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Objects of Dispute

Planning, Discourse, and State Power in Post-War France

Edward Welch

French national destiny with institutional structures legitimizing that personal authority and channeling it as transformative agency (Rémond’s “volonté d’agir”). What is also crucial about Gaullism, as I noted above, is not just that it draws shared

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Political and Narrative Ambiguities in La Bataille du Rail

Silvie Lindeperg

Unanimously celebrated as an authentic representation of French railroad workers' resistance against the Germans during the Occupation, René Clément's La Bataille du rail (The Battle of the Rails, 1945) was a valuable piece of ideological capital in the wake of France's liberation. Through a close reading of the film's production and reception, this article shows that the film's heroic blueprinting of the Resistance was the result of mediation between two opposing points of view: that of the Marxist Left, which sought to portray the Resistance as belonging to the working class, and that of the Gaullists, who were intent on promoting the myth of an idealized "True France" without class or ideological divisions and united in its opposition to the Germans.

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Nicolas Sarkozy et le Gaullisme

Stephen Lequet

The election of President Sarkozy has often been presented as a rupture of the French Right with Gaullism, a new blend of neo-conservatism and neo-liberalism. The newly elected president was barely able to hide his sympathy with this interpretation. However, since his presidential campaign, Nicolas Sarkozy has repeatedly claimed a Gaullist legacy, using its symbols and drawing on its rhetoric. Sarkozy's political career, moreover, was entirely built up within the Gaullist party, and he proclaimed his affiliation with Gaullisy ideas. Therefore, in order to study and understand Nicolas Sarkozy it is essential to revisit his complex relationship with Gaullism. Likewise, Sarkozyism also has to be included in any analysis of the many contemporary forms of the Gaullist phenomenon.

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Valerie Deacon

Indochina and Géraud Létang's article on Gaullism in Chad. 5 Free French committees formed all over the world—in Asia, Africa, South and Central America, the Caribbean, and North America. But as Charlotte Faucher and Laure Humbert note in their introduction

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Transnational Cultural Propaganda

French Cultural Policies in Britain during the Second World War

Charlotte Faucher

'Harmattan, 1999), 271–282; Iain Stewart, “The Other Free French: La France Libre , Anti-Gaullism and the Issue of Press Freedom in Wartime Britain,” paper delivered at the conference “Beyond de Gaulle and Beyond London: New Approaches to the History of the Free

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Book Reviews

Camille Robcis and Benjamin Poole

introduction, “something very significant happened between 1975 and 1985”: the end of the postwar economic prosperity, the collapse of the Marxist consensus, the implosion of Gaullism, the changing figure of the intellectual, and the various “cohabitations

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Interrogating Sartre and Apartheid

Mabogo Percy More

Ian Birchall states that Sartre has been a witness to a historical period which includes: “The Popular Front and factory occupations of 1936, the German Occupation and the Resistance, the Algerian war, Gaullism, the May events of 1968, the twin

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Reading Machiavelli and La Boétie with Lefort

Interpretation, Ideology and Conflict Then and Now

Emmanuel Charreau

events: ‘in the French context, for example, the war in Indochina, the Algerian war, the emergence of Gaullism, the creation of the Union of the Left; and above all in the European context, the revolts which over the last twenty-five years have rocked the