A Certain Idea of France

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A Certain Idea of France

A Certain Idea of France

The Life of Charles de Gaulle

  • Author: Julian Jackson
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 1846143527
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 944
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A SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH, NEW STATESMAN, SPECTATOR, FINANCIAL TIMES, TLS BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Masterly ... awesome reading ... an outstanding biography' Max Hastings, Sunday Times The definitive biography of the greatest French statesman of modern times In six weeks in the early summer of 1940, France was over-run by German troops and quickly surrendered. The French government of Marshal Pétain sued for peace and signed an armistice. One little-known junior French general, refusing to accept defeat, made his way to England. On 18 June he spoke to his compatriots over the BBC, urging them to rally to him in London. 'Whatever happens, the flame of French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished.' At that moment, Charles de Gaulle entered into history. For the rest of the war, de Gaulle frequently bit the hand that fed him. He insisted on being treated as the true embodiment of France, and quarrelled violently with Churchill and Roosevelt. He was prickly, stubborn, aloof and self-contained. But through sheer force of personality and bloody-mindedness he managed to have France recognised as one of the victorious Allies, occupying its own zone in defeated Germany. For ten years after 1958 he was President of France's Fifth Republic, which he created and which endures to this day. His pursuit of 'a certain idea of France' challenged American hegemony, took France out of NATO and twice vetoed British entry into the European Community. His controversial decolonization of Algeria brought France to the brink of civil war and provoked several assassination attempts. Julian Jackson's magnificent biography reveals this the life of this titanic figure as never before. It draws on a vast range of published and unpublished memoirs and documents - including the recently opened de Gaulle archives - to show how de Gaulle achieved so much during the War when his resources were so astonishingly few, and how, as President, he put a medium-rank power at the centre of world affairs. No previous biography has depicted his paradoxes so vividly. Much of French politics since his death has been about his legacy, and he remains by far the greatest French leader since Napoleon.

A Certain Idea of France

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A Certain Idea of France

A Certain Idea of France

French Security Policy and Gaullist Legacy

  • Author: Phillip H. Gordon
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 9781400820917
  • Category: History
  • Page: 292
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As France begins to confront the new challenges of the post-Cold War era, the time has come to examine how French security policy has evolved since Charles de Gaulle set it on an independent course in the 1960s. Philip Gordon shows that the Gaullist model, contrary to widely held beliefs, has lived on--but that its inherent inconsistencies have grown more acute with increasing European unification, the diminishing American military role in Europe, and related strains on French military budgets. The question today is whether the Gaullist legacy will enable a strong and confident France to play a full role in Europe's new security arrangements or whether France, because of its will to independence, is destined to play an isolated, national role. Gordon analyzes military doctrines, strategies, and budgets from the 1960s to the 1990s, and also the evolution of French policy from the early debates about NATO and the European Community to the Persian Gulf War. He reveals how and why Gaullist ideas have for so long influenced French security policy and examines possible new directions for France in an increasingly united but potentially unstable Europe.

Certain Ideas of France

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Certain Ideas of France

Certain Ideas of France

Essays on French History and Civilization

  • Author: H. L. Wesseling
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780313323416
  • Category: History
  • Page: 205
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Wesseling, one of the Netherlands' most respected contemporary historians, offers a great variety of studies and essays on modern French history and historians. The work is unique in its combination of biographical and structural approaches.

A Certain Idea of Europe

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A Certain Idea of Europe

A Certain Idea of Europe

  • Author: Craig Parsons
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • ISBN: 1501732080
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 272
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The quasi-federal European Union stands out as the major exception in the thinly institutionalized world of international politics. Something has led Europeans—and only Europeans—beyond the nation-state to a fundamentally new political architecture. Craig Parsons argues in A Certain Idea of Europe that this "something" was a particular set of ideas generated in Western Europe after the Second World War. In Parsons's view, today's European Union reflects the ideological (and perhaps visionary) project of an elite minority. His book traces the progressive victory of this project in France, where the battle over European institutions erupted most divisively. Drawing on archival research and extensive interviews with French policymakers, the author carefully traces a fifty-year conflict between radically different European plans. Only through aggressive leadership did the advocates of a supranational "community" Europe succeed at building the EU and binding their opponents within it. Parsons puts the causal impact of ideas, and their binding effects through institutions, at the center of his book. In so doing he presents a strong logic of "social construction"—a sharp departure from other accounts of EU history that downplay the role of ideas and ideology.

Charles de Gaulle

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Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle

  • Author: Julian Jackson
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781904341444
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 170
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Capturing all the contradictions that made him a fascinating figure on the world stage, this new biography of Charles De Gaulle retraces his rise to prominence, his powerful struggle against the Nazis during World War II, and his eventual sometimes spotty record as French leader after the war. Original.

As Mighty as the Sword

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As Mighty as the Sword

As Mighty as the Sword

A Study of the Writings of Charles de Gaulle

  • Author: Alan Pedley
  • Publisher: Intellect Books
  • ISBN: 9780950259536
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 226
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This first substantial monograph in English devoted to de Gaulle's literary output examines the key role played by de Gaulle's writings in his rise to power.

Charles de Gaulle's Legacy of Ideas

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Charles de Gaulle's Legacy of Ideas

Charles de Gaulle's Legacy of Ideas

  • Author: Benjamin M. Rowland
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 073916452X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 125
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Charles de Gaulle combined the skills to master the politics of his own day with an uncanny sense of where history was going and how to position France accordingly. The essays in this volume examine certain of the policies and themes de Gaulle pursued nationally, in the European region, and internationally, giving consideration to their significance in his own time and today.

The Fall of France

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The Fall of France

The Fall of France

The Nazi Invasion of 1940

  • Author: Julian Jackson
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 019162232X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 296
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On 16 May 1940 an emergency meeting of the French High Command was called at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris. The German army had broken through the French lines on the River Meuse at Sedan and elsewhere, only five days after launching their attack. Churchill, who had been telephoned by Prime Minister Reynaud the previous evening to be told that the French were beaten, rushed to Paris to meet the French leaders. The mood in the meeting was one of panic and despair; there was talk of evacuating Paris. Churchill asked Gamelin, the French Commander in Chief, 'Where is the strategic reserve?' 'There is none,' replied Gamelin. This exciting book by Julian Jackson, a leading historian of twentieth-century France, charts the breathtakingly rapid events that led to the defeat and surrender of one of the greatest bastions of the Western Allies, and thus to a dramatic new phase of the Second World War. The search for scapegoats for the most humiliating military disaster in French history began almost at once: were miscalculations by military leaders to blame, or was this an indictment of an entire nation? Using eyewitness accounts, memoirs, and diaries, Julian Jackson recreates, in gripping detail, the intense atmosphere and dramatic events of these six weeks in 1940, unravelling the historical evidence to produce a fresh answer to the perennial question of whether the fall of France was inevitable.

Landscapes of Loss

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Landscapes of Loss

Landscapes of Loss

The National Past in Postwar French Cinema

  • Author: Naomi Greene
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 9781400823048
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 240
  • View: 4087
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In Landscapes of Loss, Naomi Greene makes new sense of the rich variety of postwar French films by exploring the obsession with the national past that has characterized French cinema since the late 1960s. Observing that the sense of grandeur and destiny that once shaped French identity has eroded under the weight of recent history, Greene examines the ways in which French cinema has represented traumatic and defining moments of the nation's past: the political battles of the 1930s, the Vichy era, decolonization, the collapse of ideologies. Drawing upon a broad spectrum of films and directors, she shows how postwar films have reflected contemporary concerns even as they have created images and myths that have helped determine the contours of French memory. This study of the intricate links between French history, memory, and cinema begins by examining the long shadow cast by the Vichy past: the repressed memories and smothered unease that characterize the cinema of Alain Resnais are seen as a kind of prelude to a fierce battle for national memory that marked so-called rétro films of the 1970s and 1980s. The shifting political and historical perspectives toward the nation's more distant past, which also emerged in these years, are explored in the light of the films of one of France's leading directors, Bertrand Tavernier. Finally, the mood of nostalgia and melancholy that appears to haunt contemporary France is analyzed in the context of films about the nation's imperial past as well as those that hark back to a "golden age," a remembered paradis perdu, of French cinema itself.

Aspects of Contemporary France

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Aspects of Contemporary France

Aspects of Contemporary France

  • Author: Sheila Perry
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134788878
  • Category: History
  • Page: 280
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France is defined by claims of uniqueness made by or about the French. Aspects of Contemporary France illuminates the contemporary economic, cultural, political and social climate of France. Using a multidisciplinary approach, this book explains the historical background to controversial issues. It also traces France's road to nationhood through religion, language and territory. Each chapter is by a specialist in the field and is based on the most up to date information and research. Beginning with the present day, the book traces the historical background to events and provides a context for evaluation. The wide-ranging and varied themes covered include: * political parties * regions in the market place * television and film * women * secularism and Islam * linguistic policies * French consumers The book also offers a helpful chronology at the end of each chapter, a detailed bibliography and a recommended reading list. Aspects of Contemporary France presents an analytical as well as informative appraoch to French Studies. It provides a readily accessible but in-depth understanding for students of France or French civilization at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.