France Since 1945

Paperback | March 1, 2002

byRobert Gildea

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The last fifty years of French history have seen immense challenges for the French: constructing a new European order, building a modern economy, searching for a stable political system. It has also been a time of anxiety and doubt. The French have had to come to terms with the legacy of theGerman Occupation, the loss of Empire, the political and social implications of the influx of foreign immigrants, the rise of Islam, the destruction of rural life, and the threat of Anglo-American culture to French language and civilization.Robert Gildea's account examines the French political system and France's role in the world from 1945 to 2000. He looks at France's attempt to recover national greatness after the Second World War, its attempt to deal with the fear of German resurgence by building the European Community, and itsstruggle to preserve its Empire. He also discusses the Algerian War and its legacy, and the later development of a neo-colonialism to preserve its influence in Africa and the Pacific. Gildea also examines the rise and fall of the two Republics, the rise of and fall of De Gaulle, and the revolutionof 1968, along with topics such as the construction of the myth of the Resistance, the painful truths of French involvement in anti-Semitic persecution, and France's continuing obsession with national identity.

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The last fifty years of French history have seen immense challenges for the French: constructing a new European order, building a modern economy, searching for a stable political system. It has also been a time of anxiety and doubt. The French have had to come to terms with the legacy of theGerman Occupation, the loss of Empire, the po...

Robert Gildea is a Fellow and tutor in Modern History at Merton College, Oxford. He is the author of the acclaimed book Barricades and Borders.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.82 inPublished:March 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192801317

ISBN - 13:9780192801319

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(to be confirmed)Introduction1. Crisis of Empire2. Crisis in the State3. Echoes of the occupation4. Thirty Glorious, Twenty Inglorious Years5. The One and Indivisible Republic?6. Cultural Revolutions7. The Republic of the Centre8. France in Search of a World Role9. Conclusion: The Challenges Facing France

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`a very thoughtful and stimulating analysis ... He is acute about the ways in which France today needs to change to meet the challenges of its new role in the world.'John Ardagh