This is the first general study based on primary research of the reconstruction of conservative parties, business associates, civil service departments and other institutions defending bourgeois interests in the period between 1945 and 1951. French conservatism is presented as a more subtle, dynamic force than has been previously appreciated. It is suggested that the experiences of Vichy, the occupation and the purges inspired new kinds of political synthesis, making conservatives more dynamic and receptive to change than their "progressive" opponents.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)|
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Historiographic overview; 3. International comparisons; 4. Notables; 5. Bourgeois parties and the female electorate; 6. Organized business and politics; 7. Administration; 8. Opposition nationale; 9. The Parti Republicain de la Liberté; 10. Machine á ramasser les Pétainistes?; 11. The Rassemblement des Gauches Républicaines; 12. The Rassemblement du Peuple Français; 13. Independents and Peasants; 14. The Groupement de Défense des Contribuables; 15. Conclusion.