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An Indochinese Dominion

L'Effort indochinois and Autonomy in a Global Context, 1936–1939

M. Kathryn Edwards

In March 1938, the Hanoi newspaper L'Annam nouveau reflected on the political climate in Indochina that had come into being with the advent of the French Popular Front: For the past two years—specifically since August 1936— … a number of new

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Family Values and the Radio

The 1937 Radio Elections and the Miniseries France

Joelle Neulander

In early 1937, French radio owners participated in elections for governing boards of their local public stations. The election, which had occurred once before in 1935 to little fanfare, became a locus of political and social debate about the state of both government and radio in France. Two parties emerged; one, Radio-Liberty, was supported by the Popular Front and had an overtly democratic and political mission and slate of candidates. The other, Radio-Family, was supported by a coalition of right-wing groups and claimed to champion French listeners and families in a nonpolitical fashion, protecting listeners from far-Left political rhetoric and immoral broadcasts. Radio-Family handily won the election, and state radio responded to the conservative message by producing radio plays like France, a miniseries that espoused a conservative vision of French history, seemingly at odds with the left-wing coalition in government.

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The Public Mind

Edward Thomas's Social Mysticism

Stan Smith

According to his biographer R. P. Eckert, Edward Thomas was unaffected by the ‘social changes that seemed to have sprung up, almost overnight, when Edward VII ascended the throne’, preferring instead the work of Thomas Traherne (1637-74), ‘of a past generation, out of place in the company of modern social theory’. Writing in 1936-7, at the height of the Popular Front, Eckert assumed that ‘modern social theory’ was a front organisation for communism. Certainly, Thomas was never a ‘party politician’ – his phrase in the introduction to Richard Jefferies’ The Hills and the Vale (1909) to contrast with Jefferies’ ‘revolutionary’ commitment to the rural poor. He professed in The South Country the same year that ‘Politics … reforms and preservations … I cannot grasp; my mind refuses to deal with them’. But he also numbered himself in The Country (1913) among those ‘not indifferent to movements affecting multitudes’, who ‘may even have become entangled in one or another kind of social net’, and the circles in which he moved at Bedales school, where his wife Helen taught, were socialist, feminist and libertarian in a distinctively Georgian mode.

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From an Economic Term to a Political Concept

The Conceptual Innovation of “Self-Management” in Soviet Estonia

Juhan Saharov

political route: (1) a movement that consisted of reform-socialist intelligentsia, the liberal wing of the Estonian Communist Party and, most importantly, the Estonian Popular Front, 7 who together supported step-by-step tactics by conceptualizing new

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The Origins of the Stanley Hoffmann We Knew

Some Comparisons on his Vichy Years with My Family Story

Peter Gourevitch

enveloped my family in important events, which I studied with Stanley Hoffmann—the Popular Front and the Spanish Civil War. The Communists had been hostile to the Socialists in Weimar, calling them “social fascists” and refusing to cooperate in stopping the

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Nick Underwood

women, the victory of the Popular Front, and about the dangers that fascism in France, Germany, and Italy posed to the social status of women. 38 In her study of youth politics during the interwar period, Susan Whitney argues that “dropping their

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Parallel Lives

Remembering the PCF and the CGT

George Ross

century. The PCF, founded after World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution, was a political outlaw until the Popular Front in the 1930s, and then again during World War II. For a brief period after 1945 its participation in the Resistance made it an

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Aro Velmet and Rachel Kantrowitz

fifth chapter. Here, Senghor emerges as a public figure in Senegal during what Gamble argues to be the pivotal years of the Popular Front, the short-lived coalition that governed France between 1936 and 1938. Gamble is the first to closely examine what

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Yan Slobodkin

French empire. The Popular Front’s minister of colonies Marius Moutet expressed this newly-assumed responsibility unambiguously in 1936, writing, “I could have nothing else for my first concern than the study of what I am forced to call, without wanting

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Alena Minchenia

2010 ; Stoker 2006 ) becomes even more pronounced. The first generation of protest professionals came out of the national movement of the late 1980s. At that time, several civil and political organizations (such as the Belarusian Popular Front, the