This book describes the history of France between the anti-parliamentary riots of 1934 and the death of de Gaulle in 1970. It is written as a series of interpretative essays rather than a straight chronological account. Special emphasis is laid on the broad social conflicts - between classes, sexes and generations - that underlay the complicated party politics of France. Attention is also given to the episodes - the rule of the Vichy government, the Algerian war, the 'thirty glorious years of economic growth', and the student riots of 1968 - that helped to transform the nation of Clochemerle into that of Concorde.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- Background: France in 1934.- Inaction Francaise Strange Defeat.- Vichy Resistance: London, France, Algeria Rebuilding.- Bourgeois France: 1944-1951.- The Fall of the Fourth Republic: 1951-1958.- Trente Glorieuses.- The Second Sex Generation Gaps Class Struggle Algeria.- The Foundations of the Fifth Republic.- The End of the Beginning: 1968-1969.- Conclusions.- Bibliography.- Chronology.- Index.
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This brief survey has much to offer, not only to students but also to more seasoned readers whose preconceptions require a salutary jolt.' - Maurice Larkin, French History