The Extreme Right in France, 1789 to the Present: From de Maistre to le Pen

The Extreme Right in France, 1789 to the Present: From de Maistre to le Pen

The Extreme Right in France, 1789 to the Present: From de Maistre to le Pen

The Extreme Right in France, 1789 to the Present: From de Maistre to le Pen

Synopsis

The Extreme Right in France, 1789 to the Present surveys the history of a fascinating but contentious political and intellectual tradition. Since 1789 the far right has been an important factor in French political life and in different eras has taken on a range of guises including traditionalism, ultra-royalism, radical nationalism, anti-Semitism and fascism.This book is structured around the five main phases of extreme right activity, and the author explores key questions about each:* Counter-revolution - what was the legacy of Joseph de Maistre's writings?* Anti-Third Republic protest - how was the 'new right' of the 1880s and 1890s different from the 'old right' of previous decades?* Inter-war fascism - how should we characterise the phenomenon of fascisme fran¿¿aise ?* Vichy - why did P¿¿tain and Laval collaborate with the Nazis?* The Post-war far right - what is the relationship between Poujadism, Alg¿¿rie Fran¿¿aise and Le Pen's FN?

Excerpt

I am very grateful for the support I received from the University of Huddersfield during the preparation of this piece of work. in addition, I would sincerely like to thank Rainer Horn and Malcolm Crook for their time and advice, Gillian Oliver and Victoria Peters at Routledge for their encouragement, and all the people I have met in France who have aided me in my research.

Peter Davies

November 2001

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