rhone, 1928-1940 314
Select bibliography 315
Index 327
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