France since The Popular Front: Government and People 1936-1996

Paperback | July 1, 1997

byMaurice Larkin

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The American Historical Review described the first edition as ' a tour de force; there is no equivalent work in English or French that covers the history of France during the last fifty years with such depth and originality'. The Journal of Modern History found it, 'unusually readable, thework of a literate and witty scholar with easy control of a huge body of material'. In this new edition, Professor Larkin extends his analysis of French history since the Depression to 1996. He examines the factors that have shaped the evolution of French social, economic, and political life, from the short-lived ministries of the Third and Fourth Republics to the greaterstability of the Fifth Republic. In addition to his lively portrayals of the principal figures and events of the period, Professor Larkin puts France in its broad international context, comparing the country's economic performance and social record with those of its European neighbours. `The first textbook to cover its period in one volume...An enormous amount of material is presented with clarity and elegance...a volume which cannot fail to become a standard textbook.' English Historical Review `a superb contribution to the literature on contemporary France' Journal of Social History 'A remarkable achievement based on massive research and usefully illustrated with tables and other statistical details...This will undoubtedly become an important reference for all those working in the field...' Modern and Contemporary France 'lively and often amusing narrative...Larkin's concern is with "the interaction of people, government and material change"...This interaction is set most illuminatingly in its comparative context, with much useful statistical data.' Times Higher Education Supplement

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The American Historical Review described the first edition as ' a tour de force; there is no equivalent work in English or French that covers the history of France during the last fifty years with such depth and originality'. The Journal of Modern History found it, 'unusually readable, thework of a literate and witty scholar with easy...

Maurice Larkin is at University of Edinburgh.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:522 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:July 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface1. France in the 1930s2. `La Republique des Deputes': Politics in the 1930s3. The Popular Front: Legend and Legacy4. The Road to Compiegne: Diplomacy and War, 1936-19405. The Occupation6. Resistance and Liberation7. Retribution and the New Jerusalem: The CNR Charter8. The Constitution of the Fourth Republic9. The Pattern of Politics, 1946-195410. Economic Growth and Social Change, 1947-197311. France Overseas, 1944-195412. Janus and Cassandra: The Mendes-France Ministry and What Followed, 1954-195513. Impasse, 1956-195814. `La Republique des Dupes'15. `La Republique des Citoyens'16. De Gaulle's Foreign Policy17. Challenge and Response, 1968-197418. Reform and Recession: The Giscardian Era, 1974-198119. Keynesianism in One Country: The Socialist Experiment20. The Regime on Trial: Cohabitation and Its Consequences, 1986-198821. Further Trials: From Rocard to Juppe, 1988-199622. The Cold Peace and the Shadow of Germany: International Relations 1986-199623. L'Avant-Fin-de-SiecleAppendices: I Figures; II Tables; III French Governments 1936-1996; IV The Arts and the Public in the 1930sNotesSelect BibliographyIndex

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Praise for the first edition: "Maurice Larkin has accomplished a kind of tour de force; there is no equivalent work in English or French that covers the history of France during the last fifty years with such depth and originality....It will inevitably find its way onto graduate reading lists andmay well be adopted as a text in undergraduate courses in French history, but it may also be read with profit by the specialist."--American Historical ReviewPraise for the first edition: "Maurice Larkin has accomplished a kind of tour de force; there is no equivalent work in English or French that covers the history of France during the last fifty years with such depth and originality....It will inevitably find its way onto graduate reading lists andmay well be adopted as a text in undergraduate courses in French history, but it may also be read with profit by the specialist."--American Historical Review